Intending passengers scheduled for international flights on Monday besieged the Port Health Services Office at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos to process the new electronic Yellow Card.
The rush by passengers followed the phasing out of all versions of the card known as International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP).
The new card comes on the heels of the proliferation of issuance of fake yellow cards by unauthorised persons, which had become a source of national embarrassment.
As early as 7am, hundreds of intending passengers showed up at the Port Health Office, near the tollgate of the Lagos Airport.
When The Nation visited the office, many passengers complained about the slow pace of work and absence of internet facilities. Besides, the office was thrown into darkness following heavy downpour in the early hours.
Apart from passengers who had flights to catch yesterday, others were directed to return today to pick their cards.
To qualify for immediate issuance, passengers were requested to submit their confirmed tickets with the date of travel.
The new card, it was learnt, has enhanced security features that could be verified anywhere in the world by scanning the bar code or checking the card number on the Yellow Card portal.
Effective July 1, the new e-Yellow Card would be the only valid documented proof of vaccination against yellow fever.