Yellow Fever Certificate Requirements for Travelers to Uganda-Rwanda

Posted by on June 21, 2019

Yellow Fever Immunization Requirement for Travelers to Uganda and Rwanda -what it means to you

When a Yellow Fever Certificate for Travelers to Uganda


Yellow Fever Certificate Requirement for Travelers to Uganda:  Presently, all incoming visitors need to prove  with a World Health Organization immunization certificate that they have been inoculated. There are some rare exceptions which are listed below.  The Present Reality for Travelers to Uganda, including those going on a Safari with us is that they will have to WHO Yellow Fever Certificate that shows that they have been immunized, or a valid letter of the medical exemption.

Angola had an outbreak of Yellow Fever – other African Countries began to implement the Yellow Fever Inoculation and certificate requirement without which you cannot enter Uganda unless you are immunized at the point of entry such as Entebbe International Airport and you pay for it, the irony of that is that the immunization will be not active until 10 days later, meaning that you are in Uganda without protection. It is best that you are immunized in your country of residence before you come to Uganda.

The Inoculation is now good for a lifetime and is necessary to travel to the parts of the world that are part of the world-wide Yellow Fever Zone which spans the Globe and includes Uganda.

Mosquitoes transmit yellow fever, outbreaks in Uganda have been rare.  The last eruption, some years back, was quickly contained, villages sealed off and it never spread beyond the communities.

The Good News is this – There are no reported cases of Yellow Fever in Uganda, and there have been none for some years.  Uganda is Yellow Fever Free, and to keep it that way, the Yellow Fever Immunization Certificate is required for entry.


Yellow Fever Certificate for Travelers to Uganda:

Yellow Fever Immunization Requirement for Travelers to Uganda in 2019. 

All Visitors to Uganda are now required to have a valid Yellow Fever Immunization Card from the world health organization – which means you must be immunized and that you should do so 10 to 30 days before your Ugandan Arrival.  It will also help you enter other East African countries.  A yellow fever immunization is good for a lifetime.

Currently in 2019, arriving passengers without vaccination cards are vaccinated at their own cost (about USD 40) and issued the international vaccination card. Uganda does not isolate un-vaccinated passengers on arrival as some countries do.  The below extra measure steps will help such visitors to Uganda.

Reasons for Yellow Fever Immunization ExemptIons:

Pregnant women, babies below one year or below and persons with HIV/AIDS having a CD4 count below 200 are cleared by authorities to travel without yellow fever vaccination cards.

Some Visitors above the age of 60 years and others that are allergic to egg proteins have also been known to develop some minor skin rashes. Such people can apply for an exemption letter to that effect.  This includes an official medical record attesting to why you cannot be vaccinated against Yellow Fever.  Such exemptions should be cleared with Uganda Immigration through the online Visa Application process.


Yellow Fever Immunization Requirement for Travelers to Rwanda in 2019:

Angola was the recent African country where Yellow Fever was active and being transmitted. Rwanda has a Slightly different set of requirements than Uganda regarding Yellow Fever Inoculation.

  • You do not need a Yellow Fever Vaccination if you are coming from a Yellow Fever non-endemic country and not continuing to Uganda, for example.  If continuing to Uganda, you will need to show proof of your Yellow Fever Vaccination at the Ugandan border.
  • If you are traveling to Rwanda and coming through a yellow fever endemic country, you will need to show proof of the yellow fever vaccination, this includes Uganda and Kenya but reaches as far as South American Countries.

While Rwanda is Yellow Fever free, following the outbreak of Yellow Fever in Angola and the documenting of imported cases some countries, the Rwandan Ministry of Health is implementing measures to prevent the import of Yellow Fever cases and therefore protect the health of residents and visitors.


Yellow Fever endemic countries: 

Angola, Argentina, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad’ DR Congo, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Venezuela

About Yellow Fever
World Health Organisation (WHO) describes Yellow fever as an acute viral hemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes. The “yellow” in the name refers to jaundice that affects some patients.

Signs and symptoms; fever, muscle pain with prominent backache, headache, shivers, loss of appetite, and nausea or vomiting.


Extra Steps you can take to prevent Mosquitoes from biting you and note not all mosquitoes are carriers of Yellow Fever, Malaria, or Dengue Fever in Uganda or Rwanda.  No Client of ours has become ill from an infectious disease.

  • Wear long trousers – long-sleeved shirt for added protection – avoid blue shirt for added protection from Tsetse Flies – who are pesky but do not carry sleeping sickness in Uganda.
  • Avoid wearing bright colors.
  • Sugar intake helps in attracting mosquitoes.
  • Use an insect repellent to spray yourself and clothing. Use one that works, such as the Australian Product RID.
  • Use Doom Insect Killer in your room or Tented Cottage. 4-USD for a large spray can. Upmarket lodges on Safari spray your room.
  • Sleep under the mosquito net provided.
  • Turn the Fan on if available – mosquitoes avoid moving air.
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla Park in Southwest Uganda area mostly mosquito-free due to the elevation and cool nights.

We recommend RID, but no have no connection to the makers of RID – We recommend it because it works for our Clients.


Be Immunized and obtain your Yellow Fever Certificate before Arriving in Uganda.