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FG Introduces New e-yellow Card

By Laide Akinboade, Abuja

The federal government said it has concluded arrangements to introduce a new electronic yellow card for international travellers leaving the country. 

This will replace the old card with effect from April 1, this year.

The yellow card is the international certificate of vaccination or prophylaxis. According to the federal ministry of health, to obtain an e-yellow card, one has to register on the official website in addition to paying N2,000.

The ministry said: “The payment receipt will then be taken along with the applicant’s international passport to any port health services office to get vaccinated so as to complete the process.”

The ministry said it takes a maximum of one hour for the card to be ready after vaccination, and that international travellers are to be vaccinated at least 10 days before travelling.

“August 1, 2018 marked the official expiry date of the old yellow card and commencement of issuance of the electronic yellow card.

“The card, which is machine-readable, and has the ability to store vaccination history of the holder, was designed to put an end to the era of fake yellow cards issued by unauthorised personnel for years.

“The card has increasingly become an essential travel document, with several embassies making it a prerequisite for visa application,” the ministry added, in a statement.

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