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Yellow Fever vaccination requirement for Easter Island?

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1. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4275 posts) 6 Feb '08 13:56

Sander has indicated that this thread is about Chile

I'm going to be travelling through Peru for a month, staying strictly to the regions of the country where there's no risk whatsoever of Yellow Fever. Following this month, I'm flying to Santiago de Chile one morning, and late in the afternoon of the same day I'll have a flight to Easter Island, where I'll stay for a week.
Apparently the entry rules for Easter Island (note: not Chile) are that proof of yellow fever vaccination is "Required for travelers coming from an endemic zone" (Later on that page it defines "traveling from an endemic zone" as "transit through an endemic zone in the previous 6 days. Country requirements are subject to change at any time; therefore, CDC encourages travelers to check with the appropriate embassy or consulate prior to departure." Although I'm wondering if there's any meaning in the difference between "travelling from an endemic zone" which is listed for most countries, versus Easter Island's "coming from an endemic zone".)

So, questions:
1) Does anyone have a link to the appropriate embassy or consulate where I can find out if this still holds?
2) Does anyone know if there's direct transport to Easter Island from anywhere that's an endemic zone, or have any other argument which could convince me that "coming from" doesn't apply to me since I'd be "coming from" Chile?)
3) Does anyone have personal experience with flying to Easter Island after having recently visited Peru, and can tell me anything about how strictly they check? I'd really hate having to get the expensive and for me totally useless Yellow Fever vaccine just to comply with bureaucratic rules, yet obviously I'd hate even more to be denied entry to Easter Island over something like this.

2. Posted by vagamundo (Budding Member, 13 posts) 6 Feb '08 14:04

Hi there,
I have forwarded your request to a colleague of mine who is living on Easter Island, he may know.
Will let you know in case I get an answer (they can be a bit slow on that island ;)...).
Best from
Jessica

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4275 posts) 6 Feb '08 14:06

Thanks Jessica! Much appreciated. :)

4. Posted by vagamundo (Budding Member, 13 posts) 7 Feb '08 01:36

Hi there, here comes the answer from my colleague who lives on EI:
"I have never heard of anyone on Easter Island checking for any kind of vaccination. At one time the Chilean authorities put out a warning re:dengue which really hurt the island. The authorities were overreacting....
Try to contact the "Camara de Turismo" on Easter Island; I myself am north of Samoa at this stage."
Hope it helps a bit. Say hello to the Moais from me. I was there in 1998 but could not get off the cruise vessel (working) due to problems we had. Did not see one single figure, not even with binoculars :(.

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4275 posts) 27 Aug '08 05:23

Just in case anyone stumbles upon this thread in the future, I figured it'd be worth mentioning that I was indeed not asked in any way or form for proof of yellow fever vaccination when I arrived at Easter Island. In fact, since I was flying in from Santiago de Chile, there wasn't any passport control of anything else whatsoever to go through - just stepped off the plane, picked up my luggage and walked out.