Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Regional Forums > sub-Saharan Africa
sub-Saharan Africa Topics specific to sub-Saharan Africa. (Includes all countries South of 17 degrees latitude)
Photo by Bettina Hoebenreich, At the foot of the Bear Glaciers, eternal ice, British Columbia, Canada

Adventure is what you make it

Photo by Bettina Hoebenreich, at the foot of the Bear Glaciers, British Columbia, Canada.

Like Tree3Likes
  • 2 Post By vdoo
  • 1 Post By WesleyDRZ400

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 20 Jul 2015
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Posts: 39
Yellow Fever Vaccination

What's the situation with yellow fever vaccinations?

Here's my long story short.....I was vaccinated 11 years ago but have lost the cert. You used to have to get the vaccination every ten years but the WHO declared two years ago that the one time vaccination is good for life WHO | Yellow fever vaccination booster not needed

I could possibly have my Irish doctor re-do the cert and have it posted, but are African consuls/border officials likely to be up to speed with this WHO announcement or will they be looking for something from the last ten years?

Alternatively I have a fake cert obtained in Nouakchott. However, the booklet is red, not yellow, which looks suspect (I think) and I read an article from Nigeria which stated that the govt there (at least) is fighting the fake certs which are rife and that they're easy to spot because they always come with cholera certs too (which mine does). Any experience on this?

Alternatively, I have a real booklet without a stamp but a doctors stamp for Hep A. Are consuls (I presume not border officials) going to understand the codes if I fill in the appropriate sections with the same details as in another guy's cert?

And finally, am I correct to say that Ghanaian consulates at least (if not others) are likely to want to see this cert before issuing a visa?
Reply With Quote
Old 20 Jul 2015
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: London and all over West Africa
Posts: 680

As per my previous post, it is usually the Ivorians and Ghanaians who ask for the certificate (though just as often they do not ask for it, you just never know). I remember being asked for it once coming into Burkina Faso from Ivory Coast also.

I can't say for sure but I doubt the officials will be up to speed with the 10 year rule being changed.

It usually is just a cursory check, I doubt any officer will pay much attention to the certificate and its authenticity. Though I personally have never seen a red one. I think usually green or yellow from memory?

I haven't managed to get a Ghana visa at an embassy in the region for about 6 years, I always get it in advance in London now. Some people get it in Ouagadougou without too much hassle. Not sure if they will ask to see the certificate or not. I don't remember them asking for it in the past.
Reply With Quote
Old 20 Jul 2015
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Sweden
Posts: 29

The attached table shows my experience regarding the requirement for yellow fever certificate at borders and embassies in West Africa during the past 11 months. It may vary between different embassies and borders posts though.

I had my yellow fever jab done in 2014 in Sweden and the certificate is valid for 10 years.

Perhaps the easiest thing to do is to go to a local hospital and have it done. You'd get both the protection and the certificate.

Good luck.
Attached Images
/Anders Bråhn
Reply With Quote
Old 20 Jul 2015
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 289
Originally Posted by Dave The Hat View Post

As per my previous post, it is usually the Ivorians and Ghanaians who ask for the certificate (though just as often they do not ask for it, you just never know). I remember being asked for it once coming into Burkina Faso from Ivory Coast also.
I was working in Ivory coast and when i landed there was a doctor walking up and down the passport control line with a white jacket on pulling people out the line and if they did not have the yellow fever cert they had the option to pay for this injection on the spot to be taken into an adjacent room and get it there and then.

I never had a cert at the time as it was my first visit (never knew) so got pulled into a room but i just ended up paying for this cert with out getting the injection its self as i decided maybe its more a money making exercise rather than a health screen. That was in 2006
Reply With Quote
Old 21 Jul 2015
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: London and all over West Africa
Posts: 680
Another one to be aware of is meningitis.

If you enter the north of Ivory Coast, more often than not they ask to see your proof of vaccination. This is an area (along with western Burkina Faso) that has regular flare ups of the disease. At the main border going north of Korhogo they always have a Doctor on duty who usually asks for evidence that you have been vaccinated.
Reply With Quote
Old 21 Jul 2015
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Posts: 39
Thanks. Great info. I forgot to mention that I have a medical condition (M.E./C.F.S) and yellow fever is one of two vaccinations which carries a serious risk of serious health effects. I'll sooner be deported than take an injection. Especially as I have the bloody thing already!
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I left my yellow duck at top of tizi n test gazzr Morocco 13 6 May 2015 15:45
Entering Costa Rica from South - Yellow Fever Cert El Forko Central America and Mexico 5 28 Jan 2014 00:15
Free Yellow Fever Vaccine in Buenos Aires Big Empty Staying Healthy on the Road 2 15 Jan 2014 15:08
Yellow fever jab on Bolivia/? border. maja Staying Healthy on the Road 12 14 Nov 2012 18:02
Villazon, Bolivia Border crossing Mr Steam Turbine SOUTH AMERICA 8 30 Nov 2011 14:27



Thinking about traveling? Not sure about the whole thing? Watch the HU Achievable Dream Video Trailers and then get ALL the information you need to get inspired and learn how to travel anywhere in the world!

Have YOU ever wondered who has ridden around the world? We did too - and now here's the list of Circumnavigators!
Check it out now
, and add your information if we didn't find you.

Next HU Eventscalendar

HU Event and other updates on the HUBB Forum "Traveller's Advisories" thread.
ALL Dates subject to change.


Add yourself to the Updates List for each event!

Questions about an event? Ask here

HUBBUK: info

See all event details

World's most listened to Adventure Motorbike Show!
Check the RAW segments; Grant, your HU host is on every month!
Episodes below to listen to while you, err, pretend to do something or other...

2020 Edition of Chris Scott's Adventure Motorcycling Handbook.

2020 Edition of Chris Scott's Adventure Motorcycling Handbook.

"Ultimate global guide for red-blooded bikers planning overseas exploration. Covers choice & preparation of best bike, shipping overseas, baggage design, riding techniques, travel health, visas, documentation, safety and useful addresses." Recommended. (Grant)

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines into a single integrated program the best evacuation and rescue with the premier travel insurance coverages designed for adventurers.

Led by special operations veterans, Stanford Medicine affiliated physicians, paramedics and other travel experts, Ripcord is perfect for adventure seekers, climbers, skiers, sports enthusiasts, hunters, international travelers, humanitarian efforts, expeditions and more.

Ripcord travel protection is now available for ALL nationalities, and travel is covered on motorcycles of all sizes!


What others say about HU...

"This site is the BIBLE for international bike travelers." Greg, Australia

"Thank you! The web site, The travels, The insight, The inspiration, Everything, just thanks." Colin, UK

"My friend and I are planning a trip from Singapore to England... We found (the HU) site invaluable as an aid to planning and have based a lot of our purchases (bikes, riding gear, etc.) on what we have learned from this site." Phil, Australia

"I for one always had an adventurous spirit, but you and Susan lit the fire for my trip and I'll be forever grateful for what you two do to inspire others to just do it." Brent, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the (video) series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring!" Jennifer, Canada

"Your worldwide organisation and events are the Go To places to for all serious touring and aspiring touring bikers." Trevor, South Africa

"This is the answer to all my questions." Haydn, Australia

"Keep going the excellent work you are doing for Horizons Unlimited - I love it!" Thomas, Germany

Lots more comments here!

Five books by Graham Field!

Diaries of a compulsive traveller
by Graham Field
Book, eBook, Audiobook

"A compelling, honest, inspiring and entertaining writing style with a built-in feel-good factor" Get them NOW from the authors' website and Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk.

Back Road Map Books and Backroad GPS Maps for all of Canada - a must have!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80G/S.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events all over the world with the help of volunteers; we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, or ask questions on the HUBB. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 02:53.