— Virginia travel advisories are no place for travelers to visit during their vacation.
The Virginia Department of Transportation issued a travel advisory Thursday morning to protect Virginians from the Zika virus.
“The advisories and travel advisions issued by the Department of Emergency Management in conjunction with the Department’s Emergency Operations Center will ensure that we are prepared to respond to any emergency situations or emergencies,” the advisory reads.
Officials also said the advisories will not apply to travelers returning from the International Date Line, the busiest cruise ship route.
But they do suggest travelers avoid Virginia during the travel season.
You should not travel during peak travel times, such as the holiday weekend or weekends with high traffic volumes.
Travelers should plan ahead and be prepared for an extended wait times during the first few days of the summer travel season,” the travel advisory says.
It’s important to note that travelers should not use the Virginias new travel advisory if they are not traveling through the U.S. or if they have not visited Virginia before.
For more information on Zika, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.