Zambia received an early Christmas present when it was declared a yellow fever-free zone by the World Health Organization (WHO) in the run up to the end of year festivities.
As we look ahead into 2015 and beyond, this is an important step in Zambia’s tourism growth. The WHO’s acknowledgment of the work that Zambia has done to combat yellow fever comes hot on the heels of the new Zambia/Zimbabwe uni-visa that was implemented on the 1st December — both events go some way to heeding the recently renewed calls from the Zambia Tourism Board for a substantial simplification of the visa process for international visitors.
The hope is that in light of the WHO’s acknowledgment, the Department of Home Affairs will help to ensure that having to carry a yellow fever certificate when leaving Zambia is no longer a requirement for international visitors.
All of this comes at a time when the government has identified tourism as one major sector with the potential to create much-needed jobs as well as to steady the economy.
The declaration of Zambia as a yellow fever-free zone is also significant in light of the current fear surrounding the spread of Ebola in other parts of Africa, and the subsequent negative downturn in tourism throughout much of the continent. The WHO’s acknowledgment reiterates Zambia’s commitment to dealing with possibly dangerous diseases that other African nations are still struggling with, and signals that the country is very much ‘open for business’ with regards to tourism.
Let’s hope that the international market takes note of the hard work that Zambia is doing to ensure it has a healthy tourism industry and an ever-increasing number of happy tourists. Let’s hope that 2015 is a landmark year in the ongoing growth of Zambia’s tourism.
I am a Indian citizen,do i need yellow fever vaccination before enter the Zambia
You don’t need a vaccination in order to re-enter your own country, but you will need a vaccination if you are travelling from or through a yellow-fever zone.
I am going to Zambia Tuesday do I need a vaccine from south Africa to enter Zambia
This sounds like good news, but seeing your response to the South African citizen, I am now concerned.
I am supposed to go to Zambia in a few weeks time from South Africa. I cannot get out of the trip but the problem is that I am pregnant in my first trimester. Can I get a waiver from a travel clinic and will this be sufficient due to the fact that Zambia is now a Yellow fever free country?
You shouldn’t need a yellow fever certificate either for entering Zambia or returning to South Africa. However, we do generally recommend that if you have one you take it with just in case. But again, it should not be required.
Great news! Does this mean that yellow fever certificates are not required upon arrival?
Yes it does, or it should do at least :)
The good news is that South Africa has now come into line and travellers entering South Africa, or even transiting Johannesburg Airport, NO LONGER NEED A YELLOW FEVER CERTIFICATE
Richard how true is this?
I am on my way to the travel clinic for a waiver from taking the vaccine as I am pregnant but cant get out of the trip.
Did you by any chance travel to Zambia recently and was not required to produce your yellow fever certificate?
I am a South African citizen travelling to Zambia. Do I need a yellow fever injection to enter?
I am a South African citizen. Do I need a yellow fever injection to enter Zambia?
You will need a yellow fever injection before you enter Zambia as you may be asked to show your vaccination certificate when leaving SA (particularly if flying from Jozi) and you will almost definitely be asked to show your vaccination certificate when reentering South Africa at the end of your trip. You are supposed to have the injection at least 2 weeks before leaving SA.
I am interested in seeing Victoria Falls. Maybe going in May of 2015.
Good news. I hope immigration department at mumbai airport take a note.
Make sure that South Africa complies.