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Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate for Tanzania

Most vaccination requirements for countries in Africa can be really confusing. Tanzania is no exception. Tanzania is a safe country to travel to especially when it comes to some of the most dangerous diseases. Here we discuss what you need to know about the yellow fever vaccination requirements.

What is yellow fever?

Yellow fever is a disease caused by a virus that is spread by a mosquito. When you are bitten by a mosquito carrying this infected mosquito, you will have the signs of this disease in about three to five days. Some of the symptoms will be severe headaches, fever and chills. This yellow fever is a life threatening disease with over 15% of the infected people risking death.

Do you need a yellow fever vaccination for Tanzania?

Most people that visit Tanzania don’t need a yellow fever vaccination. In reference to the World Health Organization, Tanzania has a very low risk of this disease. If you come from a country with a low risk country as well, you will not need to have this yellow fever vaccination as a mandatory permit to travel to Tanzania.


This vaccination of Yellow fever is administered as a single dose. It’s always advised to have it 10 days before entering a high risk country. The single dose is believed to offer life against the virus for about 10 years and you should make sure you receive proof of vaccination from your doctor. You will be required to present proof of vaccination at a point of entry into Tanzania.

If your doctor advises you against taking the vaccination citing health issues or nay other factors, you should have an official letter from the doctor addressed to the immigration department of Tanzania. You should present this upon arrival to waive the vaccination requirement for your trip to Tanzania.

Tanzania yellow fever requirements

For those from high risk countries, you will be required to have a yellow fever vaccination card on arrival. This list currently does not include any country in Europe and the United States.

It is important to note that if you are going through a country with a high risk yellow fever infections… Even when you are coming from a low risk country…. You will be required to have a certificate of vaccination especially if you have a period of more than 12 hours in that country. Therefore as you choose your flights and travel itinerary, always be mindful of this. Always seek an opinion of a health worker to advise you on other vaccination requirements that you may need even when they are not mandatory.

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