International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis

Many countries require a yellow fever vaccination certificate on arrival. People who receive the vaccination are given the WHO International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis, also known as the Yellow Card.
  • The certificate must be presented at immigration. Visitors may be denied entry if they do not have the card or if their vaccination is not up to date.
  • Health guide for travellers (in Finnish) includes up-to-date information on which countries require the certificate.
  • The vaccination is often required of people who are coming from or entering a country where yellow fever is endemic. In some cases, the certificate is required even if the person arriving has only had a short stopover in a country where yellow fever is endemic. Some countries require all visitors to present the certificate.
  • Immigration officers may also require certification of other vaccinations, such as polio and meningococcal vaccines. Up-to-date information on vaccinations required by destination countries is available in the Health guide for travellers (in Finnish), which includes a list of the required vaccinations by country.
  • The WHO vaccination card can also be used to keep track of other vaccinations conveniently in a single document.
Page published 30.4.2018
Page edited 27.12.2018