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

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Use of NHS when travelling in Britain with dual citizenship

I have dual citizenship Canadian and British. I receive a British old age pension. Can I use the NHS free when spending 2 weeks holiday in UK and Spain?
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Over the counter pain killers in SE Asia?

We're headed to Malaysia & Singapore in a month or so. I've got arthritic knees and I know we're going to be doing a lot of walking. My knees will put up with a fair amount of this, but it can ...
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Long Term Travel - what insurances can / should I get?

I'm a freelancer in the field of software development and I'm planning to travel to different places, but also continue working. I'd expect to stay at a certain place (country) for 1-3 months. Pretty ...
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Gluten-free eating in Peru

For travellers going to Peru, I imagine from what I've seen there that being gluten-intolerant (or even vegetarian) may be quite difficult. Are there any local foods and meals readily available ...
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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 I am travelling on my Canadian passport since my UK one is outdated. Thank you.
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What precautions should I take on a trip to Japan with a person who is allergic to shrimp?

Me and my wife are planning to travel to Japan next September 2014. Unfortunately my wife has a big problem with shrimp: she is extremely allergic to it (even the food fried with the same oil that ...
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Do my total years of British residency qualify me for UK health coverage during visits to UK? [closed]

1940,born in UK, lived there until 1967. 1940 - 1967 +27 years 1967,emigrated to Canada until 1972. 1967 - 1972 -5 years 1972,returned to UK until 1979. ...
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Is it safe to drink tap water in Morocco?

Over the next week I'm travelling around in Morocco and I wonder whether buying bottled water is essential or tap water is safe enough to drink. According to the Wikitravel entry: As a rule, do ...
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Malaria pills needed for jungle trip in Chiang Mai?

I'm from Belgium and I'll be visiting China (Beijing & Zhangjiajie) and Thailand (Chiang Mai, Bangkok & Ko Samui) in July. I've googled something on a website my doctor gave me a year ago ...
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Does my international travel insurance still need creditable coverage after obamacare

I am currently a US citizen traveling without insurance for 3 months. I am no longer employed but plan to be again soon after I return. I understand that, in the past, I needed "creditable coverage" ...
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Do I need a rabies vaccination for Central America?

Going travelling across the whole of Central America for two months... Is it worth spending the money (around £150 - £200 in London) and the time (three appointments) getting a rabies vaccination ...
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How to avoid claustrophobia on a plane?

I am severely claustrophobic and tomorrow I have a middle seat on a plane. I need some tips on how to handle it?
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Can visiting saunas make me more prepared for heat in desert and tropics?

I am curious if it is possible to prepare my body for the heat during the African summer by visiting saunas. Would visiting humid or dry saunas on a regular basis "harden" my body for humid heat in ...
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Rabies vaccine booster dose in Indonesia?

Is it possible to get a (clean/safe) booster dose injection for a Rabies vaccine in Indonesia, preferably Yogyakarta or somewhere else in Java? And if so, where? Other locations in Indonesia are also ...
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travel to United States of America with codeine [duplicate]

Can I take over the counter medicine that contain codeine into United States of America
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What makes vaccinations “recommended”? (for Philippines)

Based on the US CDC Website, sounds like they require a few vaccinations and recommend several other vaccinations (listed below). What makes vaccinations "recommended"? What recommendations would ...
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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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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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What is the cheapest way for 2 Australians to travel from New Orleans (or Miami) to Cuba? [closed]

We are two Australians visiting our daughter in new Orleans. We would like to visit Cuba for a holiday. What is the cheapest way for us to get there, and is there a time limit for how long we could ...
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Air travel with a stoma (ileostomy or colostomy)

A stoma is a surgically inserted hole in your stomach through which urine and faeces can exit your body. It's part of the operation where your bladder or colon gets removed. There are approximately ...
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Supplying your own needle for Blood test for a Kurdistan residency permit

For the blood test (if still required) (see Current blood test requirement for Kurdistan residency permit) can one supply one’s own needle? Details of what is involved, in medical terms, would also ...
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Taking everyday medicine to Australia - do I need documentation for these?

I was planning a trip to Australia next month and was wondering: do I need to do anything/carry permits or prescription for everyday medicine like tylenol (acetaminophen), tums and Imodium? The ...
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What type of mosquito repellent is most effective?

There are many different kinds of insect repellents and bug sprays on the market: sprays and lotions, chemical and natural, huge percentages of DEET and lower percentages, etc. What type of mosquito ...
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Avoid getting sick in India [duplicate]

I heard the horror stories about travelling in India, getting diarrhoea and sometimes even ending up with permanent health problems. How bad is it really? Can it be easily avoided with a bit of ...
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How can I estimate how much sunscreen I need to pack?

I am planning a 5 week trip to an area of the world that is very sunny does not have the same stores, nor the same selection in stores, as we have where I live I use sunscreen that is 85 SPF, 110 ...
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Best way to make my ears pop?

What is the best way to make my ears pop when landing on a plane? The hold-your-nose-and-pitch method is very painful; are there any other methods to pop ears?
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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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Travelling to Georgia, should I get a rabies vaccination?

I'm travelling to Georgia (Asia) with my family. Should I get a rabies vaccination? They are recommended on the US Department of State site but they are very expensive ($1,000 per person!) so I was ...
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Is there any specific destination in Southeast Asia famed for dentistry?

I've heard in the past that certain countries or cities are popular "medical tourism" destinations, but not paid a whole lot of attention. But this morning just three days before my next overlanding ...
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Healthcare and dual citizenship [closed]

Can I get healthcare in both countries? Can I return to the states to see my old doctor or am I covered only in the UK?
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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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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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Dual citizen US/Ireland need healthcare in EU

I'm the victim of a bad foot surgery here in the US. Because the patient comes about 5th in our system, I can't get the corrective surgeries I need. I reside in US but have dual citizenship with ...
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Public strikes in Kerala, India

I'm planning to visit south India in May and my itinerary includes Karnataka, Kerala and Goa. I've heard, Kerala could have random strikes for a variety of reasons. My question is whether the strikes ...
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Will the Japan Indonesia friendship Festival 2014 be held despite dengue outbreak?

This event is planned to happen on Sunday at Yoyogi Park Event Area: http://japan-attractions.jp/food/the-6th-japan-indonesia-citizen-friendship-festival-2014/ But I have heard that part of Yoyogi ...
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Form for blood test in connection with Kurdistan residency requirement

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 office look like and what ...
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Places in India where no vehicles are allowed

I recently went to Matheran ... a great hill station a few kilometers in the outskirts of Mumbai where no vehicles are allowed , just travelling on foot or by horses or people pulling by hand . I ...
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Is it recommended to get vaccinations before visiting India?

I'll be travelling to India soon. I'm not sure if I'll have to time to get vaccinated since it usually takes 2 weeks to kick in. Lonely Planet suggests a bunch of vaccinations. Have any of you guys ...
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Ear protection on long flights?

I have a pair of noise cancelling headphones which I love very much. Putting them on during a long haul flight and keeping them on most of the time leaves me significantly less tense and more relaxed ...
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Is it important to wear a necklace with medical history for people with medical conditions while traveling?

Is it advised for people with chronic medical condition (diabetes, asthma, allergies, etc.) to wear necklaces with medical history when travelling? Is it a worldwide thing to check people's necklaces ...
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Medical coverage travelling to place of birth

Born in Ireland moved to Canada, now holds dual citizenship. Am I medically covered when travelling back home to Ireland to visit family?
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International travel with ORIF, a surgical procedure which puts metal plates to join bones in limbs [duplicate]

I recently had a road accident and broke my left forearm bones badly. This was fixed via a surgery called ORIF. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internal_fixation). This required joining my bones using ...
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Cosmetic/Dental Surgery in Thailand - Resources? [closed]

I'm traveling to Thailand soon and wanted to get some mild dental & cosmetic surgery done. Actually it's not very cosmetic, but some necessary dental work + scar treatment. It should be much ...
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Outstanding medical bills - will this prevent entry into the US? [duplicate]

I had my baby in America last year, and I paid part of the bills before leaving. But I lost my husband shortly after I returned home so I couldn't continue with the payment plan since I left so they ...
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Vaccination for Nepal

I'm intending to go to Nepal (specifically Kathmandu and Pokhara) for 19 days trip, starting on 4th of April. After some research I've found that it's common to take vaccinations for Hepatitus A and ...
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Insurance for travel to the USA while pregnant

I'm five weeks pregnant and accompanying my husband to the USA for two months. Can I get medical insurance? If so, what companies, premiums and coverage?
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Non-prescription medicines in India and USA

It would be very helpful if I could carry motion sickness pills, fever and cold antibiotic pills with me. I do not have fever or cold at the moment, but will very likely catch one due to sudden ...
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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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How to find out your body weight while travelling?

While on the road you don't have your handy scales at home, and without making an appointment to see a doctor, where else could you find some scales to determine your on-the-road weight? This is ...
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What do hotels (in the US) do to control and erradicate bed bugs? How good are they?

Related to this question. I've moved into a telecommuting position that requires me to travel to the worksite once or twice a month and stay in a hotel. One of the things I'm paranoid about is staying ...