Press Release

New Travel Advisory Relating To The Influenza A(H1n1) Outbreak

The Department of Health and Children and the Department of Foreign Affairs today amended their advice for those considering travel to countries affected by the Influenza A (H1N1) outbreak.

Travel advice to Mexico and other affected areas

The number of reported confirmed cases of H1N1 Flu Virus in Mexico steadily increased until the end of April at which time it began to decrease and then level off at a lower level.

After discussion with members of the National Pandemic Expert Group, our National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has reviewed the latest information from Mexico on influenza spread and considers that the risk of contracting the virus has decreased. It has also taken into account that nearly all of the cases reported in Canada and the United States have been mild. For these reasons, our current advice has been changed and we no longer recommend Irish citizens postpone elective or non-essential travel to Mexico or other affected areas.

As the situation may change over time, the advice will be updated in response to recommendations from the pandemic influenza expert group and the World Health Organisation. People considering travelling are asked to please keep updated by rechecking this advice.