What is the Yellow Card for traveling?
The Yellow (fever) card is a certificate that serves as proof of vaccination against the disease for a traveler. Yellow fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease present in Africa and South America. The infection can range from mild to severe and vaccination is the best protection against this virus.
The vaccines are administered in order to prevent an outbreak and to protect travelers that may be exposed to infection in areas where the disease is prevalent. The vaccine is only available as an injection.
Why the new Yellow card?
After series of reports concerning the distribution of fake yellow cards, the Federal Government of Nigeria since August 2018, has introduced a better version of the Yellow card. This new card is an E-card ( electronic card) that is available at the Port health services under the Ministry of health.
The E-yellow card is said to be impossible to clone (Fake), machine-readable and can store the vaccination history of the holder.
All travelers have now been mandated by the Federal Government to get the new yellow card as the old card has become obsolete by 01 April 2019.
Countries with risk of Yellow Fever transmission
AFRICA – Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Uganda.
AMERICA – Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela
How much is the yellow card in Nigeria or Where to get the yellow card?
Below are the steps to follow:
- Visit https://www.yellowcardnigeria.com
- Click on ‘Register’
- Fill in your personal information
- Click on the ‘PAY NOW’ button to generate your Remita Retrieval Receipt (RRR) code. Pay the sum of ₦2,000 online or go to the bank.
- Take the payment receipt along with your International Passport to any Port Health Services office located inside the international airport across various states.
- Get vaccinated and obtain the new e-Yellow Card.
Alternatively, you can go to the Port health services office to make payment and get everything done. It is advisable to go prior to the dates of travel in order to avoid queues.
It also advisable to go as early as possible because the queues can get very long and sometimes, they can’t attend to every person so some people get turned back.
My Yellow card is still valid, Do I need a new one?
Yellow fever cards are valid for 10 years from the day of vaccination. As for the question of ‘Do I need to take the vaccine again if my card is still valid’? You won’t have to. You should provide the old yellow card with proof of vaccination then pay for the new card.