Travel health notices

Notices remain in effect until removed.

DateTravel health noticesLocationLevel
May 29, 2015 Meningococcal disease in Niger Niger Level 1
June 26, 2015 Zika virus infection in Brazil Brazil Level 1
July 15, 2015 Earthquake in Nepal Districts in Nepal affected by the earthquake Level 3
May 6, 2015 Hepatitis A in Mexico Mexico Level 1
June 26, 2015 WHO Temporary Polio Vaccine Recommendations Afghanistan, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia and Syria Level 2
April 21, 2015 Avian influenza (H5N1): global update Global Level 1
September 28, 2015 Chikungunya: Global Update Global Level 1
September 28, 2015 Cholera in Cuba, Dominican Republic and Haiti Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti Level 1
July 17, 2015 Ebola Virus Disease in Guinea Guinea Level 3
July 17, 2015 Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia Liberia Level 2
July 17, 2015 Ebola Virus Disease in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone Level 3
August 13, 2015 The Hajj 2015 and Umrah Saudi Arabia Level 1
August 25, 2015 Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Algeria, Austria, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Malaysia, the Middle East, the Netherlands, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Tunisia, United Kingdom, United States  Level 1
July 16, 2015 Measles: global update Global Level 1
June 26, 2015 Dengue Fever: global update


Level 1
February 12, 2015 Polio: global update Global Level 1
February 12, 2015 Avian influenza (H7N9 and others) in China China Level 1

Levels of risk

Conditions in other countries may be different from those in Canada and may affect the health of Canadian travellers. For example:

  • standards of hygiene and sanitation may be different
  • safe food and clean water may be unavailable
  • climate or environmental conditions may support certain diseases that do not (or rarely) occur in Canada

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) actively seeks to identify and evaluate information about new, unusual or rapidly evolving health risks. When necessary, PHAC releases Travel Health Notices outlining the potential risks to Canadian travellers and to the Canadian public, and recommends measures that can be taken to help reduce these risks.

Level 1 - Practise usual precautions

Travel health notices advise practising usual travel health precautions. For example, notices at this level may remind travellers about routine vaccinations, highlight the importance of hand washing, or recommend protective measures to avoid mosquito bites.

Level 2 - Practise special precautions

Travel health notices recommend that travellers practise special health precautions, such as receiving additional vaccinations. A notice at this level would be issued if there is an outbreak in a limited geographic location, a newly identified disease in the region or a change in the existing pattern of disease.

Level 3 - Avoid non-essential travel

Travel health notices include a warning to avoid non-essential travel in order to protect the health of Canadian travellers and the Canadian public. The notice outlines specific precautions to take when visiting the region and what to do if you become ill during or after travel. A notice at this level would be issued during a large-scale outbreak in a large geographic area, or if there is increased risk to the traveller and an increased risk of spreading disease to other groups including the Canadian public.

Level 4 - Avoid all travel

Advises travellers to avoid all travel in order to protect the health of the Canadian public. A notice at this level would be issued if there is a high risk of spread of disease to the general public regardless of measures taken while travelling. Avoiding travel will limit the spread of the disease in Canada and internationally.

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