The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, has a website focused on traveler’s health. The intent of this site is to provide travelers with information such as disease notices, vaccination requirements and recommendations. Other information on the site helps travelers avoid illness and prevent injuries during international travel. The CDC website also provides post-travel resources which can be helpful for travelers who are experiencing symptoms that manifest upon returning.
The information provided by the CDC can also help travelers better determine their travel insurance requirements for a particular trip.
As you are probably aware, most domestic health insurance programs do not cover individuals outside the U.S. borders.
With the cost of health care rising around the world, U.S. travelers with travel insurance that includes medical care in the event of an accident or illness are better protected than travelers without travel insurance.
The CDC’s Travel Health site helps travelers with these features:
As a traveler, this means you’ll know what risks you are facing, whether you can get medical care where you are traveling, and what vaccinations you need before you go. This information will help you determine whether you need a higher amount of medical evacuation coverage, for example.
Let’s break down what you can get from the CDC Traveler’s Health Destinations page. You’ll start by selecting your travel destination from the map or using the alphabetized list.
You’ll be shown traveler’s health information for that region, including:
For example, if you were headed to Santiago, Chile, the health information would look like the following:
Don’t wait until the last minute, however. Many travel insurance plans require that you purchase your plan within 10-14 days of your first trip deposit. Plus, you’ll want to allow plenty of time to see your doctor before you travel if your travel destination requires special preparation like vaccinations or tests.
Check the CDC Destination site as soon as you decide you want to visit a particular location so you’ll have plenty of time.
Damian Tysdal is the founder of CoverTrip, and is a licensed agent for travel insurance (MA 1883287). He believes travel insurance should be easier to understand, and started the first travel insurance blog in 2006.