Getting Health Care Abroad

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Travelers may get sick or injured without warning while traveling, and you should plan in advance how to get care when you’re overseas. This applies to all travelers but is especially important for senior citizens, pregnant women, people with pre-existing conditions, and long-term travelers.

Prepare in Advance

  • Not all medical insurance plans cover international travel. Consider whether you might need travel health or evacuation insurance.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program on the US State Department’s website to receive emergency updates. Know which US Embassy to contact in case something goes wrong on your trip.
  • Bring any medicines you may need from the United States and pack some a few days’ worth of extra medicine, just in case.
  • Carry a card that identifies, in the local language, your blood type, any chronic illnesses you have, any medicines you are taking, and any allergies you have.
  • Wear a MedicAlert bracelet if you have serious medical conditions.

Already abroad and need to see a doctor?

The following list of resources can help international travelers identify health care providers and facilities around the world. CDC does not endorse any particular provider or medical insurance company, and accreditation does not ensure a good outcome.

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