Fake yellow fever vaccination certificates sold in Tanzania

A yellow fever vaccine shortage has resulted in a growing market for fake yellow fever vaccination certificates (cards) in Dar es Salaam.

Travellers going to countries that are currently experiencing outbreaks (Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda) or coming from a country where there is a risk of yellow fever are required to provide proof of vaccination. As a result, there is a growing demand for fake certificates.

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Advice For Travellers

Travellers should be aware that travelling with a fake vaccination certificate leaves them open to exposure to yellow fever. In addition, if infected, the traveller may inadvertently spread the disease to other areas and countries. For public health and personal protection reasons, fake certificates should not be purchased.

Travellers to areas where there is a risk of exposure to yellow fever can reduce that risk by obtaining a yellow fever vaccination 10 days before travelling. In addition, travellers should take all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.