A recent amendment to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) International Health Regulations (IHR) means that yellow fever certificates, in relation to international travel, will now have a lifetime validation.
Conditions for entry to South Africa
As a condition of entry, proof of yellow fever vaccination may be required from travelers who have passed through countries where yellow fever is endemic. Previously, international yellow fever vaccination certificates were only valid for 10 years.
The WHO recommended the update and amendment in May 2014, stating that a single dose of yellow fever vaccine confers life-long protection from the disease.
The new regulations are legally binding on all WHO member states, which includes South Africa, and effective from 11 July 2016.
The lifetime validity of these certificates applies to certificates issued after 11 July 2016, as well as certificates issued before that date.
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