U.S. Travel is monitoring developments regarding the Zika virus and its potential impact on travel and tourism. After months of urging legislators to act, the travel community is relieved that Congress passed a short-term resolution that includes $1.1 billion in emergency funding to combat Zika.
Since the first advisory in August, the CDC has updated its travel and testing guidance to include red and yellow area designations:
- Zika cautionary area (yellow area): Miami-Dade County, FL and Brownsville, TX are considered a yellow area, where local transmission has been identified, but evidence is lacking that the intensity of transmission is comparable to that in the red area. This includes the areas of Wynwood, North Miami Beach, South Miami Beach and Little River, which were previously identified as red.
- Zika active transmission area (red area): A geographic area where local, state and CDC officials have determined the intesity of Zika virus transmission presents a significant risk to pregnant women. There are currently no areas in the U.S. designated red.
The World Health Organization has publicly cautioned against instituting travel or trade bans in response to the Zika virus.
General talking points and additional industry resources are available below. Links to the most up-to-date official sources can be found on the right-hand bar. We will keep this page updated with the latest information.