Yellow Fever

Health Requirements

A person seeking to enter the Republic of South Africa may be required to produce an international health certificate containing details of vaccination.

Immunization for yellow fever is a requirement if the journey starts or entails passing through the yellow fever belt of Africa or Central and South America. The following countries fall within the belt:

Travellers going to or coming from Zambia, Tanzania, Eritrea, Somalia as well as Sao Tome and Principe will no longer be required to produce a yellow fever vaccination certificate when in South Africa as these countries have been included on the World Health Organization (WHO) list of countries with low potential for exposure to yellow fever virus.

In line with the International Health Regulations, 2005, South Africa requires a valid yellow fever certificate from all citizens and non citizens over one year of age:

  • Travelling from a yellow fever risk country; or
  • Having been in transit exceeding 12 hours, through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Africa

Angola
Burundi
Benin
Burkina Faso
Cameroon
Central Africa Republic
Chad
Congo
Democratic Republic of Congo
Equatorial Guinea
Ethiopia
Gambia
Gabon
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Ivory Coast
Kenya
Liberia
Mali
Mauritania
Niger
Nigeria
Rwanda
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Sudan
South Sudan
Togo
Uganda

Central and South America

Argentina
Bolivia
Brazil
Colombia
Ecuador
French Guyana
Guyana
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago
Venezuela

Yellow fever certificates are valid for a period of 10 years commencing 10 days after the date of immunization or, in the case of re-immunization, within such a period of 10 years, from the date of that re-immunization.

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