Health & Safety
Which vaccinations are required for my particular trip?
The wide range of destinations we travel to presents varying degrees of medical risk. For example, a visitor to India might need certain immunizations that a visitor to Australia would not.
We are not physicians and cannot provide you with specific medical advice. We strongly encourage you to check with your personal physician or local travel clinic at least 6 weeks before embarking on your journey for up-to-date information regarding medical precautions and immunizations for your particular travel destination(s).
For comprehensive information please refer to the Center for Disease Control's traveler's health information web site: www.cdc.gov/travel or call 800-232-4636.
We do provide a list of tips for staying healthy upon sign up.
Will I be affected by high altitude?
Most destinations in our region present no altitude concerns whatsoever. However, the effects of high altitude may impact travelers in the Himalayan region or those crossing the passes of Central Asia. Click HERE for more information on the effects of traveling at high elevation.
Please discuss any concerns you have about traveling to high elevation with your Travel Specialist. If your itinerary includes high altitude locations, comprehensive information will be sent to you in your Sign Up packet.
Will I be in close contact with animals/livestock?
Depending on your itinerary, you may visit come in contact with domestic and wild animals. Many cities in Asia have populations of stray dogs, cats, monkeys or other animals—travelers should always keep their distance. Activities at farms and wildlife sanctuaries should be individually assessed. If you have concerns about your own safety/health or that of the animals, please speak to your guide directly. Some itineraries may include hands-on experiences with horses, camels and elephants. Again, questions of health or safety should be addressed directly with your guide.
You can read more about our stance on ethical elephant experiences here.
More comprehensive information will be sent to you upon sign up.
Shoud I be concerned about Zika Virus in Asia?
ATJ is aware that the Zika Virus has now been detected in several areas throughout Asia and the Pacific. We are in frequent contact with our in-country partners, the U.S Department of State, the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control to monitor the situation. We will update this information if the situation changes.
There have been only a handful of reported cases amongst billions of people that live in this part of the world. Most of these cases have been in very remote areas (where our travelers do not visit) that do not have access to preventative measures. Zika is only a serious concern for a very small percentage of our travelers, specifically pregnant women or those planning to become pregnant. It is only transmittable by sex/blood transfusion or a mosquito that is carrying Zika.
For most people, the illness is mild with symptoms such as fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes lasting less than a week. Some people do not have symptoms at all. However, a Zika Virus infection during pregnancy can cause microcephaly and other serious birth defects. Pregnant women should postpone travel to areas where Zika has been reported and avoid unprotected sex with partners who may have been exposed to the virus.
There is currently no vaccine for Zika, so prevention is key. As with any other mosquito-born illness, travelers should be diligent about protecting themselves from mosquito bites, especially in areas where Zika has been reported:
- Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants
- Close the windows and use air conditioning at night, when possible
- If air conditioning is not available or you are sleeping outdoors, always sleep under a full-bed mosquito net
To prevent the spread of Zika through sexual contact:
- If you have been diagnosed with, show symptoms of, or have any other reason to suspect you may be carrying Zika, use condoms with all partners until you receive clearance from a doctor
- Couples of childbearing age should use condoms for extra protection while traveling in areas with Zika.
- Women who become pregnant shortly after visiting a Zika impacted area should consult their doctor as soon as possible.
If you have questions or concerns about a trip you already have planned with us, please contact your Travel Expert directly.
If you are pregnant and already have travel plans underway with us, please contact your Travel Expert directly to discuss your options for postponement or cancellation. A ‘Cancel for Any Reason’ policy may qualify, however you will need to talk directly with your provider to determine. Currently our normal Terms & Conditions apply for all other travelers.
For more information on Zika Virus, the following resources may be helpful: