Bolivia - Yellow Fever?

lostnation

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Hi, I'm planning on going up to Bolivia and Peru in October for a few months. Apparently a yellow fever shot is mandatory to enter Bolivia but several people I've talked to who have gone recently said they weren't asked for it (I don't have the vaccination and don't really want to get it). Anyway, have you gone in the last four months or so, and if you have, were you asked for yellow fever documentation? I'll probably go regardless but thought I'd take an informal poll. Thanks!
 

bradlyhale

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If you are able to get it, why not? Depending on where you're going in Peru, you might want to consider it. You can get it for free at the Sanidad de Fronteras.

According to the U.S. State Department:

A tourist applying for their visa at Bolivian consulates in the U.S. can pay the US$135 fee in cash, by deposit to the Bolivian consulate’s bank account or by money order and must submit the following: a Bolivian visa application form with a 4x4 centimeters color photograph, a passport with an expiration date of not less than six months, evidence of a hotel reservation or a letter of invitation in Spanish, proof of economic solvency (credit card, cash or a current bank statement), and an International Vaccination Certificate for yellow fever.

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1069.html#entry_requirements

(That fee only applies if you're an American citizen.)

Also: http://www.embajadadebolivia.com.ar/turismo/acceso.htm ... Site says vaccine is required.
 

John.St

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lostnation said:
Hi, I'm planning on going up to Bolivia and Peru in October for a few months. Apparently a yellow fever shot is mandatory to enter Bolivia but several people I've talked to who have gone recently said they weren't asked for it (I don't have the vaccination and don't really want to get it).
If you want to return to Argentina one sunny day, the probability of their demanding proof of YF vaccination is high, as always depending on whoever is in inmigraciónes that day. I had a vacc. and it did kill me - but I got better :D

Then, OTOH, YF is a nice disease - friends will come visiting you in hospital, bringing books, chokolate and flowers.

There is no cure and the mortality rate is as low as between 5 and 40 per cent, depending on pre-conditions.

Let me add that the no cure and mortality rate I have from specialists in tropical diseases in "Statens Seruminstitut" (National disease and vaccination center) on the web in Danmark.
 

lostnation

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I've never had any immunizations and would rather not start, but hey, maybe I'll just go ahead and get it seeing as it's free...thanks for the link.
 

katti

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I am not very fond of vaccins either, but if there is an actual risk in Bolivia I would get one. Yellow fever is serious. This vaccin works for 10 years so maybe it is worth it? It probably depends on how long you are staying, where you are staying etc.
 

bradlyhale

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http://www.msal.gov.ar/htm/Site/servicios_front.asp

That is the link to the website for the Sanidad de Fronteras. That's where I got mine last year. It was really quick. I was in and out in about 15 minutes.

I had a little bit of a fever and that's it. May I ask where you're from? In the United States, they pump us full of vaccines! :-| Anyway, I'd love to visit Bolivia and Peru! Happy travels!
 
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