Bolivia has been added to our RTW travel plans. After calling the Bolivian embassy in Montevideo, we were told that we have to have the yellow fever vaccination to enter the country. Several phone calls later, we had an appointment made to get the yellow fever vaccination at the port of Montevideo at the department of health.
So on the day of our appointment, we headed to the old town of Montevideo, Ciudad Vieja, where the port is located. We were late to our appointment and it took us a while to find the entrance of the port. When we got to the port, we had to tell the security guard why we were going in to the port. Since I’m guessing they don’t allow just anyone to go into the port, I took the opportunity to take some pictures, like the one above.
Here’s a video I shot before I got my shot and showing the port and the department of health:
The department of health definitely wasn’t anything special. Just a room with a few desks (that were so messy filled with piles of papers!) and a seat in the corner where we got our shots. They had a nice view though of the water.
And the people there don’t speak English. First, a woman wrote down our names, passport numbers, things like that then another woman brought me to the chair and started asking me stuff in Spanish and before I knew it, she’d already given me the shot.
She didn’t give me a bandage… and my arm felt numb for a few minutes after. And this could just be a coincidence, but I had a minor headache for the rest of the day.
For more details about getting the yellow fever vaccination at the port of Montevideo, here’s a post: Where To Get Yellow Fever Vaccination In Montevideo Uruguay
September 2013 UPDATE: You can read about our experiences in Bolivia here. When we got to the border, they did not ask for our vaccination certificate.