I've received multiple messages (from Wilderness Safaris and Norman Carr Safaris amongst others) about an upcoming change to the yellow fever vaccination requirements for Zambia.
“The World Health Organisation (WHO) has revised the Yellow Fever vaccination recommendations for Africa. The South African Department of Health has issued the following information regarding the requirements for travellers from and to South Africa:
1. Zambia: Returning travellers from South Africa to Zambia and those travelling from Zambia to South Africa will now require proof of Yellow Fever vaccination. Previously, proof of Yellow Fever vaccination was not required.
2. Tanzania: Returning travellers from South Africa to Tanzania and those travelling from Tanzania to South Africa will require proof of Yellow Fever vaccination. This is unchanged from the present regulations.
3. All in-transit passengers between the two destinations, irrespective of the time period in transit, will also require proof of Yellow Fever vaccination.”
Source: South African Society of Travel Medicine (SASTM)
There is some uncertainty surrounding the implementation of these recommendations - some notices have given a date of July 1 but others have indicated that it may be sooner.
We have been informed that vaccinations is available in Livingstone at US$80.00 and Victoria Falls at US$50.00 per person, and in South Africa at ZAR 430.00 per person, subject to change. However, the yellow fever vaccine takes 10 days to become effective, so to avoid any ambiguity and potential disruption to travel plans we have advised our clients whose itineraries include travel from Zambia to South Africa to get immunised at least 10 days prior to their arrival in Africa and to bring their vaccination certificate for inspection by immigration officials. The international health regulations concerning Yellow Fever are very strict and unvaccinated travellers may be denied entry.