Going to French Guiana : yellow fever vaccination
The vaccination against yellow fever is mandatory for all visitors of age above 9 months coming to French Guiana (Guyane). If the visitor cannot be vaccinated because of medical issues, a doctor’s certificate will be required (translated in French by a certified agent if needed).
Without the vaccination certification, entry on the territory will be denied.
- Vaccine only available at international vaccination centers.
- Vaccination schedule: 1 injection at least 10 days before departure.
- Children: from 9 months (between 6 and 9 months only in special circumstances).
- Administrative protection: lifelong.
Following a World Health Organization decision, the International Health Regulations have been amended and the term of validity of a yellow fever vaccination certificate, previously 10 years, has now been extended to the life of the person vaccinated; However, according to the Opinion of the French High Council for Public Health (HCSP), yellow fever booster vaccinations are still recommended for:
- Children who were vaccinated under the age of 2: a second dose from the age of 6 in the event of further travel to a yellow fever endemic region;
- Women whose primary vaccination was during pregnancy, people with HIV and immunodeficient patients vaccinated in the conditions outlined in the report by the French High Council for Public Health (HCSP): a second dose 10 years later;
- People who were vaccinated against yellow fever more than 10 years ago: a second dose if an outbreak has been reported in the country visited.