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Travel Alert

The Department of State issues a Travel Alert for short-term events they think you should know about when planning travel to a country. Examples of reasons for issuing a Travel Alert might include an election season that is bound to have many strikes, demonstrations, or disturbances; a health alert like an outbreak of H1N1; or evidence of an elevated risk of terrorist attacks. When these short-term events are over, we cancel the Travel Alert.

Travel Warning

The Department of State issues a Travel Warning when they want you to consider very carefully whether you should go to a country at all. Examples of reasons for issuing a Travel Warning might include unstable government, civil war, ongoing intense crime or violence, or frequent terrorist attacks. We want you to know the risks of traveling to these places and to strongly consider not going to them at all. Travel Warnings remain in place until the situation changes; some have been in effect for years.

In our globalized, modern and mobile world, over 1 million people travel internationally each day.

In many countries, vaccine preventable diseases are still common even though they have been eradicated from North America. Without vaccines, epidemics of many preventable diseases will return, resulting in increased illness and death and a lower quality of life. 

Vaccination before travel is imperative to ensure global public health and to help individuals stay healthy during and after their travels.


CDC Travelers Health

View official U.S. government health recommendations for traveling provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Learn about recommended travel vaccines and medicines you might need for your destination.
  • Find the latest health updates for areas you plan to visit.
  • Discover and learn about specific diseases that can affect you while traveling. 


Access all of this information and more at: 

Passport Health

Passport Health provides medical services, immunizations and personal consultations to make sure you understand the risks, are well prepared and feel confident throughout your journey.

Travel Medical Services:

  • Customized, destination-specific travel health consultations
  • All international travel immunizations
  • State Certified Yellow Fever Vaccination Clinic
  • On-site group services for businesses churches and organziations
  • Travel related medications and specialty health products

Houston Locations: Downtown Houston, West Houston, Greenway Plaza, Sugar Land & The Woodlands

Call (713) 467-6575 or visit their website for more information

Methodist Hospital Wellness Services

Methodist Wellness Services will review your current immunizations, your destination's immunization regulations, and your current health including pre-existing medical conditions. Your pre-travel consultation will include recommendations for: 

  • Appropriate vaccinations
  • Physical examinations, if necessary
  • Precautions to take prior to your trip
  • Items to include in your packing list
  • Mode of packaging for necessary medications
  • Local and regional political concerns
  • Review of vaccination record
  • 25-30 page Travax report


Call (713) 441-5978 or email for more information. 

World Health Organization

Working with 194 Member States, across six regions, and from more than 150 offices, WHO staff are united in a shared commitment to achieve better health for everyone, everywhere.

Together they strive to combat diseases – communicable diseases like influenza and HIV, and noncommunicable diseases like cancer and heart disease.

Their primary role is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system.

Their main areas of work are health systems; health through the life-course; noncommunicable and communicable diseases; preparedness, surveillance and response; and corporate services.

Click here to view the WHO website

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Beyond Group Travel (BGT) has no special knowledge regarding the financial condition of the Suppliers,, unsafe conditions, health hazards, weather hazards, or climate extremes at locations to which you may travel.  For information concerning possible dangers at destinations, BGT recommends contacting the Travel Warnings Section of the U.S. State Department at (202) 647-5225 or  For medical information, BGT recommends contacting the Centers for Disease Control at (877) FYI-TRIP or  You assume full and complete responsibility for checking and verifying any and all passport, visa, vaccination, or other entry requirements of your destination(s), and all conditions regarding health, safety, security, political stability, and labor or civil unrest at such destination(s).  

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