If you are traveling to Aruba, you must be vaccinated against yellow fever
Since March 1st, 2018, Aruba’s Ministry of Health is requiring all passengers visiting the island from Colombia to be vaccinated against yellow fever. It is important that you read carefully the following recommendations, so your trip is as seamless as possible.
When should I get the shot?
- If it’s your first time getting the shot, you must get it at least 10 days before your trip to Aruba. The International Certificate of Vaccination (Yellow Card) will only be accepted if you are traveling 10 days after getting the shot.
- If you have been vaccinated before –within a period of 10 years before the trip– and keep your Yellow Card with you, you don’t need to get the shot again. Keep in mind that you will need to present your Yellow Card upon arrival and that the date of vaccination must be clear and legible.
- If you don’t have your Yellow Card with you or have lost it, you must get a booster dose at least 10 days before your trip. Don’t worry, there are no side effects.
Where should I get the shot?
- If you are in Bogota, you may get the shot at the Fontibón Hospital stand located at the 2nd-floor exit of El Dorado International Airport’s new terminal. The shot is 100% free.
- If you are not in Bogota, you may request the information at the city’s Secretariat of Health or at local health care facilities.
- Keep in mind that if you get the shot on the day of your trip, the Vaccination Certificate will not be accepted. You must get the vaccine 10 days prior to your flight.
Who will request my Yellow Card?
- Wingo staff will request your Certificate of Vaccination, either at the check-in counter or at the boarding gate. Failure to present this document will result in denied boarding.
- The Department of Immigration, Security and Alarm of Aruba (IASA) will also request your Certificate of Vaccination upon arrival.
What happens if I fail to present my Certificate of Vaccination or Yellow Card?
- Your health and well-being is important for us. That’s why we are required to prevent passengers who fail to comply with the requirements set out by Aruba’s health and immigration authorities from boarding the plane.
Can I get the shot if I’m pregnant?
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding and your trip cannot be avoided or postponed, we recommend you get the vaccine. However, you should ask your treating physician first. If you are not allowed to get the vaccine, you must present a valid medical waiver signed and sealed by your physician.
- Infants under the age of 9 months.
- Adults ≥ 60 years of age.
- History of acute hypersensitivity reaction to any component of the vaccine (including gelatin, eggs, egg products, or chicken protein.)
- Individuals with thymus disorder.
- Individuals with immunosuppression from the following: Symptomatic HIV infection or AIDS, malignant neoplasms, primary immunodeficiency diseases, radiation therapy.
Persons with any of the above contraindications must, without exception, present a valid and up-to-date medical waiver before travel.