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Vaccinations

 

In Côte d’Ivoire, there is only one required vaccination for entering the country -- Yellow Fever.  This is completely mandatory and is enforced upon arrival at the airport in Abidjan.  You will be required to show your International Certificate of Vaccination Booklet which should be provided to you when you receive your Yellow Fever vaccination. 

 

 

If you do not have your Yellow Fever vaccination prior to arrival at Abidjan Airport or if you forget your International Vaccination Booklet, you will have to go to the clinic in the immigration arrival area to receive the vaccination before you can clear immigration.  The wait time varies depending on how many others also need to receive the vaccination.  The cost is approximately 12,000 CFA and can be paid in the equivalent of USD, Euros, and most other West African currencies.  You will then receive your International Vaccination Booklet from the clinic and be permitted to clear immigration.

 

The good news is that Yellow Fever vaccinations provide a lifetime protection.  In 2014, The World Health Assembly adopted an amendment to the International Health Regulations, which stipulates that the period of protection afforded by yellow fever vaccination, and the term of validity of the certificate will change from 10 years to the duration of the life of the person vaccinated. On 11 July 2016, the amendment entered into force and is legally binding upon all countries. Therefore revaccination or a booster dose of yellow fever vaccine is no longer required.

 

 

Other recommended vaccinations are:

  • Typhoid fever this requires a booster dose every three years.
  • Anti meningococcal A + C to prevent meningitis. It is administered from the age of two and requires a booster dose every three years.
  • Hepatitis A which is administered from the age of one year and requires two doses which provide protection for up to ten years.
  • Hepatitis B is administered from the age of two months and requires three doses to provide protection for a life time.
  • Cats and dogs being imported into the country require a rabies inoculation certificate and good health certificate from the country of origin before being granted entry.