Trinidad and Tabago clarification for Yellow fever vaccination
Replies: 2 - Last Post: May 14, 2013 10:51 AM Last Post By: Ilves
Mar 14, 2013 9:55 AM
Trinidad and Tabago clarification for Yellow fever vaccinationHeaded for Tabago in the near future.
I have a question about the Yellow Fever vaccination certificate.
Here is what the CDC says:
Requirements: Required if traveling from a country with risk of YFV transmission and ≥1 year of age.a
Recommended for all travelers ≥9 months of age traveling to the island of Trinidad, except as mentioned below.
Generally not recommended for travelers whose itinerary is limited to the urban areas of Port of Spain, cruise ship passengers who do not disembark from the ship, and airplane passengers in transit.
Not recommended for travelers whose itineraries are limited to the island of Tobago.
I have a layover in Panama City before arriving in Trinidad airport. Because the flight is coming from Panama, does anyone know if I'm required to have a vaccination certificate even though my place of origin of the flight was the United States?
Edited by: ScottP
Mar 20, 2013 12:01 AM
1I can't speak with authority on the letter of the law, but I would be very surprised if anyone actually checked. I've gone back and forth between the U.S. and T&T with layovers in Panama both ways, and none of the various immigration officials or airline representatives ever asked about vaccines. You could ask your airline ahead of time if they require it for boarding (Copa did not, and I'm guessing that's what you're flying), but as for immigration, you would only have a problem if you are unlucky, or if someone takes a dislike to you.
But... I do have the vaccine, and you might consider getting it, too, if you're going to be traveling much (unusually expensive vaccine, though). Tobago and Panama City are both outside the risk area, but lots of great places aren't (e.g., parts of Trinidad).
I hope this helps.
May 14, 2013 10:51 AM
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