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Sochi 2014: Winter Olympics and Paralympics

Plan ahead for safe and healthy travel

CDC wants you and your travel team to enjoy the Winter Games and bring home a suitcase full of gold, silver, and bronze memories. Plan ahead for safe and healthy travel!

  • Get vaccinated. Make sure you are up to date on your routine vaccines, including measles. You may also need hepatitis vaccines.
  • Pack Smart. Be sure to pack a travel health kit and plenty of warm and waterproof clothing and shoes.
  • Check your insurance. Travelers need proof of medical insurance that is valid in the Russian Federation to get a visa. Most domestic insurance plans won’t cover you if you need medical care overseas, so check with your provider to see if you have coverage outside the United States.
  • Stay Safe. When at crowded events, plan where to meet your group if you get separated. Always scout out emergency exits when at large indoor events.
  • Healthy Habits.  Always wear seatbelts. Wash your hands well and often. Drink alcohol in moderation and use latex condoms if you have sex.

Talk with your doctor about how to stay healthy and safe before, during, and after your trip to the Sochi Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Russia. Visit CDC's health information for travelers to Russia website for more information.

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  • Photo: Fireworks at the Bolshoy Ice Dome, part of the complex of facilities operated by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).

    Fireworks at the "Bolshoy" Ice Dome, part of the complex of facilities operated by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).
    Photo: Courtesy of Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

  • Photo:  Volunteers in traditional costumes at the Olympic Torch Relay in Belgorod.

    Volunteers in traditional costumes at the Olympic Torch Relay in Belgorod.
    Photo: Courtesy of Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

  • Photo:The "Bolshoy" Ice Dome at night.

    The "Bolshoy" Ice Dome at night.
    Photo: Courtesy of Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

  • Photo:  Vladimir Vinokur in the Olympic Torch Relay in Kursk.

    Vladimir Vinokur in the Olympic Torch Relay in Kursk.
    Photo: Courtesy of Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

  • Photo:  FIS Ski Jumping World Cup at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center in Sochi

    FIS Ski Jumping World Cup at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center in Sochi
    Photo: Courtesy of Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

  • Photo: Russian Short Track Championship

    Russian Short Track Championship
    Photo: Courtesy of Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

  • Photo: Gorki Media Center Opens its Doors for Media and Broadcasters

    Gorki Media Center Opens its Doors for Media and Broadcasters
    Photo: Courtesy of Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

  • Photo: Olympic Torch Relay

    Olympic Torch Relay
    Photo: Courtesy of Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

  • Photo: Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics hockey pucks

    Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics hockey pucks
    Photo: Courtesy of Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

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Spokespersons

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

Biography

Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH

Planning ahead for safe and healthy travel will make your experience at the winter Olympics all the more enjoyable. Make sure your vaccines are up to date, pack a travel medicine kit, check your insurance, and stay healthy through good habits such as frequent hand washing and you’ll come home a champion with lasting memories.

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH - Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Captain Gary Brunette, MD, MS

Biography

Captain Gary Brunette, MD, MS

Being part of a huge international crowd is one of the things that make the Olympic experience so special but it also means you need to take extra measures to make sure you stay safe and healthy. Be aware of your surroundings, careful when in crowds and using transportation and familiarize yourself with local laws and customs.

Captain Gary Brunette, MD, MS - Medical Officer, Geographic Medicine and Health Promotion Branch, CDC

 
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