2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Updated: July 25, 2016

Travel Health Notice

The 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games will be hosted in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5 to August 21 and September 7 to September 18 respectively. People from around the world, including Canadians, will travel to Brazil to participate in, work at, or watch the different games and events.

Due to the ongoing outbreak of Zika virus infection in Brazil, the Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that travellers practise special precautions to help ensure a healthy trip when attending the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. Experts now agree that the Zika virus infection is a cause of microcephaly (abnormally small head) in newborns and of Guillian-Barre Syndrome (a neurological disorder).

The Agency recommends that pregnant women and those planning a pregnancy should avoid travel to the Olympics. All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites.

For further information on current situation and recommendations to protect yourself please see the travel health notice Zika virus infection: Global Update and the Brazil travel advice and advisories for up-to-date information.

This travel health notice will be reviewed on a regular basis and updated as required.


Before your trip:

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

Special precautions for Zika virus:

During your trip:

After your trip:

If you are sick after you return, see a health care provider and tell them where you have travelled.

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