Travel Tips

What areas are being impacted by Zika?

A number of countries in the Americas from Mexico to Brazil have active Zika transmission. In addition, Cape Verde, three Pacific Islands (American Samoa, Samoa and Tonga) and several countries in Asia have reported transmission of the virus. Recently, cases involving local transmission have been reported in two areas of Miami, Florida. We have also seen the Zika virus in travelers returning home from places where Zika is spreading and their sexual partners.

What if I’m planning to travel to a place with an established Zika outbreak?

Pregnant women are being advised to avoid areas with active Zika transmission if possible. For everyone else, it is still okay to travel, but the CDC recommends usual anti-mosquito measures. People returning from these areas should use condoms to protect their partners from possible infection, especially if his partner is or could be pregnant. Officials are also urging travelers to avoid mosquito bites both while abroad in a Zika-affected area and for at least a week after a returning (in order to avoid spreading the virus, if they should be infected and not know it.)

For more specific Zika travel information, please visit the CDC’s traveler’s health page.