It will no longer be business as usual for touts that hawk and sell the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP),popularly called Yellow Card; as the authorities of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has taken steps to tackle the issue.
Also, concerned agencies at the airports have put plans in place to ensure that no traveller leaves the country with fake yellow cards or avoid being vaccinated
A release from the Corporate Affairs office of FAAN and made available to aviation correspondents on Wednesday revealed that the management of FAAN is also prepared to ensure that any yellow card presented by travellers at the nation’s airports are genuine.
“At least all this touting of our Yellow Card will completely be eradicated. People will not get outside the country and they say they are carrying fake yellow card and those that are doing backhand business with it will also be eradicated.
“With the approval of the federal government to introduce a new Yellow Card with advanced security features, the era of fake issuance of the international health certificate can be said to be over” the release posited.over” the release posited.
The card which is machine-readable, is said to have the ability to store vaccination history of the holdersAccording to the Federal Ministry of Health, the card was designed to put an end to the era of fake yellow card issued by unauthorised persons.The card has increasingly become an essential travel document with several embassies making it a prerequisite for visa application for those intending to travel.