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Plan for Travel

Before your trip

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If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • If you are pregnant, do not travel to areas with Zika.
  • If you or your partner are trying to get pregnant, consider avoiding nonessential travel to areas with Zika. Talk to your doctor or other healthcare provider about your travel plans.

During your trip

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Protect yourself from mosquito bites

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Keep mosquitoes outside

  • Stay in places with air conditioning and with window/door screens.
  • Use a bed net if air conditioned or screened rooms are not available or if sleeping outdoors.

After your trip

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Protect yourself from mosquito bites

  • Even if you do not feel sick, travelers returning to the United States from an area with Zika should take steps to prevent mosquito bites for 3 weeks so they do not spread Zika to mosquitoes that could spread the virus to other people.

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Protect yourself during sex

  • Protect yourself and your partner during sex, especially if your partner traveled to an area with Zika or if you are pregnant or considering getting pregnant.
  • The amount of time you need to protect yourself during sex depends on whether your partner has symptoms and whether you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant. For specific guidelines, see protect yourself during sex.

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See a doctor or healthcare professional

Related Resources

Related Resources

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Zika and Sexual Transmission: For People Whose Partner Traveled to an Area with Zika


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