Mental & physical health

Travel precautions

Anyone who lives in or travels to an area with local mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission can become infected with Zika virus.

Consider the following if you’re concerned about exposure to Zika during your travels:

  • Check the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) list of countries where Zika is spreading.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites if you travel to one of the affected countries and for one week after you return, even if you don’t feel sick.
  • Read the CDC’s tips on how travelers can avoid mosquito bites.
  • Sexually active people and their partners who have traveled to areas with Zika need to use condoms correctly every time they have sex (vaginal, oral, or anal) for at least eight weeks after traveling if only the female partner traveled, or six months if the male partner traveled. If your partner is pregnant, use condoms or other barriers until she gives birth.
  • If you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant, consider postponing travel to areas with local Zika transmission on the CDC list.
  • If you have traveled to a country with Zika transmission you should prevent pregnancy for at least two months after traveling, and up to six months if a male partner traveled.

Areas of active transmission

Map of active Zika transmission areas


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