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Yellow Fever Vaccine being required at BE / Schengen entry?

Has anyone heard of travelers coming from countries where Yellow Fever is active being required to have a Yellow Fever vaccine or be quarantined when entering Belgium or the Schengen area in general? A doctor told us some of his South American patients had faced this at the border.

Asking because a traveler in my group cannot receive the vaccine for medical reasons. We will be coming from Liberia and were planning to spend a couple days in Brussels on the way home to the US.

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No that does not sound correct. Yellow Fever is only communicable between infected humans that happen to share hypodermic needles and humans get it from mosquitos. You need a vaccination for COVID to enter both Belgium and the USA. And to return to the USA a negative COVID test currently the day before your flight from Belgium.

It sounds the other way around: A person from Belgium going to a South American country where Yellow Fever is rampant currently without being vaccinated against it may have gotten stopped at the border.

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“ A doctor told us some of his South American patients had faced this at the border.”

??? A doctor told you that some of his South American patients were stopped at the Belgian border because they came from a country where Yellow fever is active and weren’t vaccinated? Are you sure you understood the story correctly?

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@Dutch_Traveler, yep. Hence me asking here because that sounds wild (in other words, that sounds incorrect).

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I have seen this requirement over the years, but not sure which countries: "Proof of yellow fever vaccination if coming from a country where yellow fever is reported." Maybe they want to keep yellow fever from spreading to native mosquito populations?

Edit: This document lists countries with a "coming from yellow fever place" vaccination requirement, look under Australia, YES, under Belgium NO.

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Regardless of the need for this to visit Belgium after leaving Liberia, I understood that yellow fever vaccination was recommended for travel to Liberia, since it is a country that WHO considers as one with a risk of YF transmission. Will you all be ignoring that recommendation? There is a medical waiver that can be provided for travellers who have a contraindication to the vaccine.

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While those in our party who can get vaccinated are, we've weighed the risks (including precautionary measures) and are likely to go with one of us unvaccinated.

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"...likely to go with one of us unvaccinated"

Just make sure they have the waiver.

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This has been a very, very common entry requirement for many years - its why I carry a yellow vaccination card which has pages for yellow fever shots specifically. I don't know about Europe but you can't enter NZ or Australia from certain south American and African countries without proof of vaccination. I've never heard of any exceptions

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My understanding is that while some countries where Yellow Fever can spread have this requirement, it's not universal. Certainly not noted in Belgian entry requirements.