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Travel precautions

Anyone who lives in or travels to an area with local mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission can become infected with Zika virus.

  • Check the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s up-to-date list of countries with Zika risk.
  • If you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant, consider postponing travel to areas with local Zika transmission.
  • Women who travel to a country with Zika transmission should prevent pregnancy for at least two months after traveling, and up to six months if a male partner traveled.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites if you travel to one of the affected countries and for one week after you return, even if you don’t feel sick.
  • Read the CDC’s tips on how travelers can avoid mosquito bites.

For sexually active people who have traveled to areas with Zika transmission, and their sex partners:

  • Use condoms correctly every time you have sex (vaginal, oral, or anal). Not sharing sex toys can also reduce the risk of spreading Zika to sex partners.
  • If your partner is pregnant, use condoms or other barriers (e.g., female condom, dental dam, etc.) until she gives birth.

Map of active Zika transmission areas