Current International Covid-19 Travel Requirements Here
By Andrea Drever

Content and Editorial Director


When you’re traveling abroad, even buying shampoo can be challenging on occasion. So attempting to fill a prescription on foreign soil should be avoided if at all possible. Don’t plan on being able to purchase your medicines, whether prescribed or over-the-counter, at your destination. They may not be available, and if they are, they may not meet U.S. quality standards. In many developing countries, counterfeit drugs are also a big problem. That being said, if you must attain meds, here are some tips.

Filling Prescriptions

  • Bring a prescription from your doctor with you.
  • Some countries don’t honor foreign prescriptions, so you may need to visit a clinic or physician who can quickly evaluate you and provide a local prescription.
  • Remember that your medication, when bought abroad, could be sold under a different brand name.
  • If you have a preexisting medical condition, ask your doctor to write a letter describing the condition and any prescription medications needed to treat it, including the generic names of the prescribed drugs.
  • In some developing countries, a prescription isn’t necessary, and prescription medications, including antibiotics, can be obtained directly from the pharmacy.

Avoiding Counterfeit Drugs

  • Buy medicines only from licensed pharmacies and get a receipt. Don’t buy medicines from open markets.
  • Ask the pharmacist whether the drug has the same active ingredient as the one you were taking.
  • Make sure the medicine is in its original packaging.
  • Look closely at the packaging. Sometimes poor-quality printing or otherwise strange-looking packaging will indicate a counterfeit product.
Woman in swimsuit sitting on a wooden deck next to a pool in a desert setting.

Screen-Free Getaways

At these digital detox destinations, you can put your cell phone in a time-out and enjoy some quality moments for yourself.

Read More
Colorful abstract painting.

Travel That Teaches Us: Painting on the Amalfi Coast

We interview artist Gina Covello about her inspiring trip to Italy.

Read More
Glassy, narrow river curving within dense pine forest

City Guide: Bend, Oregon

What you need to know about eating, sleeping and outdooring in one of the most beautiful corners of the country.

Read More
Starry sky.

The Best Place I’ve Ever Slept

Bestselling author Michael Hainey’s favorite evening was spent not at a five-star hotel, but on stairs beneath the stars. He shares his magical memories with us.

Read More
Brown duffle bag next to a white mid-century-modern chair on a rustic hardwood floor.

Don’t Forget To Pack a Lost-Luggage Tracker

We’ve all been there, feeling crushed as we stand at the empty baggage carousel. These trackers let you prepare in advance for wayward luggage.

Read More
Duffle bag on a table next to a camera and rolls of film, with a simple map tacked to the wall behind it.

The Beauty of Dry Bags

Keep your stuff from getting soaked with these travel-savvy dry bags.

Read More
Overhead view of a Canon camera, a U.S passport, a watch with a brown leather band and a photo of a yellow tram in Lisbon, all lying on a wooden table.

The Secret Page in Your Passport

Did you know there’s an “In Case of Emergency” page in your passport? Here’s why you’ll want to fill that out right now. With a pencil.

Read More
Person scrolling treat.com on an ipad with world map underneath

COVID-19 Travel Requirements

Read More
homepage image displaying a blurred forest

Become a Member

Read More