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Country Health Advice Colombia

Required Vaccinations: Yellow Fever

A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers coming from – or who are in airport transit for more than 12 hours within – a country with risk of Yellow Fever transmission.* It is also required for all travellers going to the departments of Amazonas, Arauca, Caquetá, Casanare, César, Guainía, Guaviare, La Guajira, Meta, Putumayo, Vaupés, and Vichada, as well as certain regions of Bolívar, Boyacá, Huila, Magdalena, Norte de Santander, and Santander. The vaccination requirement is imposed by this country for protection against Yellow Fever since the principal mosquito vector Aedes aegypti is present in its territory.

Children: A vaccination certificate is required for children over 1 year of age.

* ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATION: For your protection, Yellow Fever vaccination is recommended for all travellers over 9 months travelling at altitudes below 2300 m / 7546 ft since most of this country is in the Yellow Fever endemic zone.

Vaccination is not recommended if only travelling to Cartagena, Calí, Medellín, or Baranquilla. Take meticulous anti-mosquito bite measures during the daytime in these cities. Bogotá and the islands of San Andrès y Providencia are risk free.

Alert: Countries may change their vaccination requirements without notice and in some instances border agents use their discretion to deny entry despite the officially stated requirements.

If there is risk of Yellow Fever at your destination, whether vaccination is required for entry or not, be prepared to show a certificate of vaccination or a waiver stating the medical reasons for not being vaccinated.

Last updated: February 16, 2018

Risk of Yellow Fever transmission exists in these countries:
AFRICA - Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Uganda.

AMERICAS - Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela.

Validity of certificate
A Yellow Fever certificate is valid 10 days after vaccination.

The World Health Organization announced that as of 11 July 2016, existing and new Yellow Fever vaccination certificates are valid for life. Countries can no longer require travellers to show proof of re-vaccination or a booster dose as a condition of entry. Travellers should note that this new regulation may not be honoured by all border authorities during the transition phase.

Note: A vaccination waiver can be issued by your medical practitioner if the Yellow Fever vaccine is contraindicated for medical reasons. Be aware that problems may arise when crossing borders and the vaccination waiver may not be honoured. Take meticulous anti-mosquito bite measures during the daytime in Yellow Fever risk areas. More details on insect bite prevention.

Yellow Fever symptoms, prevention, and vaccine contraindications

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