Following the declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO) of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on the Zika virus, UNWTO recalls that according to WHO there should be no restrictions on travel with the affected areas and that the following travel measures should be observed:
- There should be no restrictions on travel or trade with countries, areas and/or territories with Zika virus transmission.
- Travellers to areas with Zika virus transmission should be provided with up-to-date advice on potential risks and appropriate measures to reduce the possibility of exposure to mosquito bites;
- Standard WHO recommendations regarding disinfection of aircraft and airports should be implemented.
UNWTO will continue to monitor the situation in close contact with WHO and the relevant tourism authorities. As per the impact on the tourism sector, it is too early to make any effective assessment considering the evolving nature of the situation.