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Yellow Fever Vaccination

Any person, Foreigner or Indian, (excluding infants below six months) arriving by air or sea without a vaccination certificate of yellow fever will be kept in quarantine isolation for a period up to 6 days if :

  1. He arrives in India within 6 days of departure from an infected area.
  2. Has come on a ship which has started from or transited at any port in a yellow fever affected country within 30 days of its arrival in India provided such ship has not been disinfected in accordance with the procedure laid down by WHO.

There is no health check requirement by Indian Government on passengers leaving India.

Persons leaving for a yellow fever infected area are advised to be in possession of valid yellow fever vaccination certificates before they leave the country. The Government of Guyana requires that all persons including diplomats travelling to that country from India to possess valid yellow fever and cholera inoculation certificates before they leave India.

The following countries and areas are regarded as Yellow Fever infected

(a) Africa: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire), Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast (Cote D’Ivoire), Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan (South of 15° N), Togo, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.

(b) South America. Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela and Panama.

Note. When a case of Yellow Fever is reported from any country, that country is regarded by the Government of India as infected with the Yellow Fever and is added to the above list.

Vaccination against yellow fever is carried out to prevent the importation of yellow fever virus into vulnerable countries. These are countries where yellow fever does not occur but where the mosquito vector and non-human primate hosts are present. If yellow fever vaccination is contraindicated for medical reasons, a medical certificate is required for exemption

Few Embassies in India made it mandatory to process the visa application and for entering to their countries.

If you are travelling to yellow fever infected countries, you need to get vaccination against yellow fever ten day days prior to the departure and a vaccination card has to be obtained.

In most of the centers you need to register the name few days in advance as the vaccination is given only selective days in a week. Also you need to carry passport, and fee for vaccination. In few centers you have to bring the Yellow card outside, which can be obtained from various air line offices (e.g. Kenyan Airlines offices, Air India offices).

The validity of this certificate shall extended for period of ten years, beginning ten days after the date of vaccination

The International Certificate of vaccination or revaccination against Yellow fever is valid only if the vaccine used has been approved by the World Health Organization and if the vaccinating center has been designated by the Health administration for the territory in which that center is situated.

This certificate must be signed by in his own hand by a Medical practitioner or other person authorized by the National Health Administration; his official stamp is not an accepted substitute for his signature.

Any amendment of this certificate, or erasure, or failure to complete any part of it, may render it invalid.


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