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Travel Health Notices

Types of Notices

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

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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

  • Updated  Ebola in Guinea May 09, 2015 CDC urges all US residents to avoid nonessential travel to 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 >>
  • Updated  Ebola in Sierra Leone May 09, 2015 CDC urges all US residents to avoid nonessential travel to Sierra Leone and Guinea 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 >>
  • Earthquake in Nepal April 29, 2015 On Saturday, April 25, 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck 48 miles (77 km) northwest of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. The earthquake also caused avalanches around Mount Everest and many aftershocks. CDC recommends that US residents avoid all nonessential travel to Nepal. Read More >>

Alert Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions

  • Updated  Ebola in Liberia May 09, 2015 CDC is no longer recommending that US residents avoid nonessential travel to Liberia. However, CDC recommends that US residents practice enhanced precautions when traveling to Liberia. Read More >>
  • Hajj and Umrah in Saudi Arabia May 06, 2015 The annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is among the largest mass gatherings in the world. If you plan to travel to Saudi Arabia for Hajj or Umrah, follow CDC’s recommendations, such as being up-to-date on your vaccines, to help keep you safe and healthy. Read More >>
  • Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu March 26, 2015 Tropical Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu on March 14, 2015. Vanuatu is an island nation in the South Pacific consisting of about 80 small islands. Significant infrastructure damage has caused problems with sanitation, food supply, electricity, transportation, shelter, communications, security, and medical care. CDC recommends that travelers to Vanuatu take precautions to protect their health. Read More >>
  • MERS in the Arabian Peninsula 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 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 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 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 >>

Watch Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions

  • New  Meningococcal Disease in Niger May 15, 2015 As of May 10, 2015, a total of 5,855 suspected cases of meningococcal disease and 406 deaths have been reported in Niger. Most cases have occurred in the districts of Niamey, Dioundiou (Gaya), Tibiri (Doutchi), Dosso, Kollo, and Oualla. CDC recommends that travelers to Niger get vaccinated with quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine, which protects against N. meningitidis serogroups A, C, W, and Y. Travelers who continue to be at risk should receive a booster dose every 5 years. Read More >>
  • New  Meningococcal Disease in Nigeria May 15, 2015 As of March 29, 2015, a total of 1,346 cases of meningitis, including 50 deaths, have been reported from the Nigerian states of Kebbi, Sokoto, and Zamfara. CDC recommends that travelers to Nigeria get vaccinated with quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine, which protects against N. meningitidis serogroups A, C, W, and Y. Travelers who continue to be at risk should receive a booster dose every 5 years. Read More >>
  • New  Mumps in Scotland May 15, 2015 As of March 22, 2015, Health Protection Scotland has reported 242 confirmed mumps cases in 2015. CDC recommends that travelers to Scotland protect themselves by making sure they are vaccinated against mumps before travel. Read More >>
  • HFMD in Japan May 01, 2015 According to the World Health Organization, as of April 1, Japan has reported more than 13,800 cases of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) in 2015. Since the middle of March, weekly case numbers of HFMD have increased and are higher than in previous years. CDC recommends that travelers to Japan follow recommendations for hygiene and cleanliness to avoid HFMD. Read More >>
  • Hepatitis A in Mexico (Tulum) May 01, 2015 As of May 1, 2015, a total of 27 cases of hepatitis A have been reported in US travelers who went to Tulum, Mexico. All of the people traveled between the dates of February 15, 2015, and March 20, 2015. CDC recommends that travelers to Mexico get vaccinated against hepatitis A and follow all food and water precautions. Read More >>
  • Ross River virus disease in Australia April 24, 2015 According to the Department of Health in Australia, as of April 17, 2015, a total of 6,054 Ross River virus disease (RRVD) cases have been reported. CDC recommends that travelers to Australia protect themselves from RRVD by preventing mosquito bites. Read More >>
  • Dengue in Malaysia April 24, 2015 According to the World Health Organization, as of March 21, 2015, more than 30,800 cases of dengue fever, including 108 deaths, have been reported in Malaysia in 2015. Travelers to Malaysia should protect themselves against mosquito bites to avoid getting dengue. Read More >>
  • Measles in Germany April 22, 2015 As of March 30, 2015, the Berlin Senate Department of Health and Social Affairs has reported more than 950 cases of measles. CDC recommends that travelers to Germany 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 >>
  • 2015 World Expo in Milan, Italy April 20, 2015 The 2015 World Exposition will be held in Milan, Italy, from May 1, 2015, through October 31, 2015. Take some simple precautions to help you stay safe and healthy. Read More >>
  • Typhoid in Uganda April 20, 2015 More than 12,000 suspected cases of typhoid and 2 deaths have been reported in Uganda from January 1 through April 14, 2015. Cases have been reported in Kampala, Wakiso, and Mukono districts. CDC recommends that travelers to Uganda get typhoid vaccine before traveling and follow water and food precautions during their trip to help prevent typhoid. Read More >>
  • Dengue in Brazil April 20, 2015 According to Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), as of March 27, 2015, 224,101 cases of dengue fever, including 52 deaths, have been reported in Brazil in 2015. Travelers to Brazil should protect themselves against mosquito bites to avoid getting dengue. Read More >>
  • Measles in Kyrgyzstan April 15, 2015 Kyrgyzstan is experiencing an ongoing measles outbreak. CDC recommends that travelers to Kyrgyzstan protect themselves by making sure they are vaccinated against measles, particularly infants and children. Clinicians should keep measles in mind when treating patients with fever and rash, especially if the patient has recently traveled internationally. Read More >>
  • Hand, Foot, and Mouth (HFMD) Disease in Singapore April 13, 2015 According to the World Health Organization, Singapore has reported more than 4,000 cases of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) during January and February 2015. CDC recommends that travelers to Singapore follow recommendations for hygiene and cleanliness to avoid HFMD. Read More >>
  • H5N1 Bird Flu in Egypt April 10, 2015 CDC recommends that travelers to Egypt protect themselves from H5N1 by avoiding contact with wild birds, live or uncooked poultry, and body fluids from birds and poultry. Read More >>
  • Measles in Angola April 01, 2015 According to the World Health Organization, Angola is experiencing an ongoing measles outbreak. CDC recommends that travelers to Angola 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 >>
  • Measles in Ethiopia April 01, 2015 According to the World Health Organization, Ethiopia is experiencing an ongoing measles outbreak. CDC recommends that travelers to Ethiopia 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 >>
  • Measles in Bosnia and Herzegovina April 01, 2015 As of February 2015, the Federal Institute of Public Health in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina has reported more than 3,800 cases since January 2014. Most of the cases have been in 3 Central Bosnia Canton municipalities: Bugojno, Fojnica, and Travnik. CDC recommends that travelers to Bosnia and Herzegovina 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 >>
  • Malaria in Brazil March 27, 2015 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) received information that 23 locally transmitted malaria (Plasmodium vivax) cases have been reported in the state of Rio de Janerio from January 17 through February 25, 2015. Also, from March 3 through March 13, 2015, 5 locally transmitted (Plasmodium vivax) cases have been reported in the state of Goias. Local transmission means that mosquitoes have been infected with malaria and are spreading it to people. CDC recommends that travelers to the central, mountainous, forested areas of Rio de Janiero State and Goias State in Brazil protect the Read More >>
  • Cholera in Haiti March 25, 2015 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 >>
  • Cholera in the Dominican Republic March 25, 2015 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 >>
  • Measles in Vietnam March 25, 2015 According to the World Health Organization, as of February 20, 2015, there were 18,597 suspected measles cases, including 6,498 confirmed cases, and no deaths in Vietnam during 2014. So far in 2015, there are 185 suspected cases of measles, including 8 confirmed cases and no deaths. 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 Read More >>
  • Measles in the Philippines March 25, 2015 According to the World Health Organization, as of February 20, 2015, there were 58,010 suspected cases of measles, including 21,420 confirmed cases and 110 deaths in the Philippines during 2014. So far in 2015, there are 201 suspected cases of measles, including 33 confirmed cases and no deaths. 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 >>
  • Cholera in Cuba March 25, 2015 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 March 25, 2015 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. No new cholera cases have been reported. Read More >>
  • Chikungunya in Mexico March 25, 2015 Beginning in October 2014, locally transmitted cases of chikungunya have been reported in 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 >>
  • Avian Flu (H7N9) in China March 25, 2015 Two Canadian travelers were recently diagnosed with the first cases of avian influenza A (H7N9) in North America. The travelers had recently visited China, where cases of H7N9 flu have been reported since 2013. CDC advises people traveling to China to avoid contact with poultry (including poultry markets and farms), birds, and their droppings. Read More >>
  • Chikungunya in the Pacific Islands March 25, 2015 The Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PacNet) has reported local transmission of chikungunya in several islands in the central and south Pacific Ocean. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area have been infected with chikungunya and are spreading it to people. Read More >>
  • Chikungunya in the Caribbean March 06, 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 >>
  • Chikungunya in South America February 25, 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 >>
  • Cholera in Ghana February 18, 2015 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) February 18, 2015 The World Health Organization reported more than 47,300 dengue cases in China in 2014. This is mostly due to the dengue outbreak in Guangdong at the end of 2014. Travelers to China, particularly those going to Guangdong Province, should protect themselves against mosquito bites. Read More >>
  • Chikungunya in Central America 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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