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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.

 

Alert Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions

  • Updated  Zika Virus in Cape Verde February 05, 2016 In October 2015, the first local transmission of Zika virus infection (Zika) was reported in Cape Verde. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in Cape Verde have been infected with Zika virus, spreading it to people. Read More >>
  • New  Pope Francis Visits Mexico February 05, 2016 Pope Francis will be visiting Mexico February 12–18, 2016. Learn more about how to stay healthy and safe during your trip and follow these tips for safe and healthy travel. Read More >>
  • Updated  Zika Virus in the Pacific Islands February 05, 2016 In November 2015, Samoa reported local transmission of Zika virus infection (Zika). Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area have been infected with Zika virus, spreading it to people. Read More >>
  • Updated  Zika Virus in South America February 05, 2016 In May 2015, the first local transmission of Zika virus infection (Zika) was reported in South America. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area have been infected with Zika virus, spreading it to people. Read More >>
  • Updated  Zika Virus in Central America February 05, 2016 In November 2015, the first local transmission of Zika virus infection (Zika) was reported in Central America. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area have been infected with Zika virus, spreading it to people. Read More >>
  • Updated  Zika Virus in the Caribbean February 05, 2016 In December 2015, the first local transmission of Zika virus infection (Zika) was reported in the Caribbean. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area have been infected with Zika virus, spreading it to people. Read More >>
  • Updated  Zika Virus in Mexico February 05, 2016 In November 2015, the first local transmission of Zika virus infection (Zika) was reported in Mexico. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in Mexico have been infected with Zika virus, spreading it to people. Read More >>
  • Polio in Burma (Myanmar) December 21, 2015 Burma has reported 2 cases of vaccine-derived polio, which can develop and circulate in areas with low vaccination coverage where oral polio vaccine (OPV) is used. CDC recommends that all travelers to Burma be fully vaccinated against polio. Read More >>
  • MERS in the Arabian Peninsula November 19, 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 Nigeria November 16, 2015 According to Global Polio Eradication Initiative, one vaccine-derived poliovirus case was identified in Nigeria in May 2015. CDC recommends that all travelers to Nigeria be fully vaccinated against polio. Read More >>
  • Polio in Guinea November 03, 2015 According to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Guinea has reported a case of vaccine-derived polio. CDC recommends that all travelers to Guinea be fully vaccinated against polio. In addition, adults who have been fully vaccinated should receive a single lifetime booster dose of polio vaccine. Read More >>
  • Polio in Madagascar November 03, 2015 According to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Madagascar has reported 9 cases of vaccine-derived polio. CDC recommends that all travelers to Madagascar be fully vaccinated against polio. In addition, adults who have been fully vaccinated should receive a single lifetime booster dose of polio vaccine. Read More >>
  • Polio in Ukraine November 03, 2015 According to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Ukraine has reported 2 cases of vaccine-derived polio. CDC recommends that all travelers to Ukraine be fully vaccinated against polio. In addition, adults who have been fully vaccinated should receive a single lifetime booster dose of polio vaccine. Read More >>
  • Polio in Laos November 03, 2015 On October 8, 2015, the government of Laos notified the World Health Organization of a case of vaccine-derived polio. CDC recommends that all travelers to Laos be fully vaccinated against polio. In addition, adults who have been fully vaccinated should receive a single lifetime booster dose of polio vaccine. Read More >>

Watch Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions

  • New  Yellow Fever in Angola February 08, 2016 The Ministry of Health in Angola has reported an ongoing outbreak of yellow fever in Luanda Province. The government of Angola requires all travelers older than 9 months to show proof of yellow fever vaccination on arrival. In addition, CDC recommends that all travelers aged 9 months or older be vaccinated against yellow fever. Read More >>
  • New  Carnival and Mardi Gras January 29, 2016 If you plan to travel outside the United States to celebrate Carnival, you can take some simple precautions to help you stay safe and healthy. Read More >>
  • Lunar New Year January 11, 2016 The Year of the Monkey begins on February 8, 2016, 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 >>
  • Ebola in Sierra Leone December 29, 2015 CDC no longer recommends that US residents practice enhanced precautions when traveling to Sierra Leone. Although there is believed to be no risk of Ebola to travelers, travelers should, as usual, avoid contact with sick people, dead bodies, or blood and body fluids. Read More >>
  • Ebola in Guinea December 29, 2015 CDC no longer recommends that US residents practice enhanced precautions when traveling to Guinea. Read More >>
  • Ebola in Liberia December 29, 2015 CDC is no longer recommending that US residents practice enhanced precautions when traveling to Liberia. Although there is believed to be little risk of Ebola to travelers, travelers should, as usual, avoid contact with sick people, dead bodies, or blood and body fluids. The health infrastructure in Liberia had been severely strained by the Ebola outbreak but is now returning to normal. Read More >>
  • Chikungunya in Mexico November 19, 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 November 19, 2015 According to the World Health Organization, 667 cases and 229 deaths from H7N9 flu have been reported globally from March 2013 through October 14, 2015, most from the mainland of China. Smaller numbers of cases have been identified in travelers from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Canada. CDC advises people traveling to China to avoid contact with poultry (including poultry markets and farms), birds, and their droppings. There are no recommendations against travel to China. Read More >>
  • Chikungunya in Central America November 19, 2015 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 >>
  • H5N1 Bird Flu in Egypt November 19, 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 >>
  • Chikungunya in South America November 19, 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 Tanzania October 30, 2015 CDC recommends that travelers to Tanzania practice good hand washing and follow food and water precautions. Read More >>
  • Chikungunya in Senegal September 18, 2015 CDC recommends that travelers to Senegal protect themselves from chikungunya by preventing mosquito bites. Some travelers may be more likely to get chikungunya, have severe disease, or be at higher risk for chikungunya for other reasons. CDC advises travelers in high-risk groups to discuss their travel plans with their health care provider. Read More >>
  • Chikungunya in the Pacific Islands July 06, 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 May 14, 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 >>
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