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

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EHIC while interrupting studies? [on hold]

I'm a German citizen and a student in the UK. I'm currently interrupting my studies for half a year and I'm planning to live in Germany for that time. Do you know if EHIC will still cover me during ...
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Do I have to fill out a form when submitting a blood test for a Kurdistan residency permit? If so, what details does it request?

I'm trying to find out whether or not a blood test is required at present (see: Do I still need a blood test for a Kurdistan residency permit?), what does/did the form available from the residence ...
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Dual Canadian and British citizen - healthcare coverage in the UK?

I want to know if I am entitled to medical assistance in the UK while visiting for 3 weeks in June. I am travelling on my Canadian passport since my UK one is outdated.
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How to cope with dry hands and cracking skin when travelling in cold locations?

So I'm from a pretty warm country, Australia but now I've spent my first month in cold Tbilisi Georgia and I lack the local know-how and intuition of how to cope with some aspects of cold winters. I ...
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Using squat toilets with arthritic knees

Referring to this question got me thinking (and laughing). I've used squat toilets a few times when traveling (and younger), although I try to avoid them. I grew up in the US using "normal" western ...
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Should I avoid Shanghai because of air quality problems?

I have seen a number of reports and pictures of the current problems in Shanghai due to air quality. Is it dangerous enough that I should stay away? I am scheduled to spend three days there teaching a ...
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Travel to USA — how much medical insurance is enough?

My in-laws (66 and 69) will be visiting the US soon. Given the high cost of medical care in the US, what is the minimum amount that any insurance policy they buy should cover for medical care? I've ...
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How to choose a good travel insurance policy?

When looking for travel insurance, there is a dizzying array of companies, policies, plans, restrictions, and conditions. What should a short-term traveler look for in an insurance plan? What things ...
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Taking opiates to the US

My mother is going to the USA in autumn by plane. Unfortunately she is dependent on medicals that contain an opium derivate. In many countries it is sufficient to bring a declaration of her doctor in ...
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Cutting pain under eyebrow on plane landing

Since last couple of years I've started experiencing pretty severe cutting pains in the left eyebrow region on plane landing. The strange thing is that it doesn't happen every time. I think it's like ...
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With which countries does Canada have reciprocal health agreements?

Is there a list somewhere? Please notify me if it is the provinces that are responsible, because I know that the provincial, and not the federal, government operates healthcare for Canadians.
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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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Over the counter medicines [duplicate]

We are going to Australia for a 3 month visit in a months time. I have all the documents for my prescribed meds, but I'm confused about the over the counter meds. Can I just buy them or do I have to ...
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Obtaining insulin in Colombia as a foreign tourist

I will be travelling in Colombia soon as a foreign tourist (UK national) and will need to acquire insulin whilst there. I will be visiting major cities including Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena. I've ...
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Where can I get a cholera vaccination in Ljubljana?

I'm living in Ljubljana and I'm going in few weeks to Dominican Republic (in a region near the border with Haiti) and I need to get a cholera vaccination. In case that is not possible no get this ...
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Can I buy malaria medication in India?

In question 'Is it necessary to take malaria pills when travelling in South India?' we discussed whether it is necessary to take any medication. So if one has decided to take the pills, is it possible ...
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ACA requirements when travelling for more than 330 days [closed]

My wife and I are both U.S. citizens and plan on quitting our jobs and taking a year long trip around the world starting in September. That means we'd be without ACA health insurance for 4 month in ...
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Is the Han River in Seoul clean enough for kayaking?

I'm looking into activities to do in Seoul and I see a kayaking tour in the Han River that looks interesting. A friend has mentioned to me that the Han River is almost as bad as the East River in NYC ...
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Food Allergies in Europe

Traveling to Europe with a passenger who has a peanut allergy. I understand peanuts are not as prevalent in Europe as the US, but I was wondering if anyone has had experience dealing with this or ...
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Where can I get a typhoid vaccination in Zagreb?

I'm an American tourist in Zagreb. My country's government health organization recommends I get a typhoid vaccination before traveling to the next country I'll visit, Morocco. Where can I get a ...
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Hiking at moderate altitude right off the plane

I am traveling to Denver (5280ft/1609m) this weekend from DC (0ft/m), and we are planning on doing some hiking the day we arrive. The particular hike we are looking at is Mount Galbraith, which I ...
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To how much radiation are you exposed on a transcontinental flight?

You often hear people object to being scanned because of the "radiation" argument. I find this always quite amusing from people just being exposed to higher radiation levels during the average ...
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Is a medical form required for a short-term visit to South Africa for a conference?

I am flying to South Africa in few days. I have a valid short-term visa (20 days) . I saw this just now http://www.vfsglobal.com/southafrica/india/conferences.html and below that http://www.vfsglobal....
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Would I be allowed to get on a plane from the UK and fly to America with tea?

Today I was doing some research on food and drinks and realised that tea is not a very big thing in America and that all the "good" brands of tea are extremely overpriced or quite "un-attractive". So ...
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Required vaccinations for South Africa and how much time before?

I was looking at VFS application and there it said that you need yellow fever vaccination ONLY if you are visiting South Africa for more than 3 months. Fortunately, for me as I'm on a conference ...
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Motion sickness before actual flight, this is hampering my traveling possiblities [duplicate]

There's this strange thing that has happened to me for a few years. Every time I'm traveling via an airplane I get motion sickness even before the actual flight, as in even the day before the actual ...
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Travelling to Latin America to take hallucinogenic drugs: how does one do it safely?

Prompted by this... Thousands of international backpackers are flocking to the Peruvian Amazon rainforest to drink ayahuasca tea, a plant mixture made by shamans and taken as part of a ...
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How should I schedule my medication when traveling through multiple time zones?

Suppose that I have to take some medication three times a day; one in the morning, one at lunch and one during dinner. Now when I take a plane to go on vacation and cross multiple time zones, how ...
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Time Zone 6 hours ahead and taking medications [duplicate]

How should I schedule my Throid medication when traveling to Amsterdam, 6 hours ahead for 6 days
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Is it different reading on a phone or reading from a screen in a moving vehicle? [closed]

I always had the feeling that everybody knew, that when you're in a bus or some moving vehicle, reading from a screen (phone, etc.) made you sick, that while reading from something static (a book or a ...
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What to do when you are fat and on a long flight - 3 hrs and 9 hrs

I am between 200~230 pounds (90~104kg) at 5'6 (167cm) and am fat both at waist and hips. One of the first things I did from Is it possible to know which aircraft will fly just from booking flights? ...
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Rabies Injections - Visiting Phnom Tamao

I have recently gotten some travel injections for travelling to Cambodia. I am planning to go to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre and was wondering whether I should get rabies vaccinations? I ...
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We're all adults here - how to use a squat toilet if you have trouble squatting?

So, we have a great question and answer on how to use a squat toilet. However, the answers there basically assume you're healthy and able to use one as per the instructions. A group of us are going ...
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Where can I get a typhoid vaccination in Ljubljana?

I am from USA. I need a typhoid vaccination to go to Morocco. I am traveling in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Where can I get the injection at? I need the injection, not pills.
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What should I do to avoid ear pain when flying?

I always feel a pain in my ears when flying. Specially when descending. The last time I had extreme pain, feeling it inclusive around my eye balls. It felt like someone was touching the eye and ...
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How do I prevent painful air pressure differences in my ear when flying? [duplicate]

I've travelled by plane many times, and I often experience strong pain in my ears when landing. It is caused by the rising cabin pressure, which creates a force on the eardrum. Apparently, my inner ...
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Where can I get stitches removed while traveling in Portugal?

I needed to have a very small surgical procedure done in my home country, which resulted in a small incision in my head that had to be closed with two stitches. The stitches are supposed to be ...
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Is it safe for a pregnant lady to go to Hokkaido in 2016?

Fukushima incident causes a lot of fears among people, as to whether it's safe for tourists to go to Japan or not. While I understand that the radiation is not a problem for normal people, what about ...
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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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Medicines and precautions on short-term business trip to India

I'm going for a one week long business trip to India (Mumbai city only). I'm from Poland / Europe, if that matters. My trip is about to start within next week or two, so I was told, that taking any ...
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Emergency health care in England for a non-resident

I have dual GB/Canadian nationality, left UK for Canada 13 years ago. I get a state pension from the UK. Am I eligible for emergency health care in the UK if I am visiting?
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Request a letter verifying international health coverage and benefits from BlueShield BlueCross for Schengen Visa

Per Schengen visa requirements (article 15) any traveler must have a medical insurance with 30000 EUR coverage. The permanent resident in the US has BlueShield/Bluecross coverage with the BlueCard ...
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Travel health insurance in Europe that does not require European Health Insurance Card

I was looking for a new travel insurance policy recently for travel within Europe and what I was never aware of is that many insurance policies require you to have an European Health Insurance Card (...
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Do Medical Devices Count as Carry-On or Personal Item?

When travelling with a necessary medical device such as a CPAP machine, do airlines count it as one piece of carry on or a personal item? While one of those might fit in some carry-on, there would not ...
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Is it necessary to take malaria pills when travelling in South India?

Sources seem to differ on what precautions are required. Is there an authoritative source I can check, or is it better to drug-up anyway (or not to)?
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Measures to avoid locations with bad air quality and inversion for asthmatics?

Bergen, Norway, is an example of a city surrounded by mountains where the air quality can get very bad, terrible for asthmatics. This phenomenon is called inversion. Before the symptoms begin, the ...
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How to update your yellow International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) booklet?

My vaccination booklet - example here - has my name and passport number on the front. However, I'm now getting a new passport number. How does one go about updating these? Can I just transfer the ...
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Do I need Health Insurance to Qualify for a US Visitor's Visa?

I will be going for a US visitor's visa (non-immigrant B1/B2) interview in Bern and have all the necessary documents but just remembered I do not have international travel insurance. Is it required ...
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Health vaccinations for UK

I'm travelling from South Africa to the UK. Just asking if I need any shots? Any vaccinations? I'm travelling for 8 days. I leave in a week. Nothing was said when I applied for a visa and now i'm ...