SA yellow fever requirement knocks Zambia

2012-11-15 13:40
Zambia has reportedly experienced a drop in tourist arrivals as a result of South Africa's yellow fever requirement for tourists passing through, Zambia Tourist Board (ZTB) Managing Director, Felix Chaila, told Zambian Watchdog.

"The yellow fever certificate is a major setback because elderly tourists from the developed world are discouraged from having yellow fever jabs due to side effects, and they are a big component of the overall figures. Since the imposition of the yellow fever requirement, we have reported a drop of up to 20% in arrivals at Livingstone," he said in a statement issued during the WTM Travel Expo.

Zambia is not among the World Health Organisation's list of countries that present a danger of yellow fever contamination, and Chaila reportedly noted that the Zambian and South African governments have reached an advanced stage in negotiations to lift the requirement. 

According to a report on Tourism Update, Julia Louw from Kobo-Safaris said the requirement had had a definite effect, with clients changing their itinerary to include Zimbabwe instead of Zambia.

"Alternatively, many choose to remove the region as a whole from their itinerary," she said. 

Louw said Kobo-Safaris had had a few elderly clients who had travelled with just a letter from their GP advising they could not have the injection. "We do not deal with a large number of elderly clients."

Chaila said the ZTB had identified the yellow fever issue, delays in immigration formalities and the ban on Zambian aircraft flying in the European Union as the three most critical hindrances to the successful marketing of Zambian tourism.

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