Yellow Fever Vaccination

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens in Colombia to carry evidence of yellow fever vaccination.  Although there has not been a single case of yellow fever diagnosed in Colombia this year, neighboring Brazil continues to experience a large outbreak.  The Colombian Ministry of Health and Social Protection has initiated a campaign to ensure all residents have been vaccinated against yellow fever.  Airlines and the media have reported confusion over which travelers need yellow fever vaccination.

The embassy recommends that all travelers between the ages of 1 – 60 years receive the yellow fever vaccine at least 10 days before traveling to areas in Colombia (see map) determined to be at high risk of yellow fever transmission.  Bogota, Cartagena, and Medellin are not high risk areas.  National parks located in high risks areas may deny entry to travelers who do not have proof of yellow fever vaccination.  Airlines may request vaccination cards for passengers traveling to high risk areas, and may screen passengers for symptoms of yellow fever.  One dose of the vaccine provides life-long immunity, so boosters are not usually recommended or required.  U.S. citizens should travel with their yellow International Certificate of Vaccination.

The following individuals should not receive the yellow fever vaccine: children under the age of nine months, pregnant women, adults over the age of 60, people with a life-threatening condition, an immune deficiency, a thymus disorder or allergic to eggs.

For further information:

  • See the Centers for Disease Control page on yellow fever.
  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Colombia Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Colombia, located at Carrera 45, # 24B-27, Bogotá, D.C., by email at acsbogota@state.gov or by telephone at +571-1 275-2000, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 m. Monday through Friday.  Non-emergency services are offered by appointment.  After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +571-1 275-4021.
  • The Embassy operates a Consular Agency in Barranquilla, Colombia which also provides assistance to U.S. citizens. The Barranquilla Consular Agency is located at Calle 77B No. 57-141, suite 511, tel. (575) 353-2001.  Hours are 8:00 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.  You can schedule a non-emergency service by calling the Consular Agency.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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