Bolivia: Yellow fever certificates now required

What is the change? After Bolivian health officials reported a case of yellow fever, the government is now requiring that travelers entering the country present a yellow fever vaccination card.

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What does the change mean? As of Thursday, all travelers entering Bolivia must present a yellow fever vaccination card upon entry. Those who do not have a card will have 15 days to show proof of vaccination.

  • Implementation time frame: March 2.
  • Visas/permits affected: All visas.
  • Who is affected: All travelers entering Bolivia, as well as travelers (including Bolivian nationals) leaving the country.
  • Business impact: All travelers planning to enter Bolivia should obtain a yellow fever vaccination and expect to present the card upon entry. Travelers who are unable to obtain one before travel will have 15 days upon entry to present the card.

Background: Bolivian health authorities reported a case of yellow fever by a patient from Denmark. To prevent spread of the disease, the government is now requiring yellow fever vaccination certificates by travelers. Individuals who do not have the card upon entry must obtain a vaccination within 15 days or provide migration authorities with their health details, which will be forwarded to the Ministry of Health.

BAL Analysis: The yellow fever policy by the Bolivian government follows the recent announcement of a similar policy by Nicaragua. Companies with employees traveling to Bolivia should plan for the additional requirement and time required to obtain a yellow fever vaccination before travel.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Bolivia. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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