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Immigration and Travel without Vaccination

Main Topics
IMMIGRATION_without_vaccination  |   TRAVEL_(for US citizens)  |   REFUGEE_information


Subject: Immigration & Vaccination
Introduction
Immigration – Becoming a U.S.A. citizen
We have had many requests for assistance in immigrating to the U.S. legally while remaining vaccine-free. There are new policies in place and the process is fairly complicated unless you read carefully what we have posted on our website. If you know someone in this situation, please have them review the material we have outlined here at www.vaclib.org/legal/immigration.htm#immigration and then contact us directly for further assistance.


Yes, one can immigrate to the USA without vaccination. The process is as follows:

1. Apply for the change of status (green card)

2. Go to the appointment that Immigration sets up and be found inadmissible.

3. File I-601 Waiver of Grounds of Excludability. And pay a $930 (23Dec2016) fee with the Waiver.

Note: we recommend filing on religious grounds rather than moral.
Links to the Form I-601, sample letters and other information are below.


Flow chart is from https://www.uscis.gov/system/files_force/files/form/i-601chart.pdf?download=1 [26Dec2016]

Form I-601:
Official information/links to I-601, instructions and other files related to I-601:
http://www.uscis.gov/i-601

Form I-601 is now a filable PDF that one may write in or check the appropriate box. As an example on Page 3 for "Part 4. Reasons for Inadmissibility"


Vaccination Requirements
Summary from Form I-601
2. You are Seeking a Waiver Under INA Section 212(g)(2)(C) of the Vaccination Requirement
You must file this application if you seek an exemption from the vaccination requirement because vaccinations are against your religious beliefs or moral convictions. You must establish with evidence that:

A. You are opposed to vaccinations in any form;

B. Your objection is based on religious beliefs or moral convictions; and

C. Your belief or conviction is sincere.


Chapter 3 – Waiver of Immigrant Vaccination Requirement
Note: Please read the entire section on
E. Waiver ​due to ​Religious Belief or Moral Conviction​ [11]
that can be found here:
https://www.uscis.gov/policymanual/HTML/PolicyManual-Volume9-PartC-Chapter3.html

Vaccination Requirements
Includes Questions and Answers Section
https://www.uscis.gov/news/questions-and-answers/vaccination-requirements

Chapter 9 – Vaccination Requirement (Statute and CDC)
https://www.uscis.gov/news/questions-and-answers/vaccination-requirements

LAWS: Waiver of Excludability for Immigrants.With explanatory notes:
INA: ACT 212 - GENERAL CLASSES OF ALIENS INELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE VISAS AND INELIGIBLE FOR ADMISSION; WAIVERS OF INADMISSIBILLITY
Click this link
https://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-29/0-0-0-2006.html

or enter this in the search engine:    INA §212(a)(1)(A)(ii)
found at http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis

F O R M S
Immigration Forms and fees:

Immigrants who wish to be exempt from vaccination requirements must fill out this form and pay the Filing Fee.
Form: I-601, Application for Waiver of Ground of Excludability
Information Page: http://www.uscis.gov/i-601
Form I-601: http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-601.pdf
Please review the instructions for i-601 before downloading the i-601 form. There may be important changes to the instructions for completing and filing the form.
You will need Adobe Reader to fill, view or print these forms in Portable Document Format (PDF).

Currently the Filing Fee is $930 (23Dec2016). See above link to page of instructions.

To download Form: I-601, Application for Waiver of Ground of Excludability
http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-601.pdf

Information on Filing a Fee Waiver
https://www.uscis.gov/feewaiver

I-912, Request for Fee Waiver ... a list of applications and petitions USCIS will consider for a fee waiver ...
Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, but only if you are exempt from the public charge grounds of inadmissibility in section 212(a)(4) of the INA;

section 212(a)(4) of the INA
(4) Public charge.-
(A) In general.-Any alien who, in the opinion of the consular officer at the time of application for a visa, or in the opinion of the Attorney General at the time of application for admission or adjustment of status, is likely at any time to become a public charge is inadmissible.

Which Form: 601, 602, or 690 should I use?
Use Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility
If you are in a country other than USA and applying for Immigration.
It is also for most immigrants in the USA who are applying for an adjustment of status. See Exceptions below
Q. There is no mention of Vaccination on this document, so how can it be used for the exemption from vaccination?
A. The top of I-601 has a spot where a government officer can check the section under which the waiver is being applied for:
[Vaccination exemption = sect: 212(a)(1)]
Form I-601 can be found at:
http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-601.pdf

Use Form I-602, Application by Refugee for Waiver of Grounds of Excludability
if you are a refugee.

Exceptions:
Use Form I-690, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility
1. What Is the Purpose of This Form? 
This form is used to apply for a waiver of inadmissibility by an applicant for adjustment of status under section 245A or 210 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
What does 210 and 245A refer to?
   210 special agricultural workers 
  245A adjustment of status of certain entrants before January 1, 1982, to that of person admitted for lawful residence
Find form I-690 at:
http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/I-690.pdf
Letters you may modify and include in your INS application

Adoptions:
Temporary Waiver -Adoption:
https://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-29/0-0-0-2006.html

INA: ACT 212 - GENERAL CLASSES OF ALIENS INELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE VISAS AND INELIGIBLE FOR ADMISSION; WAIVERS OF INADMISSIBILLITY

Sec. 212. (a) (1) (C) EXCEPTION FROM IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENT FOR ADOPTED CHILDREN 10 YEARS OF AGE OR YOUNGER.--Clause (ii) of subparagraph (A) shall not apply to a child who--

(i) is 10 years of age or younger,

(ii) is described in section subparagraph (F) or (G) of section 101(b)(1)(F), and 1c

(iii) is seeking an immigrant visa as an immediate relative under section 201(b), if, prior to the admission of the child, an adoptive parent or prospective adoptive parent of the child, who has sponsored the child for admission as an immediate relative, has executed an affidavit stating that the parent is aware of the provisions of subparagraph (A)(ii) and will ensure that, within 30 days of the child's admission, or at the earliest time that is medically appropriate, the child will receive the vaccinations identified in such subparagraph.

Form: Thirty (30) day tempory waiver for vaccination for International adopted children:
DS-1981 Affidavit Concerning Exemption from Immigration Requirements for a Foreign Adopted Child [ 88 Kb]

When the adoptive or prospective adoptive parent cannot sign the affidavit in good faith because of religious or moral objections to vaccinations, the child will require a waiver under section 212(g)(2)(C) of the Act.

The requirements for this waiver are described in the policy manual, HTML online version, Section E, Waiver due to Religious Belief or Moral Conviction [9 USCIS-PM C.3(E)].


Adjudicator's Field Manual

Link to law, short page:
http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=105_cong_public_laws&docid=f:publ73.105.pdf

Long page of good advice from a parent adopting a child from another country and keeping the child vaccine free and free of TB skin tests:
Foreign Adoption, I-130/I-601 and dealing with regulations.


Information and Links regarding International Adoption
http://www.us-immigration.com/international-adoption-immigration/



Immigrant: Vaccination Requirements and Exemptions
Summary and some Laws

Selected Section of INA Act 212
Click here for https://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-29/0-0-0-2006.html
INA: ACT 212 - Classes of Aliens Ineligible to Receive Visas;
Waiver of Ineligibility

Sec. 212. [8 U.S.C. 1182]

(a) Classes of Aliens Ineligible for Visas or Admission.-Except as otherwise provided in this Act, aliens who are inadmissible under the following paragraphs are ineligible to receive visas and ineligible to be admitted to the United States:

(1) Health-related grounds.-

(A) In general.-Any alien-

(i) who is determined (in accordance with regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services) to have a communicable disease of public health significance; 1b
(ii) except as provided in subparagraph (C) 1a who seeks admission as an immigrant, or who seeks adjustment of status to the status of an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence, and who has failed to present documentation of having received vaccination against vaccine-preventable diseases, which shall include at least the following diseases: mumps, measles, rubella, polio, tetanus and diphtheria toxoids, pertussis, influenza type B and hepatitis B, and any other vaccinations against vaccine-preventable diseases recommended by the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices,

(B) Waiver authorized.-For provision authorizing waiver of certain clauses of subparagraph (A), see subsection (g). [below]

(g) The Attorney General may waive the application of-
(1) subsection (a)(1)(A)(i) in the case of any alien who-

(A) is the spouse or the unmarried son or daughter, or the minor unmarried lawfully adopted child, of a United States citizen, or of an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence, or of an alien who has been issued an immigrant visa,

(B) has a son or daughter who is a United States citizen, or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence, or an alien who has been issued an immigrant visa; in accordance with such terms, conditions, and controls, if any, including the giving of bond, as the Attorney General, in the discretion of the Attorney General after consultation with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, may by regulation prescribe; or
...


INA 212 (g)(2) and INA 212 (g)(2)(C)

(2) subsection (a)(1)(A)(ii) in the case of any alien-

...
(C) under such circumstances as the Attorney General provides by regulation, with respect to whom the requirement of such a vaccination would be contrary to the alien's religious beliefs or moral convictions; or



MISC:

Waiver for TB or other medical condition

See USCIS Policy Manual, Volume 9 - Waivers
Part C - Waivers for Health-Related Grounds of Inadmissibility
Chapter 1 - Purpose and Background
https://www.uscis.gov/policymanual/Print/PolicyManual-Volume9-PartC.html
C. Scope​
...
This Part C only addresses ​the processes used for​ the medical waiver available to persons seeking an immigrant visa or adjustment of status based on a family- or employment-based petition.​ Under INA 212(g). ​All medical grounds of inadmissibility have a corresponding waiver ​under​ ​this section​ ​except​ ​for​ inadmissibility based on drug abuse or addiction.​ See INA 212(g), which specifically waives INA 212(a)(1)(A)(i)-INA 212(a)(1)(A)(iii) but omits reference to INA 212(a)(1)(A)(iv). ​


CDC requirements - Check here for updates
CDC - Medical Examination Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Immigrant and Refugee Health
https://www.cdc.gov/immigrantrefugeehealth/exams/medical-examination-faqs.html

Also note this page for CDC info relating to Immigrant and Refugee health related matters:
https://www.cdc.gov/ncezid/dgmq/


LETTER #1
Letter_1  |   Letter_2  |   Letter_3


The following is a edited and revised version of a letter which resulted in receiving a green card without vaccination. Brackets [ ] indicate areas where you will fill in the item as applies to yourself. Or in the case of the statement about 'religious conversion', 'out of state religious advisor', etc - eliminate if it does not apply.
October 2003
INS

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a personal statement to explain my position regarding immunizations. As a student of natural health I understand the position of the United States Government to protect its citizens from potential dangers from infectious disease. I have submitted to a comprehensive medical exam and have been found to be healthy. Never has my lack of vaccinations been an issue regarding the safety of my fellow employees or the public at large. I have submitted documentation from [country of origin] indicating that I have had naturally most of the childhood illnesses that are required for vaccination. Because I have had these illnesses, I have natural immunity and do not require additional inoculations.

I have lived in the United States as a student on and off for [9] years. This is a wonderful country, and I consider it a privilege to be able to live and work here with my [wife]. One of the things I admire the most about the polices of The United States is the respect of personal liberties. I decline to receive vaccinations based on my religious beliefs. According to my religious convictions I not only decline foreign inoculations into my body, but all medications. [When I was 13 years old my family and I had a religious conversion.] Since that time till today I have relied on God as my Lord and protector.

According to the INS web site from the Headquarters and Adjudication Division, all persons who object to receiving vaccinations based on moral and religious convictions need to submit an I-601 waiver form and pay the $--- filing fee. They indicate that the application must meet three requirements:
(1) You oppose vaccination in any form;
(2) The opposition is based on religious beliefs or moral convictions (whether or not as a member of a recognized religion);
(3) the religious or moral conviction is sincere.

I have submitted this form, complied with the requirement, and paid the $--- fee. In addition to this letter, you will find an attached letter from my local minister in whose church I am an active member[, and a letter from my out of state spiritual adviser in my file.] These letters confirm that receiving vaccination is against my religious beliefs.
     Thank you for your time and consideration.

      [Signature]

[Note: Latest filing fee is $930 (23Dec2016) ! (September 2011)]
LETTER #2
Letter_1  |   Letter_2  |   Letter_3


To Whom It May Concern,

This is a personal statement to explain my position regarding vaccinations. As a registered holistic nutritionist and a student of natural health, I understand the position of the United States Government to protect its citizens from potential dangers. I have submitted to a comprehensive medical exam and have been found to be healthy. I have strong spiritual/religious convictions about the natural care of the temple that is my body and every day of my life is spent in devotion to keeping my spiritual physical being healthy and naturally immune to disease. I have received some vaccines as a child and as a young adult. Since that time my religious and spiritual convictions have become stronger and I am strongly devoted to God and to keeping my body free from anything that is not from God. From my previous inoculations and from the years and years of healthy devotion to the basic natural laws of health I do not need any further vaccinations.

I have recently married a wonderful man who is a United States citizen by birth. The United States of America is a wonderful country, and I consider it a privilege to be going through the process to be able to live here with my husband. One of the things I admire most about the policies of The United States is the respect of personal liberties. I decline to receive vaccinations based on my spiritual and religious beliefs. I am a vegan who does not consume animal products and eats mostly raw natural foods. I not only decline inoculations into my body but also refuse the intake of all medications and synthetic additives and preservatives. I rely on God and God’s natural whole foods to protect and keep me strong.

According to the Department of Homeland Security and the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website, all persons who object to receiving vaccinations based on moral and religious convictions need to submit an I-601 waiver form and pay the $930 (23Dec2016) filing fee. They indicate that the applicant must meet three requirements:
(1) You oppose vaccination in any form;
(2) The opposition is based on religious beliefs or moral convictions (whether or not as a member of a recognized religion);
(3) the religious or moral conviction is sincere.

I have submitted this I-601 form, meet the requirements and paid the $--- filing fee. I have also attached 3 letters from persons who can attest that receiving vaccinations is against my spiritual and religious beliefs.

Thank you for your time and consideration,
_________________ (signature and contact info) ***get this letter notarized
And here is one of the letters submitted by a close friend;

To Whom It May Concern,

I am a close friend of ____________ and have known her well for many years. In all the time that I have known _______ it is her strong convictions towards her beliefs that have made her a beautifully spiritual being and a healthy inspiration to others.

She has strong devotional beliefs to her spirituality and religion. These beliefs include treating her body by the basic laws of God and Nature and not ingesting anything that is chemically, synthetically produced or produced using animals.

For all the time that I have been close to _________, I have always known her to adamantly refuse the idea of vaccines or of taking any medications at all. She relies on her spirituality and her devotion to the laws of Nature/God to guide, protect and heal her.

_________ has asked me write this letter to support her form to waive vaccinations and I have no problem doing this as I know that getting vaccinations would go against all that she believes and is religiously devoted to.

Thank you for your time,

(signature) with contact info
[Note: Latest filing fee is $930 (23Dec2016) !]

LETTER #3
Letter_1  |   Letter_2  |   Letter_3


Jane Doe
500 AnyStreet
Hometown, CA 92050

January 2, 2013

Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
PO Box 805887
Chicago, IL 60680-4120

Re: Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility (I-601)

Applicant: Sarah Doe (infant)

To Whom It May Concern:

I am the mother of the xx-month old applicant, Sarah Doe and I am seeking an exemption from the vaccination requirement because it is against my religious beliefs. As a practising Muslim I have chosen not to give my child any vaccines because it is against my religion to introduce forbidden (haram) substances into the body that may be considered unclean (najis) according to our Holy Scriptures (Qur’an). I have also chosen to raise my daughter as a vegan, and do not wish to introduce vaccines into her body as they contain ingredients derived from animals. Examples of haram ingredients in many vaccines include gelatin from pork, alcohol, and human and animal parts. These ingredients are forbidden to Muslims unless taken in a state of emergency to save life:

“He has only forbidden you dead meat, and blood, and the flesh of swine, and any (food) over which the name of other than Allah has been invoked. But if one is forced by necessity, without wilful disobedience, nor transgressing due limits - then Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Qur’an 16:115)

“They ask you (O Prophet) concerning alcoholic drink and gambling. Say: In them is a great sin, and (some) benefit for men, but their sin is greater than their benefit.” (Qur’an 2:219)


I am a US-born Citizen that has recently moved back to the US to be close to my family. I have sole custody of my daughter and would be facing extreme hardship if she is denied permanent residence before her I-94 expires on _______ __, ____ as I would be forced to move back to _______ with her, and we would lose all of the emotional, cultural and family support that we have here in the United States. I have attached three support letters, a copy of her birth certificate to establish our family relationship, a copy of her passport with I-94A departure record verifying how long she can stay in the US, a copy of my US passport to verify that I am a US Citizen and a copy of the court order verifying that I am the sole custodial parent.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jane Doe



Refugees
http://uscis.gov/
  • Refugees. Individuals outside of the United States applying for admission as refugees must undergo a medical exam, but they are not required to comply with the vaccination requirements at that time. [But will have to comply later.]

    uscis.gov/
    VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS FOR REFUGEES AND SALLIES APPLYING FOR ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS IN THE UNITED STATES

    What about refugees who object to the vaccination requirements because of religious or moral reasons?
    If complying with the vaccination requirements would be against your religious beliefs or moral convictions, INS can also consider this as a humanitarian reason for granting the waiver. You must apply for the waiver by using a separate form, Form I-602, Application by Refugee for Waiver of Grounds of Excludability, but you do not need to pay a fee. In this case, you will need to show that:
    (1) you are opposed to vaccinations in any form;
    (2) you object because of religious or moral reasons; and
    (3) your objection is sincere.
    If you believe there is any other humanitarian reason why INS should waive the vaccination requirements for you, you need to submit Form I-602 with your adjustment of status application.
    The current reference is here:
    https://www.uscis.gov/news/questions-and-answers/vaccination-requirements


  • Travel Index:
    * TRAVEL for US citizens.

    * Advice for travel to a "tropical" country.

    * Suggestions for healthy travel

    Yellow Fever

    HEALTHY Travel suggestions:
    * Suggestions for healthy travel

    * Advice for travel to a "tropical" country.



    Travel for U.S. Citizens

    Studies Exposing the Real Risks of Travel Vaccines:
    http://www.learntherisk.org/travel/

    Immigration and traveling as a citizen of the U.S. are two different things.
    International travel is easy. The following is from Walene James' book,
    Immunization: The Reality Behind the Myth, p. 226:

    "When you receive your passport, it might be wise to request a copy of Foreign Rules and Regulations, Part 71, Title 42, on immunizations. The World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva grants American visitors the right to refuse vaccinations when traveling internationally. Remember the basic rule:
    No one will vaccinate you against your will, because by so doing that person assumes full responsibility for the consequences, both legal and medical.

    [I would add that the acceptance of responsibility forms on our website could be useful when dealing with a bureaucrat...]

    "When traveling abroad, you may secure exemptions from vaccines by using Clause 83 of the International Sanitary Code, issued by the WHO and adopted by all its members. It states, in effect, that only when coming from an infected area are vaccinations necessary or the traveler could be quarantined for up to 14 days from the time he left the infected area if the health department deems it necessary. If you come from an area where there has been an epidemic, you will probably be put under surveillance (close watch). This simply means that together with the local health officer you must keep a close watch for any suspicious signs or symptoms. You will probably be required to report periodically to your local health officer for a period of up to 14 days from the time of departure from the infected area. If you notice an outbreak or symptom, you must immediately turn yourself in and submit to quarantine or isolation.

    "In actual practice, not only is this possibility very remote, but if it should occur, the vaccinated person may be required to submit to the same surveillance as the unvaccinated! Remember, every year, thousands of 'unimmunized' tourists travel in and out of the United States with little or no inconvenience or embarrassment."


    Note: The above was written in 1988, prior to the implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR) that 198 countries signed onto. See http://www.who.int/ihr/en/index.html

    These new regulations give much more power to the WHO regarding implementation of vaccines or prophylaxis in the event of a worldwide pandemic.

    See the Yellow Fever section below for more information.

    Since many people are allergic to eggs and other ingredients in the vaccines, and many doctors are now acknowledging vaccine dangers, it is best to travel to these countries with a medical exemption and bring proof of having received homeopathic nosodes in lieu of the required vaccines. To find a doctor in your area, go to http://vaclib.org/basic/health/homeotreatment.htm#find
    Yellow Fever
    USA
    According to the CDC, a medical waiver is acceptable for countries that require yf vax from all arriving travelers is here:
    http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2012/chapter-3-infectious-diseases-related-to-travel/yellow-fever.htm#1950

    A graphic of the yf vax form:
    http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/images/figure3-1-large.png

    Country list with malaria and yf requirements/recommendations:
    http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2012/chapter-3-infectious-diseases-related-to-travel/yellow-fever-and-malaria-information-by-country.htm#2867

    * Advice for travel to a "tropical" country.


    For WHO information, related to travel risks, see:
    English: http://www.who.int/ith/en/

    Studies Exposing the Real Risks of Travel Vaccines:
    http://www.learntherisk.org/travel/

    Excerpts for Yellow Fever.

    Review WHO guidelines. See articles, 23, 30-32 and 43 in WHO's International Health Regulations (second edition) here.

    ICVPs, CDC 731 (formerly PHS 731), certificate of vaccination, is valid for a period of 10 years, beginning 10 days after the date of vaccination.

    The ICVP must be signed by a medical provider, who may be a licensed physician or a health care worker designated by the physician, supervising the administration of the vaccine. A signature stamp is not acceptable. Yellow fever vaccination must be given at a certified center in possession of an official “uniform stamp,” which can be used to validate the ICVP.

    Location and hours of yellow fever vaccination centers (USA and Territories) may be obtained by visiting CDC’s website here.

    Medical Waivers (Exemptions)
    Some countries do not require an ICVP for infants younger than a certain age (<6 months, <9 months, or <1 year of age, depending on the country). Age requirements for vaccination for individual countries can be found in the Yellow Fever & Malaria Information, by Country section ... . For medical contraindications, a clinician who has decided to issue a waiver should fill out and sign the Medical Contraindications to Vaccination section of the ICVP.

    The clinician should also do the following:

    * Give the traveler a signed and dated exemption letter on letterhead stationery, clearly stating the contraindications to vaccination and bearing the stamp used by the yellow fever vaccination center to validate the ICVP.

    * ... how to minimize this risk by avoiding mosquito bites.

    * Reasons other than medical contraindications are not acceptable for exemption from vaccination. The traveler should be advised that issuance of a waiver does not guarantee its acceptance by the destination country. On arrival at the destination, the traveler may be faced with quarantine, refusal of entry, or vaccination on site. To improve the likelihood that the waiver will be accepted at the destination country, clinicians can suggest that the traveler take the following additional measures before beginning travel:

    * Obtain specific and authoritative advice from the embassy or consulate of the destination country or countries.
    * Request documentation of requirements for waivers from embassies or consulates and retain these, along with the completed Medical Contraindication to Vaccination section of the ICVP.
    If you must travel to a Yellow Fever country, see our
    * advice for travel to a "tropical" country.

    * See also our suggestions for healthy travel

    Studies Exposing the Real Risks of Travel Vaccines:
    http://www.learntherisk.org/travel/

    Common Sense suggestions for Healthy Traveling
    Travel Vaccines
    First of all, vaccines recommended for travel, like other vaccines, have never been tested in the field for efficacy, let alone undergone long-term safety tests. We have received stories from travel vaccine recipients who end up with rare blood disorders, autoimmune diseases and/or cancer and either die as a result, or never quite recover their former robust health. Avoid them.

    Where water may be contaminated
    Bottled water, in some cases, may be contaminated. A little 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide added to all water will go a long way in making drinking water safe. [Take along a pint of food grade hydrogen peroxide.] Food grade hydrogen peroxide is very strong and should be diluted to a 3% solution before using. Then take the 3% solution and add 3 drops per quart of water or 12 drops per gallon. It is also good to travel with a small portable carbon filter.

    Cayenne pepper taken with each meal will help the body handle any food slightly contaminated by dirty water. If you do not handle spicy food well, travel with cayenne pepper capsules and take 2-3 capsules with each meal.

    We also highly recommend traveling with a pound of sodium ascorbate or vitamin C in powder form. Taking up to 10 grams a day in juice or water will give you a strong immune system boost and prevent you from “catching” whatever bug may be going around.

    Hydrogen peroxide treated water is also good as a final wash on all fruits and vegetables, especially if you are unsure about the sanitation of the water.

    Mosquitoes
    Regarding mosquitoes, the best internal insect repellent is B-complex and B-2 (riboflavin) in particular. It is also reported that eating lots of raw garlic repels mosquitoes, however, eating a lot of raw garlic tends to repel people, too! Avoid all refined carbohydrates and sugars -- the mosquitoes seem drawn to people who consume refined carbohydrates and white sugar in particular.

    Traveling to a foreign, “tropical” country without vaccines
    Recent Letter

    VacLib’s travel and immigration pages were recently updated since there are a few changes and clarifications that needed to be made. It is important to know that there are no vaccines that are mandatory for travel unless you are traveling from one “yellow fever” country to another “yellow fever” country. For instance, if you are traveling to one country in South America from the U.S. and leaving that same country and returning to the U.S.A. or some non-yellow fever country, you can legally remain vaccine-free. However, we recently dealt with a vegan vegetarian man who was traveling to Peru and then to Brazil. In this situation, it would be very difficult to remain vaccine-free. Following is the advice we gave to “Michael” who most definitely was determined to remain vaccine-free.

    Go to this link -- Chapter 6, p.90 of International Travel and Health 2005 -- WHO publication http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2005/9241580364_chap6.pdf  

    Page 90 states: Mandatory vaccination, as authorized by International Health Regulations, nowadays concerns only yellow fever.  

    Link to the entire booklet in pdf is http://www.who.int/ith/en/    The following is the description of the document.  

    "International travel and health" is a WHO publication that offers guidance on the full range of health risks likely to be encountered at specific destinations and associated with different types of travel – from business, humanitarian and leisure travel to backpacking and adventure tours. The guidance is intended to help the medical profession to be fully aware of potential risks and to provide appropriate advice, whether this concerns recommended vaccinations, protection against insects and other disease vectors, or safety in different environmental settings.  

    Michael, since the booklet refers to vaccination and not immunization, we suggest you: 
    1) travel with the vaccine package insert to yellow fever, noting that you are a vegan vegetarian, raw foodist and putting a product cultured in animal tissue is a violation of your religious beliefs since it contaminates the body temple with animal products, specifically chick embryos. http://www.whale.to/a/p/yfvax.pdf
    2) tell the bureaucrat that the homeopathic nosode has been shown to be protective against yellow fever. Make sure you have a signed letter from your homeopath confirming that you have taken this particular nosode.
    3) go to the following link for the Acceptance of Medical Responsibility form. This is a last ditch resort. When you show them the contraindications and adverse reactions in the package insert, along with your emphatic insistence that you are a vegan vegetarian and had "allergic reactions to eggs as a child" (-- also a last ditch effort), and they still are insistent, then use this form, modified for your purposes. http://www.vaclib.org/legal/accept1.htm  

    Michael, please keep in touch with us. Your success may be helpful for others in a similar predicament. Unless more of us assert our most fundamental of human rights -- the right to decide what will or will not be injected into our bodies -- then we will have essentially participated in allowing medical martial law to "infect" the masses.  

    Thanks so much for your diligence in protecting your health on your South American venture. Your assertive stance is very much appreciated by all of us!

    In the Spirit of Truth,
    Ingri Cassel, director
    Vaccination Liberation

    Others' travel experiences without vaccination:
    Shot-free in India by Julie Jones Ford
    - - - Originally posted by: New Yorkers for Vaccination Information and Choice

    Misc Info
    South Africa
    Tourists traveling from a Yellow Fever endemic country:
    "Pregnant women, babies under one year old and people who are allergic to the vaccine and to eggs do not have to have the vaccination. You will still have to get a certificate from the vaccination centre saying that you have been exempted."
    http://www.capegateway.gov.za/eng/directories/services/11594/21089