Current International COVID-19 Travel Requirements Here
By Andrea Drever

Content and Editorial Director


Sick happens. and while it’s never fun, it’s particularly problematic if you happen to be traveling at the time. So, what can you do to make sure you’ll be cared for, without going bankrupt, when you’re traveling abroad? Here are some things to keep in mind.

Closed suitcase with books and sunglasses on top of it

Be Prepared Before You Leave

  • Check insurance coverage with your carrier and specifically identify whether or not you are covered while traveling abroad. Ask for advice on medical care while traveling.
  • If your insurance policy does not cover you abroad, consider purchasing a short-term health insurance policy that does. There are short-term policies specifically designed to cover travel.
  • Be sure to have your health insurance identification card and a claim form with you while traveling.
  • Medicare does not provide coverage for hospital or medical costs outside the United States. But you can look into foreign medical care coverage with Medicare supplement plans.
  • Be sure to complete the information page on the inside of your passport, providing the name, address, and telephone number of someone to contact in case of emergency.
  • If you have a pre-existing medical condition, carry a letter from your primary healthcare provider describing the condition and any prescription medicines you are currently taking. These should include generic names for these medicines.
  • Be sure to bring any medicines you are taking with you outside the United States in their clearly labeled original containers. Some medicines are considered to be highly illegal narcotics in foreign countries. You will want to check with the foreign embassy of the country you are visiting about restrictions.

Getting Care If You Become Ill or Injured While Traveling

Contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for a list of local healthcare providers and medical facilities.

If your illness is serious, consular officers can help you find medical assistance, and, if you desire, inform your family and/or friends.

If necessary, consuls can also assist in the transfer of funds from family or friends in the United States. Payment of hospital and other medical bills are the travelers' responsibility.

Eyeglasses sitting on an open book on an unmade bed.

Can Blue Light Blockers Improve Your Sleep?

Sure, they can protect your eyes. But can blue light-blocking glasses help you sleep more soundly? Here’s what science has to say.

Read More
Honeycomb on a plate, and a bowl filled with an oatmeal mix.

Healthful Honey Oat Treats

Easy, delicious and packed with good ingredients, these no-bake, nearly raw snack balls are a treat.

Read More
Two women sitting across from each other at a table clasping hands in a supportive way.

DUTCH Testing for Hormone Health

A simple, easy-to-complete test that gives unparalleled insight into hormone health seems like a dream; but with the DUTCH test, it’s very much a reality.

Read More
Black electric toothbrush and tube of toothpaste on a counter, and two women holding toothbrushes.

Oral Healthcare Advice From NYC's Top Dentist

Maintain that just-been-to-the-dentist pearly white smile with these pro tips and tricks.

Read More
Barren white cliffs and deep blue water.

The Soothing Ritual of Thalassotherapy

Relaxing, ocean-based therapy that will leave you feeling blissfully grounded.

Read More
and holding a small cocktail with sugar around the rim of the glass.

Cutting Back on Cocktails A Beginner’s Guide

Concerned you might be drinking too much? Even if you don’t plan on becoming a total teetotaler, here are some tips on cutting back.

Read More
Woman looking relaxed and contemplative.

Big Benefits of IV Drip Therapy

Touted as a cure-all for whatever ails you, this simple procedure delivers a dose of fast-acting nutrients and deep hydration. Treatments are safe, effective and popping up in the most unexpected places.

Read More
Photos of a woman wearing jeans, a woman holding a bowl, and a bowl of raspberries with cream and granola.

Superfoods To Eat Every Day

Ramp up energy and vitality by adding these highly nutritious — and delicious — foods to your diet as often as possible.

Read More
Woman in beige outfit sitting on beige bed, seemingly lost in thought.

The Physical Effects of a Broken Heart

We know we feel awful when a relationship ends. But science shows that heartbreak can also have negative — but reversible — physical effects.

Read More

My Bag

Product thumbnail
Product title

Variant title

1

$ 0.00

Your cart is empty

SUBTOTAL

Taxes and shipping calculated at checkout