On 5 May 2014 the Director-General declared the international spread of poliovirus in 2014 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) under the International Health Regulations [IHR 2005], issued Temporary Recommendations to reduce the international spread of poliovirus, and requested a reassessment of this situation by the Emergency Committee every 3 months. The ninth meeting of the Emergency Committee was held in May 2016.
Based on the committee’s advice and the reports made by affected States Parties, the Director-General extended the following Temporary Recommendations under the IHR (2005), effective May 2016. The committee's full report is available here.
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While there are no specific IHR Temporary Recommendations for travellers from polio free countries, those travelling to polio-affected countries are advised to consult International Travel and Health
Full WHO statement including the Temporary Recommendations
For travellers: Frequently-asked questions [pdf]
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Download the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis
Current global polio case count
International Health Regulations portal (secured-access for national IHR focal point
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