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YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION REQUIREMENT FOR TRAVELERS ACROSS FRONTIERS OF GHANA

The Embassy of Ghana in The Hague wishes to bring to the attention of prospective travelers across the frontiers of Ghana the following policy of the Ghana Ministry of Health regarding yellow fever:

Travelers above nine (9) months old coming (into or leaving Ghana) from countries with risk of Yellow fever transmission are required to have been vaccinated against Yellow fever at least ten (10) days before and where already vaccinated the duration of vaccination status of not more than ten years before entering Ghana. This also applies to all travelers leaving Ghana.

The World Health Organization lists the following countries as being at risk for yellow fever transmission:

Africa:- Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad,

Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The

Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania, Togo and Uganda.

South America:- Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Panama,

Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela.

Since Ghana is one of the countries at risk of Yellow fever transmission, it is recommended for travelers coming from countries with no risk of Yellow Fever transmission  to have valid Yellow fever Vaccination Certificate or records indicating their protection against Yellow Fever.

(A person with valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is defined as one who has been vaccinated against Yellow fever at least ten (10) days before and where already vaccinated the duration of vaccination status of not more than ten years before entering or leaving Ghana).

Details on Yellow Fever Vaccination in Ghana for International Travel

  1. i.        Vaccinations are carried out at one designated centre in each of the ten administrative regions by authorized competent health professionals. Details of designated vaccination centres are available at all Regional Health Directorates in each of the ten regional capitals.
  2. ii.        Vaccinations are also carried out at designated Points of Entry (PoE) by authorized competent health professionals for travelers with no valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate.
  3. iii.        The vaccination certificates are signed by designated and authorized health officers at each of the designated centres (one in each administrative region and Points of Entry (PoE).
  4. iv.        One vaccination certificates obtained from the designated vaccination centres (one in each administrative region and Points of Entry (PoE).
  5. v.        Only vaccination certificates obtained from the designated vaccination centres will be accepted as valid vaccination documents at Points of Entry. These have serial numbers and other security features.

 

Points of Entry (PoE)

 

Port Health staff will carry out the following at all Points of Entry (PoE):

  1. Inspection of Travel Certificates

Travelers to and from Ghana will have their travel certificates inspected with respect to Yellow Fever vaccination in accordance with Article 36 (Certification of Vaccination or other prophylaxis), Annex 6 (Vaccination, prophylaxis and related certificates) and Annex 7 (Requirement concerning vaccination or prophylaxis for specific diseases) of the International Health Regulations IHR 2005. Travelers from Yellow Fever risk countries must have valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificates.

Vaccinations at PoE

This will become necessary under the following conditions:

  1. Travelers nine (9) months and above from any of the Yellow Fever risk countries to Ghana without valid Yellow Fever Vaccination certificate;
  2. Travelers nine (9) months and above leaving Ghana (both Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians) without valid Yellow fever vaccination certificate;
  3. Travelers nine (9) months and above from any of the Yellow Fever risk countries to Ghana without International Travel Certificate. Since the only source or evidence of valid Yellow fever vaccination is the Yellow Fever International Travel Certificate, a person without this certificate will be deemed not have been protected against or at risk of Yellow Fever if he/she comes from or going to Yellow Fever risk country.
  4. If either (a) or (b) is met, Yellow Fever vaccination and travel certificate will be given by designated competent and authorized health officers at the Point of Entry at cost to be borne by the traveler. Appropriate receipts are issued following the vaccination and issuance of the certificate.
 
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