Health tips for your trip

Current information about the coronavirus

Since December 2019, several cases of lung disease have occurred in the Hubai region (China). In the course of the disease, an infection with a novel coronavirus was detected. The Robert Koch Institute and the European Health Authority (ECDC), classify the risk of the disease spreading within the EU and the risk to the health of the population in Germany as low.

As a precautionary measure, the Lufthansa Group has now decided to cancel the flights of Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines from/to Beijing and Shanghai until 28 February. Initially they had been suspended until 9 February. Nanjing, Shenyang and Qingdao will not be served until the end of the winter timetable on 28 March. Flights to and from Hong Kong will continue to operate as planned. Further information.

AirChina may also offer free refunds on certain tickets. Learn more here.

The Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL) has set up a hotline for questions: +49 9131 6808 5101. The task force can also be reached by e-mail

Current information and advice on the corona virus can be found on the WHO's website.

Triggered symptoms of the coronavirus

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Respiratory problems and shortness of breath
  • Severe diseases progress as pneumonia, lung or kidney failure

Travel tips for your health

Ebola, yellow fever, malaria or avian flu - in recent years there have been repeated major spread of various diseases. To ensure that your journey is not restricted by illness, we have put together a few hints and tips for you.

These recommendations come from the Robert Koch Institute, the WHO and the German Foreign Office, among others.

A few important notes in brief

  • Inform yourself in advance about the situation at your destination and at the doctor
  • If necessary, take out health and repatriation insurance for travel abroad
  • Put together a first-aid kit
  • Ensure sufficient credit card coverage, for possible medical costs
  • Pay attention to general hygiene (e.g. wash hands, sneeze into the sleeve)
  • Do not drink tap water and avoid raw food
  • Watch out for unusual symptoms when you return

Advice for travelling abroad

"Prevention is better than aftercare" is a well-known saying. To ensure that you take positive impressions and fond memories with you from your trip, health must not be left behind. Therefore, first find out whether there are any health risks at your destination and if so, which ones.

While the usual vaccinations are usually sufficient in Europe, extended protection is often necessary for long distance travel. The good news is that for some diseases there are effective vaccinations or other preventive medical measures. It is also advisable to take a travel pharmacy with you.

In addition, the risk of falling ill can be reduced by appropriate behaviour in the country of travel. For example, you should not consume raw animal products, drink tap water or use it to brush your teeth, or protect yourself from insects by wearing appropriate clothing.

Notes on returning to your home country

After you return, you should of course enjoy the memories and relaxation. Nevertheless, in the first few weeks after your (especially long-distance) journey, look out for inexplicable symptoms such as diarrhoea/constipation, fatigue, (change-over) fever or skin changes. In such cases, please consult a doctor immediately, especially if you have been travelling to high-risk regions anyway.

For example, if you have a fever, you should also consider malaria for up to six months after returning from the tropics. After a stay in a malaria risk area, the rule of thumb is that any fever above 38.5 °C that occurs at the earliest one week and at the latest about one year after the start of exposure to malaria arouses suspicion of malaria. Even if you have taken malaria prophylaxis without interruption, it is not impossible that it is a malaria disease. Especially with children, follow-up is important.

After returning from the trip, you should also remember to have the vaccinations given for the trip refreshed at the prescribed intervals.

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