Travel Health & Safety
Even for a short stay in another country, it is wise to make plans to safeguard your health.
- Are you a Penn student? Make an appointment for a travel consultation, immunizations, and prescriptions at Penn's Travel Services in Student Health Services (SHS), at least three months before your departure. For certain clinical experiences, respirator clearance and/or a prescription for post-exposure prophylaxis drugs will be required. See the SHS Pre-Travel Form for more detailed information.
- Are you Penn faculty/staff? Visit Penn Travel Medicine to find a physician who can prepare you for your travel abroad or treat you for illnesses related to travel.
- Review the scope of your health insurance coverage to understand how your policy will cover any emergency or routine medical problems you may have. Obtain additional coverage, as needed.
- Go to the CDC's National Center for Infectious Diseases' Traveler's Health website and view "Tips for Travelers." Find information specific to your destination by using the pull-down menu under "Destinations"
- Advice from the US Department of Health & Human Services can be obtained on their website.