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US Vaccination Requirement for Layover

According to the US government website, all non citizens must be fully vaccinated in other to enter the US by plane or land border. However, I have also read that airports are considered more like '...
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Is Sri Lanka still a viable destination for a relaxing holiday given these crieria?

I visited Sri Lanka in 2012 and it was the perfect destination for a relaxing holiday. I found it safe, friendly and relaxing. Given the political turmoil there this year, I wonder if the country is ...
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Insurer that covers medevac repatriation from Cape Verde

I am soon traveling to Cape Verde where I am planning to do some hiking. My country origin (Spain) gives travel advice, which states that an insurance supporting air medevac back home is recommended. ...
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Is it customary to tip medical doctors in Taiwan with expensive bottles of liquor?

I am travelling to Taiwan to visit a relative-in-law who will be undergoing a pretty big surgery procedure. I'm not familiar at all with Taiwanese customs at all, but the relative in question asked ...
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Can I leave Hong Kong after 3 days?

Recently Hong Kong government has relaxed the quarantine measures for inbound passangers. Now the arrangement is 3+4, that is 3 days medical surveillance (amber health code and restricted movement) ...
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Can I bring non-prescribed medication to South Korea?

When travelling, I like to bring a few non-prescribed medications with me just in case I ever need them, such as aspirin/paracetamol/ibuprofen, diarrhoea/sickness tablets, and sleeping tablets. I will ...
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Given a location in the US, how can I see the average air quality during a given month/week/day based on historical data?

Knowing the information will help me decide where/when to go, and whether I should bring some air-related equipment (mask, air purifier, etc.). What I have unsuccessfully tried so far: Wikipedia ...
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Emergency care options in Thailand

My girlfriend and I are planning to visit Thailand during September-October. We are going to be visiting central urban areas as well as more remote places. Most areas would be touristic destinations ...
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Yellow fever vaccine for 7 day stay in Addis Ababa

From the 16th September on I plan to stay in Addis Ababa for a week. Now I have discovered that there are recommendations to get a Yellow Fewer vaccination for a stay in Ethiopia Link. Due to the ...
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Filling Pseudoephedrine script in Egypt

I’ve been given a doctors script (in Egypt by an Egyptian doctor) for Clarinase (a pill that includes Pseudoephedrine / Loratadine), but the pharmacist has said this is not available in Egypt at all. ...
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What are the consequences of a foreigner acquiring medical debt in the US?

Suppose someone travelling in the US is involved in an accident, gets treated in an emergency room, and then recovers. They are presented with a bill of thousands of dollars, which they are unable to (...
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What will my typical radiation exposure be for one week in Bad Gastein?

The town of Bad Gastein in Austria is known for its radon therapy spas in which one can undergo radon inhalation therapy and other medically dubious treatments which involve exposure to radiation. The ...
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Are there some regulations limiting how loud in-flight announcements can be?

I am sometimes surprised at how loud some in-flight announcements are in some flights. Are there some regulations on how loud in-flight announcements can be?
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High cabin pressure flights?

I've got dysfunction in my ears; this drastically slows the regulation of pressure behind my eardrums. The result of this is that the pressure changes while flying put excessive pressure on my ...
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Is it illegal to be under the influence of prescription drugs on a flight?

I'l be travelling in a months time and my doctor has prescribed me Valium (diazepam), for anxiety as well as Ambien (zolpidem) for sleep. He said that combining them with alcohol isn't advisable but ...
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How can I assess the water pollution in the rivers in the US?

I'll explore a few locations in the US over the summer and consider swimming in some rivers. How can I assess the water pollution in rivers in the US, preferably before going to the location of ...
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What counts as a mental disorder for ESTA?

There is a question in the ESTA : Do you have a physical or mental disorder; or are you a drug abuser or addict; or do you currently have any of the following diseases (communicable diseases are ...
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Can I get health insurance for traveler in Japan with type 1 diabetes

So, I am from India and I have type 1 diabetes with no complications. I am looking for health insurances for myself during my stay in Japan which will be for 90 days at most. Can someone suggest ...
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Is calf compression as useful as foot compression on a plane?

I have both compression socks that go to my ankles and compression sleeves. I purchased the sleeves to treat shin splints. I have heard compression is useful on planes to help with blood flow. Is ...
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Which vaccinations do I need to travel South America extensively?

other than covid19 Last time I was there I had some weird/unusual acne(or rash? idk) on me even though I was in urban areas
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Traveling from the U.S. to Turkey with prescription medications (Adderall, Ritalin)

I am a U.S. citizen. I need to travel from the U.S. to Turkey with my wife and daughter and stay there for 2 weeks (we meet with our relatives from other countries there). I need to take prescription ...
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How to prevent damp items from getting gross in luggage

I occasionally travel for the weekend to a location 3 hours away by car. I have some toiletry items that I've often had to pack lightly damp, and despite me trying to take them out right when I arrive ...
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Can I travel with Zopiclone to the US? [duplicate]

I have been prescribed Zopiclone 3.75mg by my Scottish GP for occasional insomnia. I will be traveling to the US in about a month, and I'm planning on bringing a limited supply (7 tablets) in case I ...
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Travelling - Spain from France on 11 Feb

I will be traveling from Paris to Barcelona on Flixbus. I have an EU digital certificate and have completed two doses of vaccination. Do I need to undergo an antigen or RT PCR test?
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What will happen if a mother with a small child travels in an airplane/airport and the mother will be hospitalized/unable to take care of the child?

I’m not sure who would take care of the child (1 year old) if a responsible parent will be unable to take care of the child due to health issues? Let’s say the parent will stay for 2 days in the ...
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Carrying medicine from US to India for someone who asked for a help in Facebook [duplicate]

Someone wants to send medicine for his mother who is suffering with an autoimmune disease. He pinged me on Facebook and said he will provide a prescription and order medicine from Amazon to my home. ...
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How Do I Handle Getting Injured Or Ill While Moving Out Of State (in USA) [closed]

I am planning to move out of state. I am in USA. Looking at some places and sending in my resume. I try to take best care of my health (my Primary Care Physician says I am healthier than her!), i.e ...
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Can I travel with codeine cough syrup past airport security?

I have a chronic bad cough (not COVID-19 though) and I take an over-the-counter codeine based medication. My issue isn't with whether it's allowed as I'm planning on drinking it before I travel to the ...
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Can I go to Switzerland while the Covid Certificate App is processing?

I'm traveling to Switzerland in a few days. My hotel says they check for covid vaccinations using the Swiss covid app. I have a vaccination from the US, but it takes up to five days for it to process ...
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What happens if you are admitted to / go to a hospital in the UK as a foreigner and you don't have health insurance?

We are planning a trip for my family to visit us in the UK (England specifically). They will come on a standard visitor visa. One of my family members has a heart condition which means they have an ...
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What exactly are entry restrictions by mode of travel for citizens entering the United States?

The guidelines on some State department web pages are not clear to me regarding entry into the United States and seem to suggest that a citizen could be refused entry into the United States if they do ...
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Can you drink tap water in Spain?

I'm used to drink water from our tap, but now we are going to Sevilla and Malaga in Spain. Is it recommended to drink the tap water in the south of Spain? Or does it need to be filtered first?
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Travelling to Switzerland with covid-19 restrictions

To travel in Switzerland by train, today it is mandatory to exhibit a molecular covid-19 test not older than 24h. Given that the time I get the test outcome, is usually longer than 24h, how can I get ...
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For countries requiring vaccination (especially USA) is there any allowance for an antibodies test, demonstrating natural immunity?

Just as the question says: if someone has had covid, and has had a test demonstrating a high number of antibodies (for example, this test) and therefore immunity, is there any way to use this in lieu ...
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Can a US physician prescribe medications to non-US residents?

Suppose I travel to the US and stay there for a prolonged period of time. Can I meet with a registered physician and have him/her prescribe me meds? Notes: I'm a EU resident. I have neither a US ...
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Avoiding important carry-on luggage being taken away

Since I'm traveling with essential medicines and medical equipment it is key for me that my carry-on luggage is allowed to be carried into the aircraft cabin, so that it's available to me at all times,...
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Are children allowed in public saunas in Switzerland?

I've recently been investigating family-friendly hot spring/spa/sauna options in Switzerland. Somewhat to my surprise, while most of them permit children into the pool area, all I've found so far -- ...
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Getting antiseptic and antibiotic in Japan

My wife's toe is inflamed and it hurts, so we need to get an antiseptic and an antibiotic. But it seems that antiseptic/antibiotic sell is controlled in Japan, so it is not easy to buy from any ...
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Taking birth-control pills to South Korea

I'll be going to South Korea for at least 6 months, and I take birth control pills. In my country, I've never needed any prescription to buy them, although I can easily get a prescription if needed. ...
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How to learn an airplane cabin's pressure level before a flight, to avoid altitude sickness?

Commercial jets are typically pressurized to the equivalent of 6,000 to 8,000 feet of elevation. But according to a study,[1] passengers begin feeling uncomfortable at about the 7,000 feet mark, right ...
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Given the name of a US pharmaceutical drug, how can I know its equivalent in other countries?

To prepare for international travel, given the name of a US pharmaceutical drug, I sometimes need to know the name of its equivalent in other countries. How can I do so? E.g., is there any convenient ...
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Official COVID vaccination documentation from the USA

I'll be traveling to Ukraine next week. One of the requirements for traveling to Ukraine are negative result of PCR test for COVID-19 (validity 72 hours); or a document confirming the receipt of a ...
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Can I travel from Spain to England currently with only one vaccine dose, but a prior recovery from Covid-19?

Can a 26 year old Spanish citizen and resident currently travel to England from Spain by air, without quarantine, if they have previously recovered from a Covid-19 infection and have had a single dose ...
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Is boiling tap water sufficient?

In cases where tap water is not drinkable by default, does simply boiling it make it drinkable? And provided the water does look clear. (For example I'm in an apartment in Pridnestrovi where the tap ...
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EU Vaccination Certificate and entering Canada

I am a Canadian citizen planning to enter Canada from Europe and was vaccinated in Europe. If I upload my EU Vaccination Certificate to the ArriveCan app, will that serve as enough proof at the border?...
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Does an EU citizen need to get health insurance before flying to London (2021 update)

I found an identical question asked 3 years ago here: Does an EU citizen need to get health insurance before flying to London? I'm looking for an updated answer valid after Brexit. In particular my ...
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If someone becomes unconscious due to a cocktail of prescription medication, would they be held liable for holding up the flight? [closed]

I have a friend who has travelled to the U.S, Canada, UK, and Australia a few times. He is prescribed the painkiller oxycodone (Oxycontin) by his GP and an anti-anxiety medication, diazepam (Valium) ...
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Pain management emergency in Mexico

A friend of mine (American) is in Mexico (Playa del Carmen, near Cancun). She’s in extreme abdominal pain due to several chronic conditions (11/10 pain). She is near incapacitated at the moment ...
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Could I go to another country to get vaccinated for COVID-19 in time for an event?

I've got an event in the US that I'm going to, the only problem is that I would need to be vaccinated for COVID-19. This raises a problem as I live in the UK and I'm under 18, so the vaccine isn't ...
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Why do countries check if arriving persons are vaccinated and not if they have antibodies?

I have been following the COVID-related travel restrictions and there is something that I do not understand: in some countries travellers can skip quarantine if they are vaccinated. However, why ...

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