Travel Health Tips Guide:
- Get your vaccines; consult your embassy and your doctor at least 6 weeks prior to the date of your travel and ensure that all your vaccines are complete.
- Keep sufficient dosages of regular medicines that you take. Take a copy of your doctor’s prescription for any medicines you may take. This will be especially useful during immigration, especially if the medication you take is banned in that particular country. If a medication is unusual or contains narcotics, carry a separate letter from your doctor attesting to your need to take the drug. If you have any doubt about the legality of carrying a certain drug into a country, consult the embassy or consulate of that country before you travel.
- Ensure that you know where you are going, especially if it is to hilly areas. Even as you climb, your body needs to acclimatize itself to the high altitude and lower oxygen levels. Not taking sufficient rest and time to acclimatize can be fatal and can even lead to death.
- If you have a pacemaker installed, insulin pump or other medical device, you should advise the screening officer when you enter the screening area. If concerned, you can request a physical pat down. You should bring medical information with you to verify your medical condition.
- If your medication requires needles and syringes, carry an explanation from your doctor or a medical certificate with you.
- In some countries, a traveler found with needles and syringes and without an adequate explanation could be in serious trouble. At the same time, buying needles and syringes abroad might prove difficult, so take enough to last your entire trip.
- Needles and syringes are usually permitted in carry-on luggage if needed for medical reasons.
- Check airline regulations of your home country as well as the destination country before you travel to allow enough time to get the proper documentation done as regulations differ from country to country.