Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean

Updated: October 03, 2017

What should you know

Hurricane season in the Caribbean is from June to the end of November.  Consult the National Hurricane Center for additional information on weather conditions.

In September 2017, Hurricanes Irma and Maria swept through the Caribbean, causing severe destruction. Countries affected include:

Global Affairs Canada provides advice regarding travel to severely affected areas. Visit the country page of your destination for up-to-date information.

Many areas are flooded and inaccessible. Access to the following basic necessities may be limited:

If you must travel to the affected areas, take action to reduce your personal risk.

How can you protect your health during your trip?

Before your trip:

All travellers should see a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic, preferably six weeks before travel. Find a travel health clinic near you. 

Pack a travel health kit and purchase travel health insurance.

During your trip:

Practise safe food and water precautions
Contaminated water and food may increase the risk of related diseases like:

Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times. Flooding and standing water increase the risk of insect-related diseases such as dengue, zika, chikungunya and malaria.

Avoid contact with all animals as they may carry rabies.

Protect yourself against injury and illness:

Wear gloves:

If you are travelling to the affected areas to support relief efforts (aid workers), protect yourself:

After your trip:

Seek medical attention if you are injured, sick, or having trouble coping with stress after you return to Canada.

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