Ministry of Health issues Yellow fever advisory

Residents of Barbados who are planning travel to Jamaica via Trinidad and Tobago or Guyana are advised that they will require a valid yellow fever certificate to gain entry into that country.

A statement from the Ministry of Health today said that for the vaccine to be most effective, it must be administered at least 10 days before travel. Persons requiring the vaccine are advised to contact the Winston Scott Polyclinic at 227-7725 or the Ministry of Health’s Help Line at 467-9500 for further information.

The Ministry assures the public that yellow fever certification is not a requirement for entry into Barbados for persons travelling from the English-speaking Caribbean as there are no reports of yellow fever outbreak in the region.

The current yellow fever outbreak of international concern is occurring in Central Africa, the Ministry said.

3 Responses to Ministry of Health issues Yellow fever advisory

  1. Diane Elaine Dias
    Diane Elaine Dias July 4, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    What I would love to know is why Jamaican nationals traveling to Jamaica via Trinidad are exempt from this vaccine. Do they have some special immunity?……just asking.

  2. kathy-Ann Clarke July 5, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Ok, great. I thought I heard someone saying all the Caribbean Islands, but thanks for clearing that up.

  3. Josh July 5, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    The link below is the WHO advisory I got from a travel agent which suggests that travellers from Barbados need to be in transit for 12 hours in an affected airport before certification is required. It would be helpful to get clarification on this matter as misinformation could significantly impact inter-Caribbean travel and increase tensions unnecessarily.


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