Travel Advisory - Zika Virus February 2016
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We are aware of the global concerns regarding travel to areas affected by the Zika Virus and are continuing to monitor this issue in association with the relevant travel, government and health bodies.
The World Health Organisation has reviewed this health concern and stated that there should be no restrictions on travel or trade with countries areas and/or territories with Zika virus transmission. You can find their full report here.
What does that mean for travel to countries with known Zika Virus transmission?
If you are travelling to a destination where the Zika Virus is known to be transmitted we strongly suggest you make yourself aware of the safety measures to prevent mosquito bites, which include:
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants
- Use insect repellents (always use as directed).
- Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents)
- Use bed nets as necessary
- Stay and sleep in screened-in or air-conditioned rooms
For a full overview of prevention measures & countries of concern, please visit Smartraveller.
If you already have travel booked and you are concerned about whether you should travel, we recommend that you consult your local doctor, particularly if you are pregnant. We also suggest contacting your airline, hotel and tour providers who may be able to speak with you about options.
If you have any questions or queries about the coverage of your travel insurance policy, please contact our Allianz Global Assistance Information Hotline on 1300 725 154.