Yellow Fever Update for Visitors to Tanzania
by Chris Walker Bush
July 26, 2016
There have been a few announcements regarding Yellow Fever in the past week, so we've compiled the two most important into this news update for Shadows of Africa customers.
Update Concerning Yellow Fever Vaccination Validity
Following a landmark decision from the World Health Organisation in May, the validity of Yellow Fever vaccinations has been extended from ten years to the lifetime of the patient.
It has been decided that Yellow Fever vaccinations are effective for the duration of a person's lifetime, meaning that from July 11th, 2016 - Yellow Fever vaccination cards will be valid on a permanent basis.
This change applies to both existing and new immunizations.
Update for Visitors Traveling from China
Those planning a trip to Tanzania should already be familiar with the country's requirement that visitors from other countries in Africa have an up to date Yellow Fever vaccination, but recent outbreaks in China have necessitated an update to Tanzanian policy.
If you're travelling to Tanzania from China or are a resident of China travelling to Tanzania, it is now a requirement that you have an up to date Yellow Fever vaccination and associated vaccination card.
While the CDC does not recognize China as an endemic Yellow Fever country (see here for their complete list), the Tanzanian government reserves the right to refuse entry and deport travelers from China without a valid Yellow Fever vaccination.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our future travelers.