Your Health Abroad


Smart travelers take their health abroad seriously. The U.S. Department of State can assist in locating appropriate medical services and help transfer funds to the U.S. citizen overseas. They will not pay medical bills, so make sure you have sufficient travel insurance.

Make sure you know what medical services your travel insurance will cover overseas. Medicare is not covered overseas, though it may pay for inpatient hospital, doctor, ambulance services, or dialysis you get in a foreign country in rare cases.

You should make sure your travel insurance policy covers emergency expenses abroad, including if you need to return to the United States for treatment if you become seriously ill. Find out if your travel insurance covers high-risk activities such as parasailing, mountain climbing, scuba diving and off-roading. Also, make sure it covers pre-existing conditions if necessary.

Travel Insurance insures your financial investment in your trip and usually covers things like the cost of lost baggage and canceled flights. It may or may not cover costs of medical attention you may need while abroad. Travel Medical Insurance covers costs of medical attention you may need while abroad.

Medical tourism includes cosmetic surgery, dentistry, and other surgical procedures. Do your research ahead of time and make sure you plan for sufficient medical coverage.

Some countries require foreign visitors to carry an International Certificate of Vaccination, also known as a Yellow Card, or other proof that they have had certain inoculations or medical tests before entering or transiting their country. Before you travel, check the Country Specific Information and contact the foreign embassy of the country to be visited or transited through for current entry requirements.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) provide recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for travel abroad.