The Brazilian Tourist Board, Embratur, has reiterated the advice of the World Health Organisation that tourists, whether Brazilian or foreign, should undergo a vaccination against the yellow fever at least ten days before travelling to Brazil.
This is especially so if visiting the state of São Paulo.
However, Embratur adds there are no restrictions on travels to Brazil, as this simple precaution measure helps to ensure the safety of both tourists and locals.
“The health department of the state of São Paulo is continuing to monitor the disease carefully,” added an Embratur statement.
Since 2016, seven million people in Brazil have been immunised against yellow fever, and the Brazilian government plans to vaccinate the entire population by the end of 2018.
A targeted yellow fever vaccination campaign is currently underway, focusing on the most critical areas.
These include municipalities in the states São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Bahia.
Before departure, foreigners should look for registered vaccination centres in their countries in order to obtain the immunisation.
The yellow fever vaccine provides lifelong protection for most people.
“Travellers can feel safe about choosing Brazil, whose diversity attracts millions of foreigners every year.
“We encourage tourists to obtaining a vaccine before travelling to ensure they will have a great time, taking back to their countries only great memories,” said Embratur president, Vinícius Lummertz.
For detailed information about Yellow Fever access the World Health Organisation website here.