Smart and Safe International Travel

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Online Resources To Know About

Medicare Coverage Outside the United States
Read up on the limitations of your Medicare before you go abroad. This publication from is only available online. It is an eight page fact sheet for travelers that explains coverage under Original Medicare.

U.S. Department of State - International Travel Information

Traveler's Checklist for older Americans.
Go to this page from the Department of State for a quick update on travel alerts and warnings. You can search for information on your destination by by country or area.

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U.S. Embassy
The U.S. Embassy website provides you with a list of websites of U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions. Click a region on the map to find the list for the area that you are traveling to.

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
Go to this website from the Department of State to learn more about this free service that allows U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Benefits of enrolling:

  1. Automatically receive the most current information about the country where you will be traveling or living.
  2. Receive updates, including Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts (where appropriate). You only need to sign up once, and then you can add and delete trips from your account based on your current travel plans.
  3. Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.
  4. Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.


U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP)
The "Know Before You Go" page from the USCBP gives up-to-date information on traveling with medications, pets, things to declare, what documents are needed when you leave the U.S., and more.


  • For traveler information on security screenings, transporting special items, and acceptable ID’s visit the TSA's Traveler Information page.
  • TSA has a web page about their help line to assist travelers with disabilities and medical conditions.

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World Health Organization: International Travel and Health
Here you can download a health guide from the World Health Organization's webpage for international travel and health.

International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM)
ISTM provides an online clinic directory search to help you find a clinic or doctor that provides pre-travel vaccinations, post-travel medical consultations and more.

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene  (ASTMH)
ASTMH provides a directory of physicians who offer a clinical consultative service in Tropical Medicine, Medical Parasitology and Travelers' Health.

MedlinePlus, from the U.S. Library of Medicine, has a Traveler’s Health Page. Here you can sign-up for travel health updates by email, find links to recommended sites, and explore travel related health topics.

CDC Travelers Health
On this CDC website go to the section “For Travelers”, select the country that you will be traveling to and then, if you like, select the classification of traveler that matches your situation. You can also select the link on the left-side navigation menu “For Travelers” to view the Traveler Information Center page and the link “Travel Notices” for current health issues related to specific destinations. (See the screenshot below.)

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