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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 ...
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Can travellers write childhood vaccinations into the WHO yellow book, and if so, where?

The book I have for my childhood vaccinations is separate from the book I have for my adult vaccinations (a yellow book from the WHO). I lived in Australia for my entire childhood, and I got all the ...
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How can I avoid ordering multiple bottles of water at a restaurant?

I have a couple esophageal conditions that result in a high probability of a food bolus impaction when eating (a food bolus impaction is when food gets stuck in the esophagus). There are a few ...
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Traveling to cities with extremely high air pollution

Both Delhi in India and Beijing in China are well-known for extreme air pollution which even goes so high that measurement devices are off the scale. Picture by Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier, flickr,...
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What is the French phone number for medical emergencies?

France has at least three numbers which can be called in case of a medical emergency: 15 (SAMU), handled by hospitals 18 handled by firemen 112 handled by someone else, or maybe one of the above ...
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Does an EU citizen need to get health insurance before flying to London?

I'm 16 years old, from Lithuania, and I'll be travelling solo to London. In the unlucky case something happens, will the needed health treatments be free? Or is advised to buy an health insurance, ...
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Traveling with medical equipment in checked baggage

My wife uses a compression machine to treat lymphedema, which is a result of her breast cancer treatment several years ago. She needs to use the machine almost daily, otherwise her arm swells, which ...
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Drinking tap water in a country where it is unsafe - anything to do after that?

Yesterday I drunk tap water in Ho Chi Minh. I knew it is unsafe to drink it, but only after I gulped down a cup of water did I notice it was tap water. Since it is safe in my country, I just drunk it ...
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Is Sweden full of mosquitoes during the summer?

Recently, I booked a vacation to Sweden (the south). Because I was so happy to go there, I bought a few books about it. Then, I noticed that there is a chance that you can be bitten by mosquitoes and ...
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Why medical tourism is important in india? [closed]

Medical tourism is a growing sector in India. In October 2015, India's medical tourism sector was estimated to be worth US$3 billion. It is projected to grow to $7–8 billion by 2020. India is the ...
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Medical travel Insurance for Ecuador

My wife and I are retired and intend to travel for 1 year across Latin and South America on a limited budget. We are USA Citizens, but USA Med Travel Insurance is too expensive. Is it possible to ...
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What medicines for travel sickness are available over the counter in India?

We're traveling by car in Tamil Nadu, India, and my wife is suffering from severe motion sickness. I'm looking for some brand names of medicines that are available without prescription to prevent ...
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Manhattan subway for the claustrophobic

I am moderately claustrophobic. The idea of riding a jammed packed subway in Tokyo makes me nervous. But I plan on riding the subway in NYC. Are there certain trains that are more busy and certain ...
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Travelling to China, wondering what diseases/infections they are screening for?

Last time I travelled to China (Shanghai, airport: PVG) there was some kind of imaging system that allegedly screened people entering for some list of diseases. I have a cold or flu or some kind of ...
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Is it true that you can receive emergency care in the UK completely free of charge?

In a related question @GayotFow mentions that: I am aware that visitors can received emergency treatment from the National Health Service (NHS) for free. This seems a bit suspicious but other ...
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UK Visitors and NHS Health Services

I am aware that visitors can receive emergency treatment from the National Health Service (NHS) for free. For ordinary services, the person must pay a bill, and if the total amount due is more than £...
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How to Minimize Sweating in Unusually Hot and Humid Weather?

It is very hot in Brazil right now. Temperatures have been reaching 36C and I find myself sweating very intensely most of the day. It seems like my body goes into a panic, starts sweating and does not ...
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Should I purchase Baby Carseat for 6 months baby? [closed]

I show many parents using baby carseat when they traveling with their child. But if baby is too small then is it good to use baby car seat? A six month old baby not able to seat properly so how could ...
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Can I have medical treatment in Turkey with a tourist visa?

I am an Indian citizen, resident in Germany. My wife is also resident here. We are going to Turkey for a tourist visit next month. We obtained e-visas for that purpose. After getting the visas, I ...

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