Yellow Fever

  • Requirements: Required if traveling from a country with risk of YFV transmission and ≥9 months of age, including transit>12 hours in an airport located in a country with risk of YFV transmission. 1 This requirement does not apply to travelers whose itineraries are limited to Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) and Macao SAR.
  • Recommendations: None.


  • Areas with malaria: Present in the counties along the China-Burma (Myanmar) border in Yunnan Province. Limited transmission in Motuo County in Tibet. No malaria in areas where most major river cruises pass.
  • Estimated relative risk of malaria for US travelers: Very low.
  • Drug resistance 4: Chloroquine and mefloquine.
  • Malaria species: Primarily P. vivax; P. falciparum in Yunnan Province.
  • Recommended chemoprophylaxis:
  • Along China-Burma (Myanmar) border in the western part of Yunnan Province: Atovaquone-proguanil or doxycycline.
  • Motuo County in Tibet: Mosquito avoidance only.
Map 3-22. China reference map
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