The Travel Health and Vaccine Specialists

Health Alert


2015 World Expo in Milan, Italy

Updated April 21, 2015

The 2015 World Exposition will be held in Milan, Italy, from May 1, 2015, through October 31, 2015. With more than 140 countries participating, organizers estimate that more than 20 million travelers will attend. Below are some simple precautions to help you stay safe and healthy.

What can travelers do to protect themselves?

Before your trip:

During your trip:

  • Follow security and safety guidelines. Travelers may be targets for criminals during mass gatherings(
    • If possible, don’t travel at night, avoid questionable areas, and travel with a companion.
    • If you drink alcohol, do it in moderation. Drunk people are more likely to hurt themselves or other people, engage in risky sex, or get arrested.
    • Carry a photocopy of your passport and entry stamp; leave the actual passport securely in your hotel.
    • Carry your travel health and evacuation insurance policies( and the contact information for the nearest US embassy or consulate and emergency service numbers.
    • Follow all local laws and social customs.
    • Do not wear expensive clothing or jewelry.
    • Always keep hotel doors locked, and store valuables in secure areas.
    • If possible, choose hotel rooms above the first floor (people on the first floor are more likely to be victims of crime) but no higher than the sixth floor (the highest a fire ladder can reach).
  • Reduce your risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The celebratory atmosphere of many mass gatherings can encourage travelers to engage in risky sex, especially if alcohol or drugs are involved. Use condoms if you have sex. Read more about how to prevent STDs by visiting the Travelers’ Health STD( page.

After your trip: