Prevent Zika on Your Trip

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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.

If you're pregnant, delay your trip.

Traveling? See areas with a risk of Zika.

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Before You Go

To prevent Zika, add these items to your packing list:

  • Insect repellent with an active ingredient like DEET or picaridin
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Long pants
  • Condoms

Check out this video to see how easy it is to pack to prevent Zika.

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During Your Trip

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.
After You Return

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.
Page last reviewed: February 28, 2019