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Health Advice for Travellers

Staff and students are advised to observe the following preventive measures when planning for overseas travel :

Before the trip

  • Pay attention to the travel notice and health recommendations over the cities and countries that you are travelling to.
  • Visit the websites of Centre for Health Protection (CHP), World Health Organization (WHO), US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to acquire information on disease outbreak alert at specific destinations and useful health advice.
  • Postpone your trip if you have flu symptoms or fever. Wear a mask and seek medical attention.
  • Bring along a pack containing adequate surgical masks, alcohol-based handrubs, alcohol-containing tissues and a thermometer to ensure a high level of personal hygiene.
  • Bring with you a small quantity of common medicine (Travellers Pack is available at cost price at UHS).
  • Visit UHS to obtain health certificates 48 hours prior to departure, if necessary.
  • Check if you are adequately covered by medical insurance and the emergency contact number of the insurance company.
  • Find out the emergency contact points and phone numbers at your destinations.
  • Avoid all travel to areas which the HKSAR Government has issued the Black Outbound Travel Alert.

During the trip

  • Maintain good personal hygiene habits, e.g. hand hygiene and cough manners, during travel.
  • Comply with local public health guidelines.
  • Observe food hygiene.
  • Avoid contact with live poultry or animals. If contacts have been made, wash hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Avoid crowded places and contact with fever patients.
  • When symptoms of respiratory tract infection and fever develop, wear a mask and seek medical attention promptly.

Returning to Hong Kong

  • Postpone your trip if you develop flu symptoms or fever.
  • Closely monitor health condition after return from an affected area.
  • If fever and upper respiratory symptoms develop, put on a mask and seek medical attention promptly. Tell your doctor about your travel history.

Useful Links:

Centre for Health Protection, Department of Health
Guidelines on Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for Travellers
Guidelines on Prevention of Avian Influenza for Travellers
Guidelines on Prevention of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome for Travellers
Prevention of Zika Virus Infection
Travel Health Service, Department of Health, Hong Kong

Jan 2020

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