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Quick question regarding Yellow Fever

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1. Posted by stupidn00b (Budding Member 47 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I am currently in Rio de Janeiro, flew from England. I have already had a Yellow Fever shot, which is required for many Latin American countries but I forgot to bring a certificate with me to say I have had the jab. Will this prevent me from crossing borders? I intend to go to Argentina next, followed by Chile, Peru and then Colombia.

Thanks in advance


2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Can't comment on the situation in Colombia, but I was never asked for my certificate when entering any of the other countries you mention. Nevertheless, there are no guarantees; this would be a perfectly legitimate reason for an immigration official to deny your entry.

3. Posted by stupidn00b (Budding Member 47 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I see. I guess Ill have to risk it, as I fly back from Bogota. Thanks for the prompt reply amigo.

4. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

was never asked to show my cerificat,not even in Peru when I was flying to Iquitos/Amazon.
dont worry.

[ Edit: Edited on 08-Jul-2009, at 13:55 by marlis ]

5. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I was never asked for it either and crossed borders in Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil.

Apparently, it's absolutely mandatory for entry to Bolivia but never had to show proof of having had the shot.

6. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I´ve just flown into Argentina this morning from Peru and was in Chile 2 weeks ago... haven´t been asked for my Yellow fever certificate yet....

7. Posted by Ofelia (Respected Member 142 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I've crossed the Colombian border a few times, and have never been asked for the certificate. However, you can get a free yellow fever shot at some health clinics in Brazil- my friend did this, as she forgot to get a vaccination in Europe. However, I'm not a medical professional so I have no idea how having 2 shots close to one another affects you...might be worth checking before getting a second one!

8. Posted by way2goeh (Full Member 159 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I can only speak for a few countries. I live in Brasil and the only place that yellow fever is required is anywhere west of Alagoas. Obviously Rio and Sao Paulo and anywhere south is not needed. Argentina and Chile is not required. Its basically wherever there is a jungle. I HAD to have it when I entered Panama and they did check, but not in Venezuela. The shot is good for 10 years, so they say, and I was told that after one month is ok to re-shot if lost cert. In Brasil, all airports have this clinic for about 5 dollars but you have to take 10 days before you enter the questionable country. Hope this helps

9. Posted by Katie76 (Budding Member 18 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

A quick question on this subject guys, I'm having a nightmare getting my shot here in spain, health place won't even pick up the phone!
Is it true that I can get one once I get to peru, but over 2 weeks before I go to Puerto Maldonado ( Jungle) ?
I'm gonna keep on the case here but would be a relief if I had an emergency back up.