24-Feb-2017

Country requirements for an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP): key changes for 2017

A quick reference to which countries have made changes to their entry or exit requirements for an ICVP (yellow fever certificate)

As of 16 February 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) published the list of yellow fever vaccination requirements and recommendations for 2017. This information is published each year following consultation between the WHO and State Parties, who are asked to confirm or update their requirements for international travellers [1, 2].

Key changes to look out for in the 2017 lists include:

  • New requirement for an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP), by countries where no previous requirement existed (i.e. Colombia, Cuba, Haiti, Panama and St. Helena)
  • Removal of previous requirement (e.g. Ecuador)
  • Changes relating to transit through a risk country
  • Changes to lower age at which an ICVP is required
  • Inclusion or exclusion of detail relating to travellers arriving from, or departing to, areas considered to be at risk of yellow fever transmission

Countries with key changes to requirements or recommendations: 2017
(n.b. intended as a quick guide only. Country requirements or recommendations are subject to change)

  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Cameroon
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Montserrat
  • Namibia
  • Oman
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Saint Helena
  • St. Kitts
  • Suriname
  • Trinidad &Tobago
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam

NaTHNaC is currently updating the country information changes to reflect these requirements.

WHO: Detailed current information regarding requirements and recommendations

TravelHealthPro Country Information pages are currently being updated. A further news item will be posted when this update has been completed.