Mass gatherings (large-scale events)

Mass gatherings, including sporting events, festivals, concerts, religious events, political rallies or demonstrations, bring together people from all over the world.

If you are planning to travel to participate in a mass gathering, there are some particular risks to keep in mind. Large numbers of people in small areas can enable the spread of infectious diseases and increase the risk of injury. Take the time to prepare for your trip and know how to reduce the risks. 

Preparing for your trip

  1. Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.

    • Make sure that your routine vaccines and adult boosters, including the measles vaccine and the influenza vaccine, are up-to-date. The routine schedule for childhood vaccines may need to be adjusted if a child is travelling.
    • Be sure to discuss your travel plans with your health care provider or travel health clinic as there may be other vaccines to consider and other recommendations related to your destination(s).  
  2. Check the Travel Advice and Advisories for your destination. 
    • Verify your destination’s security information and entry/exit requirements.
    • Be aware of the most likely health risks associated with the particular gathering or event you are attending and what you can do to stay healthy and safe. 
  3. Pack a travel health kit and purchase travel health insurance.

  4. Register with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service so Canadian consular officials can contact you in case of an emergency. It is a quick, simple and free service that is accessible on mobile devices.

While you are abroad

When you return

If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough and/or shortness of breath upon arrival in Canada, tell a border services officer.

If you were bitten or scratched by an animal during your trip, see your health care provider and tell him or her about your exposure and any treatment you may have had.

If you are sick after you return, see a health care provider and tell him or her where you have travelled and if you received medical care while abroad.

If you develop a fever in the first three months after you return home, or within a year, and you have been to an area where malaria occurs, tell your health care provider immediately.

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