Global Health Center

International Travel Checklist

2-3 Months Before Traveling

  • Get a passport; check that your passport will be valid for 6 months after you return
  • Determine if you will need a visa  
  •  Obtain a printout of your immunization record from Occupational Health (Mazer 219, 718-430-3141). You should then make an appointment with a physician who does travel medicine in order to obtai medical advice, vaccinations, tetanus booster, PPD test, and prescription for medications.  This can be done at the Einstein Faculty Practice at the Montefiore Medical Park, 1515 Blondell Avenue, appointment line 866-633-8255. Schedule your appointment at least 6-8 weeks in advance of the date of departure.

Two Weeks Before Travel

  • Learn about your destination  
    • U.S. State Department's Country Specific Information
    • International SOS World Watch reports
    • Location of the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate or your home country's embassy
  • Register your travel  
  • Obtain a supply of your medications to last the duration of your trip  
  • Make sure you understand your health insurance coverage; purchase additional coverage if necessary  
  •   Obtain (and take) your health insurance card
  • Consider personal property insurance if taking expensive electronics or other personal belongings  
  • Learn about clothing and style in your destination so you know what to pack
  • Check that your credit/debit card will work in your destination (contact your credit card company to ask) 

One Week Before Travel

  • Print your International SOS card; learn how International SOS works  
  • Fill out an emergency contact card  
    • leave a copy with a friend or family, or scan & email it to yourself and others
  • Print and take the list of important phone numbers  
  • Notify your bank and credit card companies where and when you'll be traveling 
  • Exchange enough cash to last the first few days in your destination or plan to withdraw cash at an airport ATM or currency exchange kiosk  
  • Clean out your wallet; take only necessary cards and ID  
  • Look into cell phones or calling cards  
  • Make sure your laptop, smartphone, etc. are secure  
    • Create secure wireless connections
    • Remove unnecessary confidential data
    • Obtain a reliable physical lock for your laptop (airports are a prime location for laptop theft)
  • Make photocopies of important documents  
    • Take a copy of each, leave a copy at home, or scan & email to yourself and others
    • Passport identification page and visa
    • Driver's license
    • Insurance cards
    • Credit cards (front and back)
    • Flight and other travel itineraries
    • Immunizations and prescriptions; other important medical history (e.g., surgeries, severe allergies)
  • Read helpful safety tips and understand how to prepare yourself for emergencies  
  • Practice being aware of your surroundings (aka 'situational awareness')
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