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    Has anyone else had this information or is it old news?

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    It has a relatively recent date on it. Hope someone answers you soon.
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    So, based on this letter, you would need a yellow fever vaccination certificate upon return if you visit Livingstone from Kasane, even for a single day. We will use Kazungula ferry to go from Kasane to Livingstone for a day and night to visit the falls. Next day we intend to cross into Zimbabwe at Vic Falls, also for a day and night. Then from Zimbabwe back into Botswana again. At that point our passports will show the Zambia visa and according to this letter we should also have yellow fever vaccinations.

    Anyone know if the staff at the borderpost know about this and adhere to it?
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    That is the case with all countries, unfortunately Botswana borders several countries where YF is endemic!

    It has always been the case but recently there has been quite a few outbreaks, especially in Angola.

    I'm pretty sure border officials will be quick to enforce!


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    Letter from the Botswana Ministry of Health and with a covering letter from the Chobe District Health Management Team, dated 18 May 2016 is as official as you can get.


    This means that anyone entering Botswana from Zambia (or having travelled from further north) will need a valid Yellow Fever inoculation. Valid means inoculation less than 10 years ago and at least 10 days before entering Botswana.


    Whether they are currently implementing this at present would be irrelevant to me. They may suddenly begin implementation on the day you need to enter. I would not take a chance.
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    Agree to the point that when entering Botswana from any border and coming from a YF infected country, you will have to produce a vaccine certificate.

    It could be expected that even a day visit to Livingstone would fall under "visiting infected area" category.
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    Back to the doctor for more shots, it is than.
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    Hmm, so if I understand correctly, we can still go to visit Vic falls on Zimbabwean side (we have somewhat similar plans as Hans for the second half of august), but should not go to Zambia (my YF vaccination is more than 10 years old and kids have not been yet vaccinated) unless we get YF vaccinations..

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    On cdc page http://www.cdc.gov/yellowfever/maps/africa.html Zambia is still listed as no risk country.

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    Just get the YF vac, it's for 10 years and you know you are sorted
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    You might as well get the full suite of shots! cholera, hepatitis A and B, tetanus, typhoid, Diphteria, polio, Pertusis (whopping cough), meningitis and of course yellow fever. Many of these have follow-up shots and most have different periods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falstaf View Post
    On cdc page http://www.cdc.gov/yellowfever/maps/africa.html Zambia is still listed as no risk country.

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    Not true

    The western part of Zambia is still classified as low risk area. "Low risk" and "No risk" are different things and you go try convince an African border official who do not speak English that you where not in the North Western area, etc, etc...

    Although not strictly required from Zambia, I would not take the chance and esp with a known outbreak. They will enforce.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Regard View Post
    Not true

    The western part of Zambia is still classified as low risk area. "Low risk" and "No risk" are different things and you go try convince an African border official who do not speak English that you where not in the North Western area, etc, etc...

    As far as I am aware you still need Yellow fever vac to return to either Bots and RSA from Zambia


    A border official in Botswana not speaking English is a rare animal indeed. However I agree that they might not speak the same language as visitors expecting them to ignore regulations.
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    I Have just had a correspondence, from a reliable source, stating that my original post's attachments are a fake and the authorities are looking into the source.
    However as has been stated above in various threads it is prudent to have the various jabs just incase there is an outbreak and borders are closed once you have already embarked on your travels.

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    This is what I have received about this issue. Some confusion here


    NO YELLOW FEVER CERTIFICATE REQUIRED
    It has come to our attention that a letter has been circulated by a Southern African DMC regarding the requirement of the Botswana government for any persons travelling from Zambia to Botswana to produce a Yellow Fever Certificate.
    At Bushtracks Africa we are aware of the fact that Zambia is NOT on the WHO affected lists. Due to this we launched our own investigation to confirm the authenticity of this letter. After personally contacting Dr Makuka, who's name appears at the bottom of the letter, he has confirmed in writing to us today that he was not aware of this documentation and that he had been impersonated by a private individual in the Tourism Field in Kasane and will now be addressing the issue with the necessary authorities.
    He has also confirmed that passengers travelling from Zambia to Botswana do NOT require a Yellow Fever Certificate and that Zambia is NOT on the affected WHO lists of countries that require Yellow Fever Vaccinations.
    Only passengers travelling from Angola or the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) are required to produce proof of vaccination against the disease.
    Therefore: PASSENGERS TRAVELLING TO/FROM ZAMBIA DO NOT REQUIRE YELLOW FEVER CERTIFICATES



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    " ..... he has confirmed in writing to us today that he was not aware of this documentation and that he had been impersonated by a private individual in the Tourism Field in Kasane....."

    I just wonder where the gain would be in such an instance
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalahari Safari View Post
    " ..... he has confirmed in writing to us today that he was not aware of this documentation and that he had been impersonated by a private individual in the Tourism Field in Kasane....."

    I just wonder where the gain would be in such an instance
    That was my first thought too. Why would anybody impersonate a doctor to have this letter confuse tourist industry, border staff, tourists etc. What is in it for such a person. Or is it just a general sick mind?
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    I think the implication is that some kind of memo was supposed to be sent out but it was sent out too soon and with the wrong list of countries



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    So, de facto they say absolutely nothing new that has not been communicated before.

    Then what was that mission all about apart from confusing an established routine?

    If something then the Dr could at least admit his mistake and not try to shift the blame elsewhere.
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