Prevent getting Yellow Fever on Safari in Uganda
The Yellow Fever Certificate Requirements for Travelers to Uganda is mandatory with limited exceptions.
Yellow Fever Certificate Requirement for Travelers to Uganda: Presently, all incoming tourists and visitors need to prove that they have been-m inoculated.
There are some rare exceptions listed below. The Present Reality for Travelers to Uganda, including those going on a Safari with us, is that they will have to have the WHO Yellow Fever Certificate that shows that they have been immunized or a valid medical letter exemption that Ugandan Health Authorities have preapproved.
A few years back, Angola had an outbreak of Yellow Fever. Like other African countries, Uganda began to implement the Inoculation and certificate requirement, without which you cannot enter Uganda.
If you arrive without the certificate, you are immunized at the point of entry, such as Entebbe International Airport. You pay for the immunization. The irony is that the vaccine will not be active until ten days later, meaning you are in Uganda without protection. You should be immunized in your country of residence before you come to Uganda.
Vaccination is good for life for the recipient without a booster. The certificate is required to travel to the parts of the world that are part of the worldwide Yellow Fever Zone, which spans the Globe and includes Uganda.
Mosquitoes transmit the disease. Outbreaks in Uganda have been rare, and the last outbreak was quickly contained in Uganda. Whole villages and the surrounding areas were sealed off, and it never spread beyond the communities where it occurred.
There are Periodic Yellow Fever Outbreaks in Uganda:
Yellow Fever Outbreaks do happen in Uganda. Periodically there have been Yellow Fever outbreaks in Uganda, and it usually is in a remote part of Uganda, far from tourist attractions.
The response is that the Ugandan Ministry of Health Medical spring into action. At such times, the Ministry of Health will take necessary measures, including a vaccination campaign and routine immunization schedules.
The yellow fever vaccine is the most effective way to protect against the disease. “The vaccine offers protection of a100 percent. There’s no cure. Prevention is what you need. The vaccine is the only way to get protection.”
Symptoms include fever, headache, jaundice, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue.
According to WHO, few people who get infected with the disease develop severe symptoms. Approximately half of those to acquire the symptoms die within 7-10 days of being infected.
Transmission – How Yellow Fever is Transmitted:
Yellow fever virus has three transmission cycles: jungle (sylvatic), intermediate (savannah), and urban areas.
- The jungle (sylvatic) cycle transmits the virus between non-human primates (e.g., monkeys) and mosquito species found in the forest canopy. The virus is transmitted by mosquitoes from monkeys to humans when humans visit or work in the jungle.
- An intermediate (savannah) cycle involves transmitting the virus from mosquitoes to humans living or working in jungle border areas in Africa. In this cycle, the virus can be transmitted from monkeys to humans or from humans to humans via mosquitoes.
- The urban cycle involves the transmission of the virus between humans and urban mosquitoes, primarily Aedes aegypti. The virus is usually brought to the urban setting by a viremic human infected in the jungle or savannah.
- The disease cannot be spread from one person to another.
No Tourist has ever come down with a case of Yellow Fever. The vaccination is highly effective in preventing the disease.
The Uganda Ministry of Health is one of the best in Africa when dealing with Yellow Fever, Ebola, Marburg Virus, and more. The virus should be contained in a matter of weeks in Uganda. We will notify you on this page regarding changes.
Yellow Fever Certificate for Travelers to Uganda:
Vaccination Requirement for Travelers to Uganda
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 suitable for a lifetime.
In 2020, 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 Vaccination 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 and others who 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, and it includes an official medical record attesting to why they 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 that pass-through Rwanda to Uganda:
Angola was the new African country where Yellow Fever was active and transmitted. Rwanda has slightly different requirements than Uganda regarding Yellow Fever Inoculation.
- You do not need a Yellow Fever Vaccination if you come from a Yellow Fever non-endemic country and do not continue to Uganda. 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 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 other neighboring countries, the Rwandan Ministry of Health is implementing measures to prevent the import of Yellow Fever cases and protect the health of residents and visitors.
Countries in the Yellow Fever Zone
The Yellow Fever Zone: 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 the jaundice condition that affects some patients.
Symptoms are fever, muscle pain with prominent backache, headache, shivers, loss of appetite, and nausea or vomiting.
How does the Yellow Fever Vaccine help to prevent contracting the disease?
The yellow fever vaccine causes your immune system to produce antibodies against the virus, and it’s administered as a painless injection.
Few react. Check with your doctor or travel clinic. They will tell you all that you need to know.
The vaccine has been used for many decades. It is safe and affordable, providing active immunity against yellow fever within ten days for more than 90% of people vaccinated within 30 days for 99% of people protected.
The vaccine has been available for more than 80 years, and a single dose provides lifelong protection for most people.
The vaccine is a live, weakened form of the virus given as a single shot.
CDC Announcement for Travelers from the USA: Yellow fever vaccine availability in the United States is limited. If you need to be vaccinated before your trip, you may need to travel some distance and schedule your appointment well in advance. Find the clinic nearest you.
Fight the Bite – Prevent Insect Bites:
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 – a long-sleeved shirt for added protection – avoid blue shirt for added protection from Tsetse Flies – who are annoying but do not carry sleeping sickness in Uganda.
- Avoid wearing bright colors.
- Sugar intake helps in attracting mosquitoes.
- Use insect repellent to spray yourself and your clothing. Use one that works, such as the Australian Product RID.
- Use Doom Insect Killer in your room or Tented Cottage. It costs 4-USD for a large spray can, and Upmarket lodges on Safari will spray your space in the evening.
- Sleep under the mosquito net provided.
- Turn the Fan on if available – mosquitoes avoid moving air.
- Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla Park in the Southwest Uganda area are mostly mosquito-free due to the elevation and cold nights.
We recommend RID but 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.