Yellow fever

Yellow Fever Requirements

The Yelow Fever is an infectious vector-borne disease that is caused by a virus transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito vector such as Aedes Aegypti. South Africa has a risk of introduction of the disease as the mosquito vector exists in the country.

A vaccination against yellow fever is a requirement for a person whose journey starts or entails passing through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America. According to international health regulations, a valid yellow fever certificate is required from all citizens and non-citizens over one year of age:

  • Travelling from a yellow fever risk country;
  • Having been in transit exceeding 12 hours, through the Airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission;
  • Going to infected areas.

In order avoid the spreading of the disease in South Africa, the South African authorities require that all persons coming from (or travelling by) through the “yellow fever belt of Africa and South America” present an international yellow fever vaccination certificate upon arrival in the country. See list of countries concerned


The Yellow Fever Belt

For ease of reference the Yellow Fever Endemic Areas are (verify with your travel agent):


Angola
Argentina
Benin
Bolivia
Brasil
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Camerún
Chad
Colombia
Costa de Marfil
Ecuador

Etiopía
Gabón
Gambia
Ghana
Guinea Bissau
Guinea Ecuatorial
Guinea Francesa
Guyana
Kenia
Liberia
Mali
Níger

Nigeria
Panamá
Paraguay
Perú
Rca. Centroafricana
Rca. Democrática del Congo
Rca.Dem.de Guinea
Ruanda
Senegal

Sierra Leon
Somalia
Sto.Tome & Principe
Sudán
Surinam
Tanzania
Togo
Uganda
Venezuela
Zaire
Zambia

Every person arriving in South Africa from an endemic yellow fever area (included transit passengers) will be required to present a valid international yellow fever vaccination certificate or a letter from a doctor exempting the passenger from the vaccine explaining the reasons, which should be duly certified and translated into English. This requirement applies to every Argentinean travelling to South Africa.

The vaccine must be applied 10 (ten) days before travelling to SA, and it offers lifetime immunity. Those who do not exhibit the certificate on arrival must provide a medical certificate explaining why the person is excused. If not, they will be kept under a six day observation period or may be given the vaccine, in either case; they will have to assume the costs.

As a result, South Africa implements the following measures for all travellers from Yellow Fever risk countries who are unable to produce a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate at the port of entry:

  • Refuse entry,
  • Place traveller under quarantine until the certificate becomes valid.

In Buenos Aires, the centres issuing the International Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate are the following:

Dirección de Sanidad de Fronteras (free of charge)

Avda. Ingeniero Huergo 690. Cap. Fed

Open
from Monday to Friday from 10 a 15 hs.
Phone
4343-1190 | 4334-1875/7387/6028
Centro Stamboulian
www.stamboulian.com.ar
Phone
2206-6000
Hospital Alemán
Av. Pueyrredón 1640
Phone
4827-7000
Monday to Friday
from 10.30am to 11.30am and 1.30pm to 2.30pm.
www.hospitalaleman.com.ar
VACUNAR
0810-444-VACUNAR (8228)
www.vacunar.com.ar
Monday to Friday
from 12pm to 6pm.

In the provinces:

Buenos Aires

Area Sanidad de Fronteras
y T. De Transportes (Ctro. Vacunac.)
Phone
011-4480-0235
Puerto Buenos Aires
Ing. Huergo 690 Cap. Federal
Phone
011-4334-1875
Aeroparque
Av. Costanera R. Obligado s/n
Phone
011-4773-1406
Bahía Blanca (Ctro. Vacunación)
Montevideo 204 (C.P 8000)
Phone
0291-452-0675
Mar del Plata (Ctro. Vacunación)
Av. "A" s/n Zona Fiscal del Puerto
Phone
0223-480-3128
La Plata
O. De Rosas y Caggino Edif. Aduana 1° p
Phone
0221-469-3867
Puerto Quequen (Ctro. Vacunación)
Av. 10 N° 2941 Necochea
Phone
02262-432-999

Cordoba

Córdoba (Ctro. Vacunación)
9 de Julio 356 1° Piso
Phone
0351-428-3399

Corrientes

Corrientes (Ctro. Vacunación)
Rivadavia 1245
Phone
03783-421-576
Ituzaingo (Ctro. Vacunación)
Hospital Billingurst
Phone
03786-420-011
Paso de los Libres (Ctro. Vacunación)
Calle 108 N° 1049
Phone
03772-421-904

Chaco

Resistencia
R. Escalada 285
Phone
03722-426-518

Chubut

Comodoro Rivadavia
Hospital Regional Consultorio 85
H.Yrigoyen 950
Phone
0297-446-4800
Puerto Madryn (Ctro. Vacunación)
Agustín Pujol 247
Phone
02965-455-842

Entre Rios

Concepción del Uruguay (Ctro. Vacunación)
Perú 219 (C.P. 3260)
Phone
03442-428-626
Concordia (Ctro. Vacunación)
Pellegrini 780 Ctro. Mat. Infantil. Reconocimientos Médicos
Phone
0345-422-5137
Gualeguaychu (Ctro. Vacunación)
Hospital Centenario - 25 de Mayo 11752
Phone
03446-426-151
Paraná - Hospital Parana
Av. Presidente Perón 450
Phone
0343-423-4545

Formosa

Formosa (Ctro. Vacunación)
Saavedra 378 Dpto. B Planta Alta
Phone
03717-426-220 / 03717-433-737
Clorinda (Ctro. Vacunación)
Hospital Clorinda San Martín y Los Andes
Phone
03718-422-808

Jujuy

San Salvador de Jujuy (Ctro. Vacunación)
San Martín 61
Phone
0388-422-6439
La Quiaca
Lamadrid s/n Jujuy
Phone
0385-422-431

Mendoza

Mendoza Ciudad (Ctro. Vacunación)
Avda. España 1425 1° piso Ciudad (C.P 5500)
Phone
0261-429-3757
Aeropuerto Internacional El Plumerillo
Aeropuertos Argentina 2000
Phone
0261-448-7315

Misiones

Puerto Iguazú (Ctro. Vacunación)
Hospital Municipal Casilla Correo 40 USPI
Phone
0357-420-288
Posadas
Junín 2331
Phone
03752-422-714

Rio Negro

Unidad Sanitaria Bariloche - Sanidad de Fronteras . Ministerio de Salud de la Nación
Moreno 601 PB - San Carlos de Bariloche - Río Negro
mail
usbariloche@gmail.com
Phone
(294) 442-4040

Salta

Salta (Ctro. Vacunación)
Güemes 125
Phone
0387-421-6557

San Juan

San Juan (Ctro. Vacunación)
Santa Fe 179 Oeste (C.P. 5400)
Phone
0264-421-4693

Santa Cruz

Rio Gallegos (Ctro. Vacunación)
Ramón y Cajal 175 (C.P. 9400)
Phone
02966-422-306

Santa Fe

Rosario (Ctro. Vacunación)
Belgrano 836
Phone
0341-448-4971
Santa Fe
Obispo Gelavert 2964
Phone
0342-452-2468

Tucumán

Tucumán (Ctro. Vacunación)
Avda. República del Líbano 956
Phone
0381-433-0697

All of these will issue an appropriate International Certificate. Please confirm the hours of opening before going and ask about vaccination in children under 1 and adults over 60.

For further information, see the World Health Organization website

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