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Yellow fever immunization in Bogota

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Yellow fever immunization in Bogota

It is possible to get a FREE vaccination / immunization shot against Yellow Fever in Bogota but it is tricky.There is no longer any facility at the new El Dorado international airport to do so. We asked at the info desk and after some discussion were sent to the second floor but there is no Red Cross (Cruz Roja) office there. It seems even the info staff there do not know the airport yet. But it is possible to get the shot at the main bus Transportation Terminal, where there is a Red Cross clinic. However, their hours are limited - Monday through Friday they are open from 9 to 5 with an hour lunch break, but they close at 2 PM on Saturday and are closed on Sunday. If you make it there during their hours, the shot is FREE.

There are also some hospitals to get the shot for a fee of under $50, which is still much less than in the USA.

Note that a Yellow Fever shot is not required to enter Colombia, and most of Colombia outside of the Amazon region is free of Yellow Fever. You also do not need it to enter the USA after visiting Colombia. But if you have the time, and need one for another visit to a yellow fever area, it is worth trying to get it for free in Bogota.

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Thanks for the very helpful info. I believe the shot is technically required for Tayrona (if rarely enforced).

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not stay in that part red cross at the new airport but in the old that is in the back of the new still is the infirmary or the Red Cross or you can transfer the transport terminal where it is safe you can help, is that this vaccine is very important for the Amazon and especially when traveling to Pacific, but so far I have heard it a exgencia to the Caribbean especially for Tairona, I do not need it.

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would that be the "Cruz Roja Colombiana, near Marcela, Bogotá" the red cross clinic you are mentioning in your post?

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Well, even though I think the law is not really enforced, the website of the National parks of Colombia mention the Yellow Fever vaccine as compulsory:

"Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia exige la presentación del carnet de la vacuna contra la fiebre amarilla para el ingreso en 36 áreas del Sistema" (including Tayrona in the list of the 36 parks)


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I would strongly recommend against doing the vaccine at the Bogota airport. According to the CDC website, you should get the vaccine at least 10 days prior to traveling to an area where the vaccine is needed, in order for it to be effective: www.cdc.gov/VACCINES/vpd-vac/yf/default.htm

Sometimes "free" is not worth it. On the other hand, if you're going to be parked at Bogota for 10 days, then maybe it's an option.

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