Yellow Fever Card in SE Asia?

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1. Posted by WilliamTi (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

So I'm trying to understand the the requirements in SE Asia. Most countries say "The government of Laos requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever."

Here is the list of countries with risk.

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2018/infectious-diseases-related-to-travel/yellow-fever#5291

It has many countries in South America. Although most of the areas in those SA countries are low risk and they do not require Yellow fever vaccines to enter.

So am I understanding this correctly? if I enter any SA country on that list, I will need a yellow fever card to go to SE Asia?

Does anyone have any experience with this?

I'm trying to understand vaccination requirements, and it seems to me that Yellow Fever is the only vaccine that is "required" to enter some places, but only if you're coming from certain countries. Otherwise I haven't seen any country that requires anything else.

2. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1237 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

While travelling around South America five years ago, we were told to get yellow fever vaccines and carry the proof of vaccination (guide books, the internet and GPs suggest this). [We had been to SE Asia many times previously and never needed proof of any vaccine.] I think (although the memory fades over time) that we needed the proof when returning to New Zealand from Peru. Three years ago, we definitely needed the proof when travelling from Guyana to Suriname over the land (river) border and a couple of months ago we needed proof when entering the Seychelles from Africa (Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya). I don't recall ever needing to present the card in SE Asia but I've never travelled directly to there from either Africa nor S America.

On the other hand, the vaccine now lasts a lifetime and, if you are going to be anywhere that has yellow fever or you might be at risk of catching yellow fever, it might be worth having the vaccine now and keeping the card with your passport permanently - you never really know when it might be required. If in doubt, consult with a medical professional who specialises in international travel.

3. Posted by road to roam (Respected Member 142 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

These YF requirements, from country to country, are constantly in flux

We received our YF shots cheap at a travelers clinic.... in the US, mind you.

Hopefully you can buy yourself peace of mind at this stage and get the YF vax. You may or may not need to show your "yellow" passport - have it anyway.

[ Edit: Edited on 13-Mar-2019, at 22:37 by road to roam ]

4. Posted by ToddP (Moderator 174 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

I was never asked for proof of Yellow Fewer vaccinations while in South America. I don't believe they are in the yellow fewer risk areas (no experience about Guyana or Suriname though).

SE Asia was the same and no proof of yellow fewer vaccinations was asked at the point of entry.

I am planning trip to Benin and Togo and all immigration information clearly states about the requirement of up to date yellow fewer vaccinations. My learning so far that if proof of yellow vaccination is required then it's clearly stated within the official immigration information.

5. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1143 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

If you plan to travel globally it's always wise to carry your certificate of vaccination (for yellow fever, etc.) with your passport. The yellow fever immunization now lasts a lifetime.

In some countries, such as Cameroon and Gabon, you'll also be asked to show the certificate at some internal checkpoints. This is in addition to entry into the country.

The cost of the vaccination in the U.S. is not cheap (about $200 with fees). Also see this from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Sanofi Pasteur, the manufacturer of the only yellow fever vaccine (YF-Vax) licensed in the United States, announced that YF-Vax for civilian use is expected to be available from the manufacturer again by mid-2019. However, YF-VAX might be available at some clinics, until remaining supplies at those sites are used up. Sanofi Pasteur applied and received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make another yellow fever vaccine available in the United States under an investigational new drug (IND) program.* Manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur in France, this vaccine, Stamaril, is registered and distributed in more than 70 countries. It is comparable in safety and efficacy to YF-Vax.

In order to meet the requirements of the IND program, Sanofi Pasteur can provide Stamaril to only a limited number of clinics. Sanofi has identified sites throughout the United States to include in the program so patients can have continued access to yellow fever vaccine.

If cost is of concern, you might consider getting the yellow fever shot in other countries, such as India.

6. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 200 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Just FYI-
YF is not endemic in SE Asia- (there have been some imported cases to Asia, but it is not acquired locally)
Vaccination is required only if you had traveled from another country with YF, then travel to SE Asia

7. Posted by DomR (Budding Member 14 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

I was in Thailand last Dec./Jan; and that time I travelled with Ethiopian Airlines (yes!) with a transfer in Addis Ababa. Although most of the passengers on my flight were only in Addis a
for a few-hours transit, we had to check first at the health service desk at Bangkok airport, where we had to show our YF vaccination card; immigration won't process you unless.

It was the first time it happened to me as the other times I travelled with other airlines (not coming directly from a YF country)

8. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1143 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

That's why I always carry my international vaccination certificate with my passport.

9. Posted by UliS (Travel Guru 130 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

If you are unlucky and Immigration asks for the YF vaccination card you won't be able to enter and might have to buy a (expensive) ticket out.