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H1N1 Travel Advice . International Programs and Services. Do not travel if you are feeling sick. If you have flu-like symptoms, you should stay home and avoid travel for at least 24 hours after you stop having symptoms.

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H1N1 Travel Advice

International Programs and Services


Do not travel if you are feeling sick.

  • If you have flu-like symptoms, you should stay home and avoid travel for at least 24 hours after you stop having symptoms.

  • Symptoms of novel H1N1 flu virus are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

  • Some people also have diarrhea and vomiting.


Be informed before you go.

  • Every country is different.

  • Every situation is different.

  • Make sure you are aware of travel restrictions before you go.

    • Your travel may be restricted based on your country of origin.

    • Your travel may be restricted based on the countries you’ve recently visited.

    • Your travel may be restricted based on the country’s outbreak history.

    • Your travel may be restricted based on medical symptoms exhibited before you travel or when you arrive at your final destination(i.e. temperature, flu-like symptoms, etc).


Be informed before you go.

  • Check the Center for Disease Control Website for UPDATED travel advice. http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/content/outbreak-notice/novel-h1n1-flu-global-situation.aspx

  • Check the US State Department Website for UPDATED travel warnings and travel alerts. http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html

  • Check the Embassy Website of the country or countries you plan to visit.


Be informed before you go.

  • Check to see if your insurance will cover medical emergencies, travel delays, or interruptions. Purchase additional insurance if you think it is necessary.

  • Locate, in advance, medical facilities that will be covered by your insurance.

  • Check with your doctor to see if you need additional immunizations or shots BEFORE you go.


Monitor Situations While Abroad

  • Register with the US Embassy in your host country. http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/registration/registration_1186.html

  • Monitor the news for information about outbreaks in your host countries and countries you plan to travel to.

  • Monitor the news for information about outbreaks in the US before your return trip.


What to do if you are sick while abroad.

  • It is expected that most people will recover without needing medical care.

  • If you have severe illness or you are at high risk for flu complications, seek medical care.

  • A US consular officer can help you find local medical care in a foreign country. To contact the US embassy or consulate in the country you are visiting, call Overseas Citizens Services at:

    • 1-888-407-4747 if calling from the US or Canada,

    • 00-1-202-501-4444 if calling from other countries, or

    • Visit Websites of U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Mission to find the contact information for the local US Embassy of the country you are visiting.

  • Avoid further travel for 7 days after your symptoms begin or until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer.

  • Follow all local health recommendations. For example, if you are sick, you may be asked to put on a surgical mask to protect others or to stay in your home or hotel to prevent the spread of novel H1N1 flu.


Practice Healthy Habits Always

  • Stay healthy: drink lots of water, eat fresh foods, and exercise regularly.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and running water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand gels are also effective.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.


Helpful Websites and References

  • Center for Disease Control http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/

  • US State Department http://www.state.gov/travel/

  • Embassy of the United Kingdom http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travelling-and-living-overseas/swine-flu

  • Michigan Technological University H1N1 site http://www.mtu.edu/flu/


In case of an emergency

  • Contact your host university’s international affairs office.

  • Contact IPS at +1.906.487-2160 during regular office hours.

  • Contact Greta Gustafson, Coordinator of Study Abroad, at +1.616.893.9433

  • Contact Thy Yang, Director of International Programs and Services, at +1.701.590.0892


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