Preventing illness and injury while travelling and how to deal with them if they do occur.

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What are the risks of drinking tap water in Vietnam?

Which rules should be obeyed when drinking tap water in Vietnam to avoid infectious diseases? Is it safe to drink tap water in big cities like Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh? In case it is not recommended - ...
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Flying via Dubai with antidepressants, what do I need?

I am flying from US through Dubai and then flying back via dubai and staying over in Dubai for a week-end for fun. I take prescription anti depressants (Buproprion) and also anti-anxiety meds for ...
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Does pollution in China suggest no bicycling?

I've read that pollution in Beijing often makes exercise unwise. Do the masks actually make any difference? I'm more interested in bicycling in other places, especially Foshan & Guangzhou.
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Morning-after pill availability in Poland

I am going to visit Poland for some time, and I was wondering if there is ANY kind of morning-after pill available without medical prescription in Poland? I am in Germany right now and they made it ...
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Insurance claim for cancelled trip due to sickness

I came down with food poisoning a few days ago and was unable to begin my trip (multiple days driving + trains, boats). I had to cancel the trip literally on the morning I was supposed to leave and ...
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Timing of yellow fever vaccination

China requires a yellow fever vaccination if you have been in a yellow fever country. I am assured by the people I will be working with that there is no yellow fever in their area. But apparently ...
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What happens if you need to be sent to a hospital in a country you don't have a visa for, e.g. on a cruise ship?

So I presume there's a requirement that you have a visa for each country you visit on a cruise ship, although I've never done one. However, if you're passing a country that you're not actually ...
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Why did the crew spray the cabin before take off?

In some of my flights, I see the crew spray the cabin with some sort of insecticide after making an announcement which says that it's not harmful. Why do they spray that in some flights and not the ...
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Bipolar sufferer travelling alone

Bipolar, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (G.A.D.) and travelling alone. Hello, I wonder if anyone can give me some help and advice please. I'm travelling alone to Australia next year, which is mind-...
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Which vaccines are important take when traveling to the United States?

Which vaccines are important take when traveling to the United States? Does each state have different vaccines?
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Can I bring xanax (or valium) on a plane?

Is it allowed in Union Europe to bring with you (i.e. in hand luggage) xanax (or valium or any similar anxiety medication)? for personal usage, most likely one box.
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Free yellow fever vaccination in Bogota airport?

I've heard that you can get free yellow fever vaccination in Bogota airport, I'm wondering if I can still do this in Feb. next year?
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Does my brother need a medical certificate to pass airport security? He has a piece of metal in his thigh [duplicate]

It's a bomb fragment and he does not have medical records to prove it, this is his first time flying from Turkey to the UK
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Will mosquitoes bite through a mosquito net if skin is pressed against it?

Usually it's hard to put up travel mosquito nets so they give you enough space to turn in bed. I wonder if mosquitoes will bite through a mosquito net if skin is pressed against it, like when a foot ...
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Vaccines for Thailand: Should I still try to get them?

I'm afraid I dropped the ball completely when it comes to getting vaccinations for my trip. I am leaving to Thailand in one week for an eight-day stay and completely forgot to get my necessary ...
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Are UK pensioners living in Canada covered for medical issues in EEU countries? [closed]

Is a dual national UK/Canada resident in Canada covered in EEU countries if they are receiving a UK pension?
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Avoid fireworks/firecrackers in Taiwan

I have ligyrophobia (the fear of loud sounds). It is possible for me to tolerate things like balloons and thunders, but fireworks/firecrackers will send me into a panic attack. I will be travelling ...
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Should I bring a surgical mask while travelling to South Korea during November?

I will be in South Korea one week in November. Do I need to worry about any sort of life threatening infections (e.g., bird flu), while visiting there? Also do I need to bring surgical mask, while ...
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Traveling to France with prescripton medications

I take several medications for my fibromylgia and arthritis all are prescription drugs. Will I need any documentation from my doctor? A couple of these are classed narcotics.
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Is it normal for a Hotel to kick out a sick child? [closed]

We were staying at a Hotel in Turkey and on day 5 our child became ill with HFMD ( hand, foot and mouth disease) the hotel Dr sent us to the hospital, on the same day 3 families with very young ...
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Swimming in the Dead Sea

From what I gathered by reading on google about Dead Sea swimming, the popular statement of 'You can never drown in in the Dead Sea' isn't technically true. Its dangerous trying to 'swim' normally and ...
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Is this document likely partly sufficient to obtain a USA medical visa?

I'm thinking of applying to the USA embassy in London for a medical visa. One of the requirements is of course for details from my doctor in my country, U.K. Although from 2012, I'm looking for ...
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Elder person with hypertension flying first time. Anything we should know beforehand?

My grandmother, who is in her 70s, would like to visit me. It is a 2.5 hour flight. The problem is that the last time she flew was in her teens. Now she also has hypertension. There will be some ...
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What counts as “in original packaging” when traveling with prescription drugs?

The usual advice when traveling with prescription medicine is to bring it in the original packaging. I'm wondering exactly how strictly that is enforced. The medicine I take come in big cardboard ...
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Taking personal prescription drugs to London?

I have some prescription modafinil, and will be visiting London for a short trip. Is it okay to bring a couple of pills for personal use? I do not have a prescription on me atm (I am coming from India)...
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Giving First Aid in the USA

I am a qualified first-aider in the UK and as such would automatically stop to give aid to any accidents and emergencies I saw. I was watching a US show on the TV the other night where someone was ...
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How to make an international emergency call?

I don't want to know the emergency number in case I'm IN a different country. What I want to know is, if I am, say, in France, and I know someone in Sweden needs emergent services, how can I call, ...
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Malaria on Zanzibar

I will be traveling to Zanzibar in September for 10 days. I already have the Yellow Fever vaccination. Is it necessary to take a malaria prophylaxis or at least a stand-by vaccination? Someone told ...
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Outstanding Medical Bill In U.S [duplicate]

wife went to U.S to give birth in Texas. All hospital bills paid except 2 that came late from the pathologists (total around 700$). We've tried reaching the billers from our country via telephone but ...
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Nauseous Anxiety Travel

I get severe panic attacks when I am in airports. Its only been this way for the past 3 years. I get very nauseous and I am constantly running back and forth to the bathroom. I don't know what to do......
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Getting a prescription inhaler as a US citizen in the UK

I'm staying in the UK (London) until the 7th of August. I have some sort of Asthma that only presents itself when I try to exercise with hay fever. I've left my inhaler stateside and I'm wondering how ...
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Obtaining insulin in California as a foreign tourist

I plan to travel to California and stay more than one month. I'm an insulin-dependant Diabetic. I am able to bring enough insulin with me to last the entire duration of my visit, but the issue is I'd ...
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Orthopedic medical tourism in Cuba?

I am suffering a muscle pain and I also have a profound hatred for the U.S. healthcare, including making phone calls to see if some provider is "in network" and all that goes with it. Since I do not ...
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Should I use an online broker to buy travel medical insurance or Should I buy from the insurance company website?

I will be travelling to United States to join a graduate program. I need to buy travel medical insurance for three weeks as I will be an early arrival student. I am thinking of buying Atlas Travel ...
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Expensive travel insurance due to my medical history [closed]

3 years ago I had a malignant melanoma removed and have had no recurrence since. However when I try to obtain travel insurance I am either refused point blank or I have to pay way over the odds. It ...
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Travelling with medicines

A friend of mine said that if I take a flight, I will need a statement written by a doctor that my migraine medicines (Pronaxen) are legal. Is that true? I have had flight around the Europe, like ...
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Do travelers entering South Africa from Zambia need a Yellow Fever Certificate?

Zambia was known to have a risk of yellow fever but I understand that currently it has been declared yellow fever free. What I would like to know is if South Africa needs the Yellow Fever Certificate ...
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Hearing protection on the road in China

I know it's not safe to have hearing completely blocked with earplugs while bicycling or driving. But there are a lot of vehicles on the road in China with extremely loud horns. I just had a truck ...
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Will I be covered under the UK Health system?

I am an Australian resident but a British Citizen. I currently hold a British passport and receive a small British pension but do not pay any British taxes. I have cancer and I am coming to the UK to ...
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Flying on Easyjet with a recently broken arm - what paperwork (if any) is needed?

Someone I know managed to break their arm on Monday, and is off on holiday next week. Other than concerns about having one arm pasty-white while the other tans, and how to enjoy a beach holiday with ...
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Retreat center for meditation near Frankfurt

I am looking for retreat centers for meditation in Germany and it should be a place that can be reached by train from Frankfurt. I would just like to go there for a few days without any special ...
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Strep in Siem Reap, Cambodia

I have strep throat in Siem Reap, Cambodia. I've had a pretty bad fever when not taking Ibuprofen, and i have the painful swollen throat with white bacterial mats. I also have had other problems ...
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Travel Insurance for my parents visiting the U.S [closed]

My parents are visiting the U.S. and are planning on staying for a few months. I was wondering what are some of the (reputable /trustworthy) health insurance companies in the U.S. that can provide ...
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Long term travel and first aid knowledge [closed]

I started a year-ish long term travel adventure and I have been very quickly reminded how edgy situations can get when in a under developed country: I had one minor scooter accident, saw one major ...
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Does staying in a windowless room have any effect on altitude sickness?

I'm planning to stay in a windowless room in La Paz, Bolivia for around 5 days. It's significantly cheaper than the comparable room with windows, and to be honest, the lack of windows for a short ...
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Is the water potable in Swiss mountain huts?

Swiss mountain huts often have running water (for toilets and handwashing), but usually signage that state the water is not potable for drinking. Is this sign for one's own benefit (and health), just ...
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Bringing shoes back into Australia after visiting rural India

I'm going to be staying in a village in rural India. I've heard that quarantine is sometimes concerned about dirt possibly bringing things into the country. How likely is this to be an issue?
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Sweets as gifts in lands untouched by modern dentistry

Lonely Planet's guide to Mongolia mentions, in a section about visiting the Tsaatan (Цаатан) people and "Do"s and "Don't"s for tourists, not to give them sweets as gifts, as there's no dentist there. ...
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How to buy cheap/disposable/nonprescription/generic reading glasses in China?

Even though they're in a tough case, my reading glasses were broken when I pulled them out to fill in a hotel registration form a couple of nights ago here in China. My previous pair was nicked by a ...
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Tips on preventing illness whilst in India [duplicate]

I am going on holiday to India for 6 days and was wondering if anyone knew of any form of preventative medication which I would be able to acquire in order to try and stop some myself getting some of ...