Travel Health Advice

Before departing on a trip, travelers should be aware of any social or environmental factors that may impact their health while away. Common health risks that travelers should avoid include the following:

  • Disease carrying insects.
  • Exposure to cold and potential of hypothermia traveling by sea.
  • Impure or contaminated water.
  • Intestinal parasites.
  • Excessive heat and humidity.
  • Extreme altitudes for those with cardiovascular or pulmonary disease.

In the unfortunate event that Americans become ill while abroad, a consular officer may assist in the transfer of funds from the United States. However, if an American becomes ill while traveling, medical expenses are the responsibility of the traveler. If a person feels that he/she is at a high risk of becoming ill and a trip is necessary, it may be a benefit to purchase temporary traveler's medical insurance.