Lunar New Year

Level 1 - Practise health precautions (more details)

Original publication date: December 18, 2023

Updated: February 7, 2024

Current Situation

Lunar New Year, which officially begins on February 10, 2024, is a public holiday observed across multiple days in many countries. Celebrations can draw large crowds, which can increase your risk of accidental injury and the spread of infectious diseases, including respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19, colds, pneumonia, and seasonal influenza (the flu). 

For more information about how to protect yourself from COVID-19 while travelling, please see the COVID-19 travel health notice.

Travel Health Notice: COVID-19 and International Travel

Sporadic human cases of avian influenza have been reported in many countries. Avian influenza cases generally follow a seasonal pattern. For more information, please see the avian influenza travel health notice.

Travel Health Notice: Avian Influenza

Clusters of mpox (monkeypox) cases have been reported in several countries. The majority of cases in these areas have been reported in those who have had close or intimate contact with a person who has mpox. For more information, please see the mpox travel health notice.

Travel Health Notice: Mpox (monkeypox): Advice for travellers

Learn more:

Mass gatherings (large-scale events) –
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) –
Flu (influenza): Prevention and risk –
Avian influenza -


Before your trip:

Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic at least 6 weeks before you travel. 

  • Make sure your routine vaccinations and adult boosters are up-to-date.
  • Discuss travel-related vaccinations and medications you may want to consider based on your destination and planned activities.

Pack a travel health kit and consider purchasing travel health insurance. 

Visit the Government of Canada’s Travel Advice and Advisories page for your destination(s) for the most up-to-date travel advice.

Learn more:

Travel advice and advisories by destination –
Canadian Immunization Guide –
Travel health kit –
Travel insurance –

During your trip:

Be aware of your surroundings. 

  •  The risk of accidental injury increases in large crowds.
  •  Avoid densely congested areas with limited emergency exits.

Reduce your risk of becoming ill or spreading illness while travelling

  • Stay at home when you are sick and consider wearing a well-fitted mask in public indoor settings. 
  • Avoid close physical contact with people who may be showing symptoms of illness.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol. 
    • This helps reduce the spread of infectious diseases by removing or killing germs on your hands.
    • If your hands are visibly dirty, you should wash them with soap and water instead of using hand sanitizer. 
    • It's a good idea to always keep hand sanitizer with you when you travel.
  • When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with your arm to reduce the spread of germs.
    •  If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards.
  • Avoid areas such as farms, live animal markets, and areas where animals may be slaughtered.
  • Avoid contact with animals (alive or dead), including pigs, chickens, ducks and wild birds.
  • Avoid surfaces with animal droppings or secretions on them.
  • Practise safe food and water precautions.
  • Protect yourself from insect bites during the day and night.

Learn more :

COVID-19: Prevention and risks –
Hand washing and staying healthy –
Eat and drink safely abroad –
Insect bite and pest prevention –

After your trip:

Monitor your health

If you become ill when you are travelling or after you return, avoid contact with others except to see a health care professional. Tell them:

  • your symptoms
  • where you have been travelling or living; and,
  • if you have had direct contact with animals (for example: visited a live animal market) or close contact with a sick person.

Learn more:

If you become sick or injured while travelling outside Canada or after your return -

Registration of Canadians Abroad

Sign up with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service to stay connected with the Government of Canada in case of an emergency abroad or an emergency at home.

Learn more:

Registration of Canadians Abroad –

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