Summer is coming! For many French, it’s an opportunity to travel. As every year, Santé Publique France publishes its latest advice for travelers in a special issue. Very useful suggestions for protecting your health on the other side of the world.
Advice for travelers version 2022
Going abroad for a vacation is the wish of many Frenchmen. However, to ensure that the journey remains a pleasure, Suggestions important and evolves each year according to the health contexts of countries. Inside recommendations for travelers Public Health France screens for more than 25 diseases for the geographic coverage of about 175 countries.
First evolution compared to 2021, health restrictions linked to Covid-19. While continuing to travel – sometimes actively – in many countries, it is imperative to learn about entry procedures:
- The ability to access countries for travelers. As a matter of fact, some countries may close their borders to holidaymakers;
- Required vaccination schedule (French vaccination schedule is not always sufficient);
- Submission of an antigen test or PCR in less than 48 or 72 hours.
More than 25 diseases screened in 175 countries
Other diseases remain under close surveillance and require special precautions:
- The list of countries at risk of Japanese encephalitis grows with the addition of Papua New Guinea. Preventive vaccination is possible);
- Yellow fever: there are new areas at risk of transmission, so these destinations require vaccination before departure (be careful, yellow fever vaccination should be done at a dedicated vaccination centre);
- Tuberculosis: The incidence of the disease is high in new countries and special monitoring is required in case of suggestive symptoms during or on the way back from travel.
Regarding malaria, epidemiological data reveal an increase in worldwide incidence and mortality from this disease transmitted by a mosquito. Malaria cases returning from travel in France are also on the rise. Indeed, health officials recorded more than 2,000 cases in 2021. According to experts, this trend is linked to the decline in malaria control activities during the Covid-19 outbreak. Therefore, prophylaxis against malaria is a priority to protect travelers who will be spending their holidays in an endemic area. However, it should be noted that chloroquine is now abandoned due to an unfavorable benefit-risk ratio.
Updated recommendations for a quiet trip
On the other hand, impregnating clothing with permethrin, an insecticide, is no longer recommended for the general population. This is due to the toxicity of this substance to health and the environment. Only refugees or soldiers who do not have access to mosquito nets are encouraged to use this technique to combat vector-borne diseases transmitted by mosquitoes.
In addition, Santé Publique France has updated its recommendations regarding:
- acute mountain sickness;
- sun exposure;
- motion sickness;
- thromboembolic disease;
- Preventing “jet lag”.
Before any travel, it is recommended to consult the website diplomatie.gouv.fr, which lists the health measures in force for each destination.
Estelle B., Doctor of Pharmacy
– Weekly epidemiological bulletin, 2 June 2022, special issue Health advice for travelers, 2022. santepubliquefrance.fr. Accessed on: 10 June 2022.