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Knowing which is the proper identification to carry is also important.

I was on a train which crossed from South Africa to Swaziland - a country completely surrounded by south Africa. South Africa has a law which states that, if you have visited a country within the past year (or two?) which has not wiped out Yellow Fever, you need to show your "yellow" card indicating that you have been inoculated against the disease. (That's not a problem as we keep our inoculation cards with our passports when we travel - and I use the card to record all of the various ones we keep up to date).

Anyhow, before we boarded, the train had taken a run to Tanzania, a country where Yellow Fever outbreaks happen on occasion. While the train's crew had had their shots to make the visit, most had left their yellow fever cards at home in South Africa. So they were now captives because South African Immigration wouldn't let them continue out the other side of Swaziland back into South Africa. After hours of negotiation, while our train continued with a skeleton crew of people who did have their cards, the others were allowed back to South Africa through the gate we entered by, had to get their cards from home and then return to Swaziland to complete the journey back into South Africa by showing their cards.

By the way, the inoculation/vaccination whatever list we keep current (besides all the stuff we got as kids) is:

Yellow Fever
Typhoid
Tetanus
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Polio booster (recently taken out of an overabundance of caution)
Probably take anti-malaria prophylaxis a couple of months a year

And the normal: Flu, Pneumonia, Shingrex, etc.

While most of this stuff is not covered by insurance, an ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure

Jeff
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