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Entering Jamaica from Yellow Fever affected countries? Vaccination proof needed

Published:Friday | May 27, 2016 | 8:55 AM

Persons without certificates of vaccination who have visited or transited countries affected by yellow fever within six days of arriving in Jamaica will be refused entry by the Ministry of Health at the island’s ports.

The ministry believes the acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes is too close to home for the ministry to rest on its laurels.

As a result, the decision was taken at a stakeholders meeting in Kingston yesterday morning to prevent entry of those exposed to the disease and to quarantine Jamaicans who have visited affected areas and who are not vaccinated.

Reports out of the meeting are that the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency will hold the passports of any visitor refused entry until the person departs.

The ministry says persons who can’t take vaccines are allowed to get a doctor’s exemption letter, but that does not guarantee entry into Jamaica.


Symptoms of yellow fever include fever, headache, jaundice, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue.

A small proportion of patients who contract the virus develop severe symptoms, and approximately half of those die within seven to 10 days.

The virus is endemic in tropical areas of Africa and Central and South America.

The disease is already in Brazil, Peru, and Trinidad and Tobago.