Yellow Fever

This page contains links to yellow fever fact sheets and travel advice as well as information to Yellow Fever Vaccinations Centres and providers.

Page last updated: 18 July 2019

Yellow Fever - Information for Travellers and Australian Entry Requirements

Yellow fever is a viral disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes which can lead to serious illness and even death. Details about yellow fever including symptoms and risk of transmission can be found in the Yellow Fever – General Factsheet for travellers.

With few exceptions, vaccination is recommended for all travellers to countries or areas where there is a risk of yellow fever transmission. Yellow fever vaccination not only protects against yellow fever, but is a requirement for entry into some countries.

Travellers to yellow fever risk countries within Africa, South America and Central America should be aware of the risk and the entry requirements of each country they intend to visit. Vaccination is recommended at least 10 days before departure to risk countries.

Upon return to Australia from a yellow fever risk country, travellers may be required to present a valid International Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate to Australian Border Force Officers.

Yellow Fever Vaccine - Information for Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres and Providers

The yellow fever vaccine can only be administered by accredited providers at approved Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres.

State and territory health authorities are the accrediting bodies responsible for approving medical practices as Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres. To assist practices seeking to become Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres, the Department of Health has developed the National Guidelines for Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres and Providers. Note that state and territory health authorities may have additional requirements for practices within their jurisdictions.

To maintain status as a Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre, an approved medical practice must ensure that all practitioners, responsible for provision of the vaccine, meet the individual accreditation requirements introduced on 26 November 2018. Vaccination providers can become accredited by successfully completing the Yellow Fever Vaccination Course and providing the certificate of completion to the Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre at which they intend to practise.

Practitioners currently providing the vaccine have up to three years to complete the course. New providers are required to complete the course prior to practising at an approved Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre.

For more information on the Yellow Fever Vaccination Course and the National Guidelines for Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres and Providers, refer to the factsheet below.

Where to Purchase International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis Booklets

Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres can order booklets of certificates with the World Health Organization (WHO) logo from WHO Press.

The certificate can be used for recording vaccinations or prophylaxis, in accordance with the WHO’s International Health Regulations 2005, including vaccination or revaccination against yellow fever. Additional pages in the booklet have space for recording other vaccinations. Prices listed on the WHO website apply to orders submitted directly to WHO. Please note that certificates of vaccination are not sold individually.

Please send your order by fax or email. Direct fax for orders: (+41 22 791 48 57), or email book orders.

Postal Address:
WHO/WHO Press
CH-1211 Geneva 27
Switzerland