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Health Precautions to Take when Vacationing Abroad

When traveling abroad, you need to be very responsible and take all possible precautions. For starters it is essential to know the local laws and customs in order to avoid getting in trouble. Furthermore, you should inform you family of your itinerary and get the contact information for the nearest U.S. Embassy from the country that you will be visiting. Aside from legal matters, you also need to take a lot of health precautions when traveling abroad.

Medical Insurance
Few people bother to check their health plans when traveling abroad. This is a major mistake that can cause a lot of inconveniences as the average health plans cover little to no foreign medical expenses. Furthermore, there are certain people who go to other countries for medical procedures. These people need special coverage which should include medical negligence coverage. Believe it or not, the USA is rather fair with medical negligence cases, compared to other countries.

Certain countries require foreign tourists to have an International Certificate of Vaccination or a similar certificate. Each country can have specific health issues which is why various countries can have different mandatory vaccines. In order to know what certificate you need, you must check the specific health requirements of the country that you are about to visit. If you can’t find this information online, you can contact the embassy of the country that you are about to visit.

Prescription medication
If you are taking any medication, you should first make sure to pack enough for the whole trip. Keep the medication in the original containers and pack them in your carry bag. This way, you won’t experience any health inconveniences if your luggage is lost or delayed. However, you should also make sure to ask your physician for the universal name of your medication in order to also be able to purchase it abroad, should something happen to the medication that you already packed. Last but not least, make sure that your medication is legal in the country that you are about to visit.

These are the main health precautions that you need to take when traveling abroad. An extra precaution would be to get the contact information of the nearest hospital or doctor (if you are traveling to a less populated area). Unfortunately, neither Medicare no Social Security offer coverage for medical problems that appear outside the USA territory. Although it is unpleasant to plan for the worse, all responsible adults should protect themselves for the worse case scenarios when traveling abroad.


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