Yellow fever vaccination (do you need it?)

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#1 Mon, 06/27/2011 - 11:38

Yellow fever vaccination (do you need it?)

My husband and I are flying to BA in September and plan to drive around South America for 10 months. I was told that for some countries (like Bolivia) it is a requirement to have proof of Yellow Fever vaccination in order to cross the border into that country. Is this true? Has anyone actually been required to show proof of vaccination before entering Bolivia or any other country? If so, we may look into getting the vaccine in Chile or Argentina as the vaccination is $320 for both of us in the US. We don't plan to visit any of the Amazon/rainforest areas.

Any help would be appreciated! ~Kirsten

Tue, 06/28/2011 - 13:15

we needed our vaccination cards

If I remember correctly Bolivia was the only country where we did have to show our vacccination card to prove Yellow Fever (but we didn't go to Brazil or Venezuela, so I can't speak for those).  Check with your local health department - I got our vaccinations through San Francisco's health department and it was at cost, so much cheaper than through my health insurance (which wasn't going to pay for it at all).  

Sun, 07/03/2011 - 17:47

We got our yellow fever

We got our yellow fever shots in Colombia for 20 bucks each. Maybe do a Google search to find out how much the vaccination costs in Argentina?

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 16:03


Brasil does not requires Yellow Fever vaccine to enter, however other countries may, upon seeing that you have entered Brasil. They have no way to verify what part of the country you were in so it does not matter.

I got a Yellow Fever Vaccine for free in Brasil as a TOURIST, so I wouldn't have this problem anywhere else. YES it is FREE for everyone.


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