does anyone have info on current requirement for yellow fever vaccinations for tourists ? Lonely Planet makes it sound pretty scary, if there is an outbreak, you may not be able to return home....WHEREVER home is. any help much appreciated. i am flying in from guatemala, returning to same. thanks
I wasn't asked for proof/hadn't had the vaccination when I went to Peru in April 06.
I have not been asked for proof of any vaccines this entire year (Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile). However, I do know of two Americans that had to show proof....in Bolivia if I recall.... I think they may be harder on Americans for this. I am a Canadian.....
On a side note....I have come to learn it is MUCH cheaper to get the vaccine down here in South America....I paid a good 70US if I recall for the Yellow Fever and some friends got it for 10US in Bolivia. You must show proof for Brazil from what I hear.
thanks much....according to Taca, looks like i don't have to have one if i am returning to guatemala, but would if i was heading to costa rica....different countries have different rules, and change them frequently. LOL
worst case scenario, i get to live in peru....yeehaw!
nobody asked us for one in any Central or South American country, but again I think it depends on which country you´re flying in from. there was an outbreak in paraguay recently, but that´s the only one i´ve heard of in 9 months in latin america...
I think you´d be very unlucky to be asked for one!
Simple rule...if you go to the jungle, have it...it's your own helath...if not forget about it...
Now you want a good joke. Was in Lima few years back (have been partying there 12 times between 2002 and 2006 to visit friends)....late flight to Rio. At check-in they told me...no yellow fever vaccine...no flight....even f I was going to Rio only 2 days...that's pretty stupid, but it was the rules...so paid around 25 usd...at the aiport doctor...the fun part...she asked me if I had any special condition...well....we had a great diner that night...asked her if too many drinks was a condition...she laughed....she laughed even more when I told her I was going only to Rio...but rules are rules...stupid as they are....we won;t change all of them.
Get another shot next week...because I'm going to Africa...guess what...the vaccine is valid 10 years, but have no idea where I put the certificate...so last one was five years ago...guess i'm going for another shot...won't kill me...this time I won't have a huge diner just before the flight....
good tip, about the jungle, many thanks. weirdly enough, the *suggestions* for getting the vaccine say you need it 10 days prior to entering.
Yes, because there is an inoculation (not sure of spelling ) period. That's why you want to do it 10 days prior to entering the infested area.
and to add....if you plan on going to brazil....they won´t allow you in until you have had the vaccine for at least 5 days prior to entering (this happened to some friends of mine). It might even be 10 days.....
Currently the UK FCO advice states that Peru have have instigated a no vaccination no entry policy. Other advice i have read of a similar status says that at some Police check points you may be required to have a vaccination if you havent already had one, can provide evidence and have entered the country prior to this policy.
However i have just crossed the border from Bolivia via Copacabana and was not asked for my yellow fever certificate at all and havent been since.
I wasnt asked to produce the certificate for Chile, Argentina or Bolivia either but obviously this is not neccessarily a reason not to have the vaccine - it really depends where you are travelling. You could try looking some stuff up on www.fco.gov.uk and on the WHO website for more advice and info.
Hope that helps.
The yellow fever vaccination in Peru is not required but it is recommendable.
Check this link for mor travel information to Peru.
I hope this help you.