International travel and health

Haiti - travel, trade and cholera

Although it is unusual for tourists and short term visitors to be affected by cholera provided that they adhere to proper food safety and adequate hygiene, this disease continues to cause serious outbreaks in parts of the world where water supplies, sanitation, food safety, and hygiene are inadequate. WHO does not recommend any travel and trade restrictions in relation to the Haiti cholera outbreak. National authorities are encouraged to provide arriving travellers with information on cholera symptoms, hygienic preventive measures and how to seek for medical care in case of symptoms. Authorities are also encouraged to disseminate information about the cholera situation worldwide, and about current outbreaks in particular, to travel clinic, travel medicine networks, and other health care networks.

For more detailed information on issues relating to travel and trade you may consult the four WHO information and position documents below: