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How to Obtain a Yellow Fever Certificate in Kenya

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How to Obtain a Yellow Fever Certificate in Kenya by Kenyans247(m): Thu Jan 2020 10:57am
Yellow Fever is preventable by a safe, effective vaccine. Yellow fever vaccination is one of the mandatory requirements when travelling to some parts of the world. International regulations require proof of Yellow Fever vaccination for travel to and from countries which are classified as yellow fever endemic. One is issued with a yellow fever certificate after receiving the yellow fever vaccinations.
One needs to get the vaccination a minimum of 10 days before travel; otherwise you will be refused boarding. This is because the vaccination needs to mature.
You can get the vaccination from any Ministry of Health Port Public Health Offices at border entry points, sea ports and airports. A fee of Khs 2500 is charge for the vaccine
If you are in Nairobi you can go to City Hall to get the vaccine shot. One can contact them in advance to make an appointment or just walk in. A fee of Khs 2500 is charge for the vaccine.
One can get the vaccination at approved Private Hospitals as well as in hospitals and clinics run by the county governments; the cost of the vaccine may vary between the private hospitals and county clinics. Private hospitals charge almost twice the cost offered in public clinics and hospitals.
It takes a few minutes to get the injection and receive your certificate. Once you get the injection, you are given a small yellow booklet- the yellow fever certificate.
You need to keep it next to your passport and other travel documents because it is proof that you have adhered to all the travel requirements.

Required Documents
Proof of identification
Health records

Office Locations & Contacts

Port Health Contacts
Telephone Medical Emergency: 0705164724
Office: 0773053845/0776183068

Ministry of Health
Afya House, Cathedral Rd, Nairobi City, Kenya
P.O. Box 30016–00100,
Nairobi, Kenya.
Telephone: +254-20-2717077
Website: Kenya Health

Department of Health Services
Nairobi City County Government
City Hall Annex, 3rd Floor, Room 305
P.O. Box 30075 - 00100
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254-020-2224281
Telephone: Chief Officer-Health Services 020-2025980
Email address:,
Website: Health Nairobi
Operating Hours: 8.00 am-1.00 pm / 2.00 pm to 5.00pm

City hall map
City hall map,36.8158105,15.4z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x78befe5deee7e8b8!8m2!3d-1.2865786!4d36.820994?hl=en

Any person entering or leaving Kenya above nine months of age must be in possession of a valid Certificate of Vaccination against Yellow Fever
Individuals who are in airport transit for more than 12 hours.
The under mentioned persons are exempted from production yellow fever vaccination certificate:
Infants below the age of six months
Any person suffering from some chronic illness and has poor resistance and is thereby exempted from being vaccinated.
Crew and passengers of an aircraft transiting through an airport located in yellow fever infected area provided the Health Officer is satisfied that such persons remained within the airport premises during the period of stay.

A fee of Ksh 2500 at the City Hall and Ministry of Health Port Public Health Offices and county clinics
Private Hospitals charge varying fees. The costs are usually higher than the fees charged by the government institutions.

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is valid only, if it conforms to the model.

It is only valid beginning ten (10) days after the vaccination.
The vaccine has lifetime validity. However some countries may require to renew your vaccination before entry

Sample Documents
Sample of Yellow Fever vaccination Certificate :Certificate
Sample of yellow fever vaccination waiver :Waiver
Processing Time
Vaccination Certificates are issued immediately, however in some cases may have to wait for a certificate for 30 minutes. It takes a few minutes to get the injection and receive your certificate.

Related Videos

Kenya - Obtain a Yellow Fever Certificate - English

The vaccine is recommended for anyone above 9 months old.
It is advisable to visit a clinic in your country, about six weeks before your flight to get the vaccination. If you are short of time, schedule the vaccination day about ten days prior to your trip so that it can be effective.
Private hospitals charge almost twice the cost offered in public clinics and hospitals. It takes a few minutes to get the injection and receive your certificate.
In Kenya, you need a yellow fever certificate if you are arriving from a yellow fever zone.

Required Information
Name of the applicant
Vaccination received
Date of vaccination.

Need for the Document
If you are travelling from a yellow fever endemic country, the Kenya Government will require a yellow fever certificate from you before entry into the country.
If you leave Kenya for another country, chances are you will be required to produce a yellow vaccine certificate, as Kenya is a listed as a yellow fever endemic country.
If you are planning to travel to an area in Kenya where you may be at risk of yellow fever, make sure you are vaccinated before making your trip.

Information which might help
You will need the certificate, if you travel from Kenya to other countries in the Yellow Fever belt such as other sub-Saharan African countries.
Certain countries with tropical climates, for example Australia, India, and Thailand for example, will demand the certificate on entry if you have visited a country in the Yellow Fever belt, such as Kenya, within the previous six days.
A vaccination waiver can be issued by your medical practitioner if the yellow fever vaccine is contraindicated for medical reasons. Be aware that problems may arise when crossing borders and the waiver may not be honored.

other uses of the Document/Certificate
The document may be required by as proof that one has received the vaccination and is not carrying the disease.
This may also be proof that one is not prone to the disease.

External Links
Yellow Fever & Malaria Information, by Country :ReferLink
Travellers health :Health
Explore Travel Health with the CDC Yellow Book :Home

Travellers coming into Kenya from the following yellow fever endemic countries are expected to possess valid yellow fever vaccination certificates upon arrival.

Burkina Faso
Central African Republic
Cote d’Voire
Democratic Republic of Congo
Equatorial Guinea
French Guyana
Guinea Bissau
Sierra Leone
South Sudan
Trinidad and Tobago

This list may be updated according to the prevailing disease patterns. (These include airport transit for 12 hours or more) For more information, visit

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