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Warning Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel
Alert Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions
Watch Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions

Current Notices

Travel notices are designed to inform travelers and clinicians about current health issues related to specific destinations. These issues may arise from disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, natural disasters, or other conditions that may affect travelers’ health. See below for more information on our travel notice categories.

For country-specific information about Safety and Security, visit the US Department of State Travel Alerts and Warnings page.

For country-specific information about weather conditions, visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) International Weather Selector webpage.

Warning Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel

  • Ebola in Liberia Updated January 06, 2015 CDC urges all US residents to avoid nonessential travel to Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone because of unprecedented outbreaks of Ebola in those countries. CDC recommends that travelers to these countries protect themselves by avoiding contact with the blood and body fluids of people who are sick, because of the possibility they may be sick with Ebola. Read More >>
  • Ebola in Sierra Leone Updated January 06, 2015 CDC urges all US residents to avoid nonessential travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia because of unprecedented outbreaks of Ebola in those countries. CDC recommends that travelers to these countries protect themselves by avoiding contact with the blood and body fluids of people who are sick, because of the possibility they may be sick with Ebola. Read More >>
  • Ebola in Guinea Updated January 06, 2015 CDC urges all US residents to avoid nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone because of unprecedented outbreaks of Ebola in those countries. CDC recommends that travelers to these countries protect themselves by avoiding contact with the blood and body fluids of people who are sick, becuase of the possibility they may be sick with Ebola. Read More >>

Alert Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions

  • Updated  MERS in the Arabian Peninsula Updated January 28, 2015 Cases of MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) have been identified in multiple countries in the Arabian Peninsula. There have also been cases in several other countries in travelers who have been to the Arabian Peninsula and, in some instances, their close contacts. Read More >>
  • Polio in Somalia Updated October 09, 2014 According to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, as of August 11, 2014, 5 cases have been reported in Somalia for 2014. In 2013, 194 cases of polio were reported from Somalia. These are the first wild poliovirus cases reported in Somalia since 2007. CDC recommends that all travelers to Somalia be fully vaccinated against polio. In addition, adults should receive a one-time booster dose of polio vaccine. Read More >>
  • Polio in Cameroon Updated August 11, 2014 As of August 11, 2014, 5 cases of polio have been reported in Cameroon for 2014. There were also 4 cases reported in 2013. This outbreak of polio is the first reported in Cameroon since 2009. Read More >>
  • Polio in Equatorial Guinea Updated July 25, 2014 As of July 15, 2014, 5 cases of polio have been reported from Equatorial Guinea. Before 2014, no cases had been reported in Equatorial Guinea since 1999. CDC recommends that all travelers to Equatorial Guinea be fully vaccinated against polio. In addition, adults should receive a one-time booster dose of polio vaccine. Read More >>
  • Polio in Syria Updated July 25, 2014 According to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, 36 cases (1 case in 2014) of polio have been reported from the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria) since the outbreak began in 2013. Due to conflict in the region, immunization rates have dramatically decreased. CDC recommends that all travelers to Syria be fully vaccinated against polio. In addition, adults should receive a one-time booster dose of polio vaccine. Read More >>
  • Polio in Ethiopia Updated July 25, 2014 According to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, in 2013, 10 cases (1 case in 2014) were reported from the Somali Region of Ethiopia. These are the first wild poliovirus cases reported in Ethiopia since 2008. CDC recommends that all travelers to Ethiopia be fully vaccinated against polio. In addition, adults should receive a one-time booster dose of polio vaccine. Read More >>
  • Polio in Iraq Updated July 25, 2014 According to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, as of July 15, 2014, 2 cases of polio have been reported in a near Baghdad. Before 2014, no cases had been reported from Iraq since 2000. Read More >>

Watch Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions

  • New!  Carnival and Mardi Gras Released January 26, 2015 Thousands of people around the world celebrate Carnival every year. Some of the most popular Carnival celebrations take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Nice, France; Venice, Italy; Cologne, Germany; Quebec, Canada; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Trinidad and Tobago. Carnival dates vary by destination, but for many, the celebration starts the Friday before the beginning of Lent (Ash Wednesday). The last day of celebration is called Mardi Gras or "Fat Tuesday." In 2015, Carnival festivities at many destinations reach their height from Friday, February 13, through Tuesday, February 17. Most Carniva Read More >>
  • Updated  Measles in the Philippines Updated January 13, 2015 According to the World Health Organization, 57,564 suspected cases of measles, including 21,403 confirmed cases and 110 measles deaths, were reported in the Philippines from January 1 through December 20, 2014. CDC recommends that travelers to the Philippines protect themselves by making sure they are vaccinated against measles. Clinicians should keep measles in mind when treating patients with fever and rash, especially if the patient has recently traveled internationally. Read More >>
  • Updated  Chikungunya in the Caribbean Updated January 13, 2015 In December 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported cases of chikungunya in Saint Martin. Additional cases were reported in other islands in the Caribbean. This is the first time that local transmission of chikungunya has been reported in the Americas. CDC recommends that travelers to the Caribbean protect themselves from mosquito bites. Read More >>
  • Updated  Measles in Vietnam Updated January 13, 2015 According to the World Health Organization, about 17,267 suspected measles cases, including 5,568 confirmed cases and 2 measles deaths, were reported in Vietnam as of December 20, 2014. CDC recommends that travelers to Vietnam protect themselves by making sure they are vaccinated against measles, particularly infants 6–11 months of age (1 dose of measles vaccine) and children 12 months of age or older (2 doses of measles vaccine). Clinicians should keep measles in mind when treating patients with fever and rash, especially if the patient has recently traveled internationally. Read More >>
  • Updated  Chikungunya in South America Updated January 13, 2015 In December 2013, French Guiana reported locally transmitted cases for the first time in South America. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area have been infected with chikungunya and are spreading it to people. CDC recommends that travelers to the South America protect themselves from mosquito bites. Read More >>
  • Updated  Chikungunya in French Polynesia Updated January 13, 2015 On October 11, 2014, Tahiti reported locally transmitted chikungunya cases for the first time. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area have been infected with chikungunya and are spreading it to people. Chikungunya cases have also been reported on the Austral and Palliser Islands. CDC recommends that travelers to French Polynesia protect themselves from chikungunya by preventing mosquito bites. Read More >>
  • Updated  Chikungunya in Mexico Updated January 13, 2015 On October 14, 2014, Mexico reported a locally transmitted chikungunya case for the first time; the case occurred in the Chiapas State in southern Mexico. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in Mexico have been infected with chikungunya and are spreading it to people. CDC recommends that travelers to Mexico protect themselves from chikungunya by preventing mosquito bites. Read More >>
  • New!  Lunar New Year Released January 13, 2015 The Year of the Goat begins on February 19, 2015, and many travelers will visit Asia to celebrate the Lunar New Year. If you are traveling to Asia, plan ahead for a safe and healthy trip. Read More >>
  • Cholera in Ghana Updated December 18, 2014 More than 27,900 cases and 217 deaths from cholera have been reported in Ghana as of November 29, 2014. Many cases have been in the Greater Accra region (about 70%), including in the districts of Accra Metro and La-Dadekotopon. As of November 29, 2014, the number of new cholera cases has been declining. CDC recommends that travelers to Ghana protect themselves from cholera by following food and water precautions. Read More >>
  • Dengue in China (Guangdong Province) Updated December 18, 2014 As of October 12, 2014, the Health Planning Commission of Guangdong Province reported an outbreak of more than 30,000 cases of dengue. Travelers to China, particularly those going to Guangdong Province, should protect themselves against mosquito bites. Read More >>
  • Chikungunya in Samoa Updated December 18, 2014 For the first time, locally transmitted cases of chikungunya have been reported in Samoa. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area have been infected with chikungunya and are spreading it to people. CDC recommends that travelers to Samoa protect themselves from mosquito bites. Read More >>
  • Chikungunya in American Samoa Updated December 18, 2014 For the first time, locally transmitted cases of chikungunya have been reported in American Samoa. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area have been infected with chikungunya and are spreading it to people. CDC recommends that travelers to American Samoa protect themselves from mosquito bites. Read More >>
  • Cholera in the Dominican Republic Updated December 18, 2014 An outbreak of cholera has been ongoing in the Dominican Republic since November 2010. Cases continue to be reported but in smaller numbers than earlier in the outbreak. Read More >>
  • Cholera in Cuba Updated December 18, 2014 According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Cuban health authorities have reported more than 700 cases of cholera, including 3 deaths, since July 2012. The outbreak is ongoing, and cases have been reported from the provinces of Artemisa, Camaguey, Granma, Guantanamo, Havana, and Santiago de Cuba. Several cases were reported in travelers returning from Cuba, including travelers from the United States. Read More >>
  • Cholera in Mexico Updated December 18, 2014 According to the Pan American Health Organization's Epidemiological Update on Cholera, as of November 10, 2014, there were 14 confirmed cases, 13 in Hidalgo state and 1 in Querétaro. There were 187 confirmed cholera cases, including one death, reported in Mexico in 2013. Read More >>
  • Cholera in Haiti Updated December 18, 2014 An outbreak of cholera has been ongoing in Haiti since October 2010. Cases continue to be reported but in smaller numbers than earlier in the outbreak. Cases have been reported in all 10 departments of Haiti. Read More >>
  • Chikungunya in Central America Updated December 03, 2014 In June 2014, El Salvador reported locally transmitted cases for the first time in Central America. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area have been infected with chikungunya and are spreading it to people. Local transmission of chikungunya is now being reported in other countries in Central America. CDC recommends that travelers to the Central America protect themselves from mosquito bites. Read More >>

 

 
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