Posted: 7 Dec 2016 Yellow Fever Information for Travellers

 When planning your next holiday, please check all the health entry requirements for your intended destination. Due to high incidents of yellow fever and other infectious illnesses, the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa has introduced a strict programme to control the spread of these diseases. Warnings have been issued to all border officials and foreign affairs missions to enforce stricter control.

Please note: yellow fever vaccination is now valid for life in South Africa

According to International Health Regulations 2005, a valid international yellow fever certificate is required for all travellers:

  • Over the age of 1 year old
  • Travelling from a yellow fever risk country or
  • Having been in transit for 12 hours or more at an airport in a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission.

Travellers who are unable to produce a valid international certificate of vaccination on arrival in South Africa will either be:

  • Placed under quarantine surveillance until their certificate becomes valid or a period not more than 6 days OR
  • Refused entry into South Africa.
  • Please note that travellers in transit in Dakar and Accra (not leaving the aircraft), do not require a certificate.

A yellow fever certificate becomes valid and offers protection 10 days after the date of vaccination.

If in doubt as to whether a yellow fever vaccine is required, or to make an appointment for a vaccination, please contact any SA Netcare Travel Clinic branch.