Frequently asked questions

Yellow Fever

What is yellow fever?

Yellow fever is a viral disease transmitted through mosquito bites. The disease is endemic in areas of Central and South America and Sub-Saharan Africa . Symptoms of infection appear 3 to 6 days after exposure, these include: sudden onset of fever, headache, chills, nausea, vomiting, and muscle pain, especially backache. Symptoms of mild cases usually end on the fifth day, others may progress to yellow discoloration of skin and eyes, liver and kidney failure, and internal bleeding.

Vaccination against yellow fever is available and it is given as a single injection, administered at least 10 days before arriving at the risk areas and is valid for 10 years.

Who needs yellow fever vaccination?

All travellers aged > 9 months who are travelling to yellow-fever endemic areas of Central, South America and Sub-Saharan Africa should be vaccinated. In addition, travellers to a country which requires proof of yellow fever vaccination for entry will need to be vaccinated. The requirement may be for all entering travellers or restricted to travellers arriving from or via a yellow fever endemic country.

Where can I receive yellow fever vaccination?

Yellow fever vaccination can only be received at the two Travel Health Centres of the Department of Health:

Hong Kong :

Rm 26, 18/F Wu Chung House, 213 Queen's Road East, Wanchai

Tel: 2961 8840
Kowloon :

1/F Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices, 303 Cheung Sha Wan Road


2150 7235

What is the charge for yellow fever vaccination?

Fees are charged for consultation ($315) and for yellow fever vaccination and issue of vaccination certificate ($200).


Last revision date: 10 October 2012