Questions tagged [health]

Preventing illness and injury while travelling and how to deal with them if they do occur. Where appropriate use a more specific tag (examples under `tag info`).

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Can I enter Serbia if I am travelling with a wound?

I am an Indian citizen, planning to go to Belgrade via Dubai at the end of September. Recently, I got a cut on the top of my foot, no surgery but the wound is open. I heard stories that I would not ...
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What to do when I become violently ill on planes?

I became violently ill on the past 3 flights I was on and I'm wondering what I'm supposed to do when I get sick on a plane. I have issues with my throat, esophagus and stomach, it's an everyday ...
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Mentioning previous medical treatment in the UK for a UK standard visit visa application

My girlfriend is applying for a UK standard visitor visa online and wanted to know if she has to state she had private medical treatment (an unexpected accident) when she visited last time in the UK, ...
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I bought a flight ticket, but now I have a health issue which specifically forbids me to take flights. Can I get a full refund?

I bought a plane ticket from Turkish Airlines, 2 months before the flight. Then I went to the doctor, and the doctor said I have a health problem, which specifically forbids me to take flights for one ...
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International Certificate of Vaccination

Where can I exchange my local (Swiss) certificate of vaccination with an international one? Is it possible?
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What does “in good health” mean with respect to Canadian entry?

According to the Canadian government's basic guidance on visitor visas, the "Basic travel requirements" for traveling to Canada are (my emphasis): have a valid travel document, like a passport ...
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How to get medical insurance for a Singapore layover?

I am travelling to Australia from Europe, with a layover in Singapore on both legs of my travel. On my outbound trip, I have a 15-hour layover and I will surely visit the city; on the return, I have ...
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Family visit and sickness

My niece visited in March this year from the UK, we are American Citizens, we paid for the initial cat scan to determine her diagnosis, she was admitted to hospital and later released to fly back on ...
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Can a foreign eyeglass prescription be used to buy glasses or contacts in the US?

Is it possible to get an eye exam done in a foreign country and come back to the US with prescriptions for glasses and contacts and have that filled by ideally one of the online retailers?
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Ladakh medical facilities

I'm planning to visit Ladakh in July with an 11-year-old kid. I am flying to Leh from Delhi. Has anyone here travelled with a kid this route before? Were there any issues due to altitude sickness? I ...
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What can I do if I lose my Yellow Card?

Also known as International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis, The Carte Jaune or Yellow Card is an international certificate of vaccination (ICV). It is issued by the World Health ...
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Cancer Survivor Family Friend Visiting UK

I have a question on what medical documents should a family friend bring to UK, if they happen to be Cancer Survivors? An year ago he was diagnosed with cancer and he has undergone treatment. The ...
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Where in Beijing can I get a Yellow Fever vaccine and certificate?

An ICVP can be required for international travel. Where can a non-Chinese national get a vaccine and certificate in Beijing?
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Traveling to Ecuador with a layover in Panama. Do I need Yellow Fever vaccine?

I will be traveling to Quito, Ecuador in a few weeks. I'm flying on Copa Airlines from the United States with a 3 hour layover in Panama (PTY). I will also fly back from Quito to the United States via ...
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Can I take an asthma inhaler to the US without a prescription?

I'm going to New York, Newark airport, then to Houston airport. I have an inhaler (Ivax Salamol CFC-free inhaler, and a Ventolin Evohaler) but I fly out in less than 12 hours. I don't have a ...
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Travelling with Prescription Medications Through both France AND Spain over a Year's time

I am going to be abroad studying in France and Spain over the course of a year, and am on long term medications that are extremely important for me to keep taking regularly at exact doses. I'm not ...
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Do I need proof of prescriptions to take controlled medicines, like Vicodin or Valium?

I know that Medical marijuana is schedule I in the US, and that it is illegal federally, but what about schedule II-IV drugs? Do other countries have rules about which substances are controlled? At ...
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Do I need to declare medication every time I cross the border into NZ/Aus?

I have ADHD, and for this I use stimulant medication (similar to Ritalin), which in New Zealand at least holds a class of restriction higher than regular prescribed medications (it requires a Ministry ...
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Health Insurance coverage in UK

I need current answer to this as many answers are years ago. I hold dual citizenship, British/Canadian. I receive a British pension. I lived for more than 20 years in UK. I am going to UK on holiday ...
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Alcohol as necessary medicine when visiting dry countries?

In hospital a few years ago, I met a man who needed to take anticoagulation medicine daily. However, he had some sort of stomach enzyme that prevented him absorbing the medicine. As a result, daily, ...
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Getting a hepatitis B vaccine when in Poland or Budapest

I was a bit late on getting my hepatitis B vaccine before I left for my backpacking trip and I have to get 2 more shots, (1 month after 1st shot, 6 months after 1st shot ) and I'm wondering if anyone ...
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What are the recommended vaccines for travel to Thailand?

I think i'll be staying in Chiang Mai, Phuket and Bangkok. I'm from the UK.
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Traveling to Egypt if one is HIV positive?

Can I travel to Egypt if I’m taking antiviral drugs? I have searched the internet and I’m left confused as there are travel restrictions for working or long term stay. I wonder whether such ...
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What is the difference between “health insurance” in the US and “travel insurance”

The J (exchange) visa application requires that "health insurance" be purchased. I've bought UK travel insurance (including medical claims etc) for the 6 month period. Is this different from "health ...
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Health insurance for J visa [closed]

Do international students who are J visa have to get health insurance first, before getting J visa? Or the students can have health insurance after they get into US?
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Does New York have a higher number of people with tuberculosis?

I would like to send someone with special needs to this place, but they require that everyone be tested for tuberculosis. We have never travelled outside of the US, and we've lived in Oregon for all ...
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Have US & UK dual citizenship. [closed]

If I relocate to UK, with US retirements, what health service can I use?
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Pharmacy or Doctor visit required in Russia?

Are you able to get an antibiotic (e.g. Amoxicillin, common/general Antibiotics, etc.) from a pharmacy, with no doctor visit required, while traveling through the major cities in Russia?
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Yellow Fever vaccination for Brazil

I have to go to Brazil next week and I saw that there is currently a Yellow Fever outbreak. I know I already got the Yellow Fever vaccine some years ago and that it's valid for a lifetime, so I'm ...
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Are there less expensive sources for yellow-fever vaccinations?

For a trip to South America in June, we will need yellow-fever vaccination. The travel clinics and doctor’s offices we tried claim there is a shortage on yellow-fever vaccine, and therefore the prices ...
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Can I take motion sickness pills abroad without a doctor's note?

I'm planning on going around Europe, Asia and Canada and I tend to have really bad travel sickness. I take the brand Kwells. The tablets really help. I buy them at my local pharmacy. As the question ...
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Do you need vaccinations for a stopover in Australia?

I need to stop over in Australia, to go to and come back from New Zealand. Given that I don't need any visa for the stopovers, I wonder if I should get some specific vaccination, or bring any ...
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Claustrophobic flyer - would flying first class in a smaller plane or coach on a larger one make a difference?

I'm a claustrophobic flyer and want to take my first flight in years. I figure it's time to get past this. My question for others who may have the same fears and who have flown first class on a ...
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Travelling to USA from EU with prescribed medication

I will be travelling to USA with prescribed medicine and I found vague information online. U.S. Customs and Border Protection website says: A valid prescription or doctors note is required on all ...
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I am traveling to Delhi, Aizawl and Mizoram in December. Is it necessary to take anti-malaria pills during this time of year?

I am traveling to Delhi, India for 6 days staying in a hotel, sight-seeing in a bus and then I will be in Aizawl and Mizoram, 7 days staying in hotels. I will be there from 12/27/2017 to 01/08/2018. ...
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Avoid getting sick when traveling by plane

Nearly every time I travel I get sick. I have no doubt it is because I am stuck on a plane breathing recirculated air from 200 other people. Once I had an entire vacation to Venice ruined because I ...
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Failing to show EHIC at foreign European hospital

This question was just raised among my friends who are having a similar accident. I will subjectivize the question for generality. I am an European citizen. I am traveling in Europe, but ...
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Can only eating processed food and bottled water reduce your immunity?

I've been living in Taiwan for a while and have tried to avoid raw food and tap water very carefully (ie. brushing teeth with bottled water, eating at places where I can see that everything is cooked, ...
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How to prevent or quickly resolve ear disequilibrium after flight?

I landed from a transatlantic flight last Saturday and it is now Thursday, 5 days from arrival time, and I still cannot hear clearly from the pressure disequilibrium in my inner ears from the rapid ...
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Healthcare in UK for non-resident citizens [duplicate]

I have dual citizenship (U.K. and Canadian). I am currently living in Canada, and will be going to U.K. for six weeks next July. I receive my state pension from U.K. Do I qualify for health care if ...
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Are the windows at the airports UV protecting?

Are the windows at the airports UV protecting? If it depends, how can I know? I'm asking as one sometime wait under the sun for a prolonged period of time waiting for the plane to board.
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Is it safe to swim at Clifton Beach, Pakistan?

Wikivoyage says of Clifton Beach: This was the world's most popular silver-sand beach and health resort throughout the 20th century, but it was affected by an oil spill in 2003 when the Greek ...
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Using a C-Visit multiple visa to get medical treatment

I have a "C-Visit" multiple visa which was granted in 2014 for 10 years. I am now unwell and have a doctors appointment in London early next week. Can I travel to the UK on my multiple visit visa if ...
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What is the typhoid fever risk for an un-vaccinated toddler in Mexico City? [closed]

We're planning a 12 month trip to Mexico and Central America, and my daughter will be 20 months old at the time. The minimum recommended age for the Typhoid Fever vaccine is 24 months. I consulted a ...
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Taking controlled substances into the US

Owing to circumstantial practicalities I will be taking a commercial flight to the USA sometime next month. Accordingly, I will transit at the main border control (I already know what to do when ...
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The National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Reporting Obligations?

I am informed that a new "Act of Parliament" has a section entitled... Obligation to record information against an overseas visitor’s consistent identifier So when a patient registers for a ...
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UK Secondary Medical Care for Visitors and Tourists

I saw from UK Visitors and NHS Health Services that visitors receive emergency care for free, but they must pay for secondary care and someone can get a pejorative history by not paying. I have also ...
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Do I need a doctor's note for bringing medication on an airplane?

I am flying Croatia–Japan and I was curious how to go about bringing medication on board. I'm taking my prescription allergy medicine, which is basically just bilastine tablets and fluticasone ...
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What is the non-emergency 24 medical assistance number in iceland?

I'm looking for the equivalent of the UK's NHS 111 number, for 24-hour medical assistance, in Iceland. The NHS webpage says: 1770 – medical assistance The US embassy disagrees with this, but then ...
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What happens if you have a medical emergency after deplaning but before passing passport control?

Let's say you are a visa national flying into a UK airport with a valid entry clearance. Between exiting the airplane and passing through passport control you have a medical emergency that requires ...