IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Nicaragua is now requiring that certain travelers show proof that they have been vaccinated against yellow fever.
What does the change mean? All travelers who are from or who have visited one of the following countries must have a yellow fever certificate to travel to Nicaragua: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Panama, Venezuela, Paraguay, Peru, and all African countries except the Democratic Republic of Congo, São Tomé and Principe, Somalia and Tanzania. The regulation applies to Nicaraguan and foreign nationals who have visited any of these countries, including those who have transited through one of the countries for more than 12 hours.
Background: The regulation applies to Nicaraguan citizens and foreign nationals who have visited any of the designated countries deemed to be high-risk. According to the World Health Organization, travelers may also be at risk even if they have transited through one of the countries for 12 hours or more. Yellow fever certificates that are more than 10 years old will also be accepted, as the WHO adopted a resolution in July 2016 changing the validity period of the yellow fever vaccine from 10 years to a lifetime validity.
BAL Analysis: Affected travelers who have not previously been vaccinated for yellow fever should take steps to do so before traveling to Nicaragua.
This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Nicaragua. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.
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