Carnival and Mardi Gras are celebrated in many countries. If you will travel to a location that is celebrating Carnival and Mardi Gras, consider the following recommendations from the U.S. Department of State, the CDC and the International Risk and Safety Office.

Official sources report on risks due to: conflict and terrorism in Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Chad, India, Pakistan, Turkey, and Yemen; crime and social unrest in Haiti, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Jordan, Papua New Guinea, and The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; demonstrations in Albania, Moldova, Nigeria, and Senegal; health risks in Europe, China, France, Nigeria, and Saudi Arabia, and Ebola outbreak risks in Democratic Republic of the Congo; law and culture in Poland; natural disasters and climate in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Chile, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Mauritius, Peru and New Caledonia.

Official sources report on risks due to: conflict and terrorism in Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, Tunisia and Egypt; crime and social unrest in Mozambique, Venezuela and Brazil; demonstrations in Belgium, Cameroon, Albania, Haiti, Moldova, and Nigeria; health risks in Argentina, Brazil, Europe, Multistate (World), and Nigeria, and Ebola outbreak risks in Democratic Republic of the Congo; law and culture in Gaza and Mozambique; natural disasters and climate in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Mauritius, New Zealand, Peru and Puerto Rico, United States; and mass gathering risks in Bangladesh.

Official sources report on risks due to: conflict and terrorism in Benin, Chad, and Qatar; crime and social unrest in Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, El Salvador, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Thailand, and Venezuela; demonstrations in Comoros, El Salvador, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Venezuela; entry and exit requirements in Uzbekistan; health risks in Brazil, Multistate (World and Europe), Fiji, France, Spain, and United Kingdom; Ebola outbreak risks in Democratic Republic of the Congo; natural disasters and climate in Australia, Brazil, Chile, United States, and Cuba; and various other risks in India.

Traveling abroad provides travelers with an opportunity to loosen up from the behavior and rule abiding routines they keep up with at home. While this is good as it allows travelers to experience new ways of walking through life, lack of awareness of the expected behaviors and rules in the host country, and lack of planning for keeping up with essential or critical health routines, can lead to trouble and unnecessary stress. Learn more about alcohol and drugs abroad and advise for self-care.

Official sources report on risks due to: conflict and terrorism in Argentina, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, and Philippines; crime and social unrest in Colombia, Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan, and Venezuela; demonstrations in Democratic Republic of Congo, Greece, Zimbabwe, Guatemala, Hungary, Senegal, Thailand, and Venezuela; entry and exit requirements in Bangladesh and Russia; health risks in Argentina, Europe, Montserrat, Mozambique, and Panama; health risks impacting Multistate(World) regions; Ebola outbreak risks in Democratic Republic of the Congo; law and culture in China; natural disasters and climate in Brazil, Vanuatu, and Ukraine; and communications disruptions in Tonga.

Lunar New Year is a traditional holiday celebrated in China and other East Asian countries. The Lunar New Year celebration is known as well as the Spring Festival. It traditionally runs from Lunar New Year’s Eve through the Lantern Festival, for a period of approximately 14 days. For 2019 the Spring Festival runs February 4 through February 10, and celebrates the Year of the Pig. If you will travel to celebrate the Lunar New Year, read health and safety recommendations from the U.S. Department of State, the CDC and International Risk and Safety.