Traveling or moving abroad can be both fun and challenging. Following some simple steps can help you have a great trip. These are some important steps you must take before you undertake any travel:
1. Visit your current health care provider way ahead of your travel date and determine your travel health needs. Make sure your family is up to date with all the vaccinations that may be needed. Some countries may require a signed and dated International certificate of vaccination as proof before entry. Check the visa requirements carefully. Some countries require proof of visitor health insurance as part of their visa application and process.
2. If you take any medication regularly, make sure you have at least an extra week???s supply of medication. Carry your medication in your carryon luggage and make sure it satisfies the rules regarding carrying liquids aboard flights. You may need a doctor???s certificate if it exceeds the allowable limit. You may also want to take medications you usually take for ailments like fever, pain, upset stomach.
3. Provide your contact information and itinerary to your family and friends at home. Also carry their contact information so they can be reached in an emergency.
4. One of the most important things you must do before you travel abroad is to review your current domestic Health Insurance coverage. Check with your insurance provider to determine your coverage outside the country. It is more than likely that your current insurance will not offer coverage for your trip abroad.
5. It is essential that you purchase visitors health insurance to cover you in the country you visit. Regardless of the duration of your trip, you may need a visitor insurance that covers you for any unexpected sickness or injury that occurs during your trip. Choose a visitor insurance that best fits your needs and protects you from high medical bills while you access doctors and healthcare facilities away from home.
6. If you are an Adventure traveler and plan on participating in adventure sports make sure the activity is covered under the visitor health insurance plan. In some cases you may have to pay an extra premium to cover those activities. You will also want to make sure medical evacuation is included in the visitor insurance. Keep the emergency assist phone numbers (provided by your insurance company) handy.
Select a plan that offers you the coverage you need. If you need help choosing the right plan, speak to qualified insurance professionals.