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Unvaccinated Traveler Quarantined Without Yellow Fever Vaccination Proof

July 21, 2022 • 10:59 am CDT
(Vax Before Travel)

Immigration officials at Kempegowda International Airport in India recently quarantined a traveler from Brazil for being unvaccinated against yellow fever disease.

The Time of India reported on July 21, 2022, upon arrival in Bangalore, this 26-year-old man was lodged at the Indira Gandhi Institute for four days.

He claimed to be unaware of the yellow fever vaccination mandate in India.

India's health ministry requires yellow Fever vaccination for most people aged nine months and traveling to or living in areas at risk for the yellow fever virus.

The U.S. CDC says most international travelers arriving by air or sea in India without a yellow fever (YF) vaccination certificate are detained for up to six days, if that person:

  • arrives at an airport within six days of departure from an area with a risk of YF virus transmission,
  • arrives on an aircraft that has been in an area with risk of YF virus transmission and has not been disinsected 
  • arrives on a ship from an area with a risk of YF virus transmission up to 30 days before it arrives in India unless such a ship has been disinsected.

In addition to Brazil, the World Health Organization (WHO) list of yellow fever endemic nations includes 33 in Africa and 13 in central and South American regions.

A WHO - PAHO strategy seeks to offer yellow fever vaccines to nearly one billion people by 2026.

Safe and effective yellow fever vaccines have been available for over 80 years.

Internationally, Sanofi's Stamaril vaccine is offered, and in the USA, the YF-Vax vaccine is available at certified travel vaccination pharmacies and clinics.

Additional yellow fever outbreak news is posted at Vax-Before-Travel.