Colombia: Yellow Fever Certificates Now Required for Some Travelers

Effective immediately, nationals of Angola, Brazil, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda must present an International Certificate of Yellow Fever Vaccination to enter Colombia. Nationals of other countries entering certain risk regions are advised to also obtain a vaccination, however this remains optional. Travelers are advised to be vaccinated at least 10 days prior to entering Colombia.

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Effective immediately, nationals of Angola, Brazil, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda must present an International Certificate of Yellow Fever Vaccination to enter the country, due to a recent international outbreak of yellow fever. Nationals of other countries entering certain risk regions are advised to also obtain a vaccination, however this remains optional.

The following regions are listed as risk zones:

• Amazonas
• Antioquia
• Arauca
• Casanare
• Caquetá
• Cesar
• Chocó
• Guainía
• Guaviare
• La Guajira
• Magdalena
• Meta
• Norte de Santander
• Putumayo
• Vaupés
• Vichada

The recent document issued by the Ministry of Public Health, which implemented this requirement, recommends that all visitors to Colombia be vaccinated at least 10 days prior to travel, although it is not clear whether those who do not meet this recommendation will face issues entering Colombia.

What This Means for Foreign Nationals

Nationals of Angola, Brazil, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda who do not present a vaccination certificate will likely not be allowed to board their plane to Colombia.

This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please contact the immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen or send an email to lar@fragomen.com.

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