Prevent Zika on Your Trip
If you are visiting friends and family in an area with a risk of Zika, there are simple ways you can enjoy your trip and stay safe.
Protect yourself and your loved ones from Zika before, during, and after your visit.
Check out the latest resources and tips below.
It’s easy to prevent Zika during your trip:
- Follow CDC’s tips to prevent bites from mosquitoes that spread Zika.
- Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts.
- Stay in rooms with air conditioning, or windows with door screens. If you’re sleeping outdoors, use a bed net.
- Zika can be sexually transmitted. To prevent the spread of Zika, use condoms every time you have sex.
Many people who have Zika won’t have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms. When you return:
- Use insect repellent for 3 weeks after your trip to prevent passing Zika to mosquitoes that could infect other people.
- Protect your partner. If you’re a woman, use condoms (or do not have sex) for 2 months. If you’re a man, use condoms (or do not have sex) for 3 months. If both partners traveled, use condoms (or do not have sex) for 3 months.
- If your partner is pregnant, use condoms (or do not have sex) for the rest of the pregnancy.
- Talk to your doctor if you develop a fever, rash, headache, joint pain, red eyes, or muscle pain.
- Zika: A CDC Guide for Travelers-General Information about the Zika virus and tips to prevent Zika during and after your trip. pdf icon[PDF - 5 pages]
- Zika: The Basics of the Virus and How to Protect Against It-Key information about the Zika virus plus prevention tips. pdf icon[PDF - 2 pages]
- Prevent Bug Bites: What to Know Before You Go!-Steps for travelers to tropical and other destinations.
- A CDC Guide to Healthy Travel-Learn how to be proactive, prepared, and protected for your next trip abroad. pdf icon[PDF - 10 pages]
- Zika Packing List-A checklist of items to help you stay healthy on your next trip. pdf icon[PDF - 2 pages]
- Passport to Healthy Travel Resource Card-CDC Travelers' Health Branch resources, all listed in one place. pdf icon[PDF - 4 pages]
Free printed copies are available for some publications. To order, please visit CDC-INFO on Demand.
- Pregnant? Read This Before You Travel-General information for pregnant women about the Zika virus and how to prevent mosquito bites. pdf icon[PDF - 2 pages]
- Doctor's Visit Checklist: For Pregnant Women Who Traveled to an Area with Zika-Questions to ask your doctor and additional resources. pdf icon[PDF - 2 pages]