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Health, Travel Insurance and Safety Abroad

Staying healthy is essential for all travelers to enjoy travel to the fullest. The more you learn about the health risks at your destination, the better you'll be prepared. The resources listed below help you get updated information about health threats and concerns abroad. For example, you should know about recommended vaccinations and standard precautions. We have included government websites from many English-speaking countries so that readers can get a variety of health threat assessments and recommendations.

Generally, most prudent expatriates and travelers will want to purchase health insurance if their current coverage does not cover them while they are overseas. Transitions Abroad provides some potential options you should carefully compare for your unique situation (see our articles below for more details).

Importantly, remember travel insurance that covers property, trip cancellation, and other coverages included in the best policies since certain unforeseen events can prove very inconvenient and costly.

Featured Articles on Health and Other Types of Insurance Abroad for Expatriates and Travelers
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An author and experienced traveler provides a practical, no-nonsense guide on selecting the best overseas travel insurance coverage, emphasizing why you may or may not need such paid security.
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   Health and Travel Insurance for Expatriates and Travelers Abroad
ASA, Inc.
International Travel, Health and Life Insurance
For over 20 years, ASA, Inc. has provided people of all nationalities peace of mind worldwide. ASA is dedicated to international insurance, giving them the expertise to handle coverage needs as diverse as their clients. ASA offers an impressive portfolio of plans that provide worldwide coverage, free choice of doctors or hospitals, no limitation on length of stay in any country, and many other unique benefits.

Expatriate Group
International Healthcare for Expats
Expatriate Group has over 25 years of experience in serving expats. The focus on delivering peace of mind to expats is reflected in the product suite consisting of International Healthcare, International Travel Insurance, Term Life Insurance, and Income Protection Insurance dedicated to expats, insuring over 120 nationalities in over 180 countries. Please take advantage of our 24-hour support, comprehensive protection, and no hospital restrictions.

World Nomads is a well-respected Australian company offering various insurance services with affiliates worldwide and appeals to long-term travelers. You can apply from abroad once your trip has started and extend your policy while traveling. allows you to compare and purchase travel insurance policies from a variety of companies.

Worldtrips offers an array of international expatriate, travel, and student insurance services, including a tool to look up doctors and hospitals in their provider network.

International SOS is an international membership organization that provides short- and long-term travelers' health insurance and country guides with specific health, vaccination, and safety information; it specializes in travel health services, medical assistance, hospital referrals, and worldwide emergency assistance and evacuations for its corporate and individual members.


   Health Abroad Resources

General Background

The U.S. Department of State provides Travel Alerts & Warnings, and much more. Medical Information for Americans Traveling Abroad lists doctors and hospitals abroad, as well as U.S.-based Air Ambulance companies. To be able to better assist you in an emergency, the U.S. State Dept. recommends that American citizens register with the nearest consulate or embassy during their stay abroad.

The U. S. Government's Traveler's Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) website is your best source for helpful travel tips and region-specific information. Here, you can find health information on specific destinations regarding outbreaks, diseases, vaccinations, water safety, and links to other related sites.

World Health Organization (WHO) provides International Travel and Health information about vaccination requirements, travel risks and precautions, accidents, and infectious diseases for most countries worldwide.


  Safety Abroad Resources

General Background

U.S. State Department provides various links regarding travel warnings for specific countries, resources for Americans living in foreign countries, and much more. The perspective is from the U.S. Government, and the sites are constantly being updated. To find out if any travel warnings have been issued recently for your destinations, check the Current Travel Advisories.

Air Travel News

Federal Aviation Administration

Airwise News

Humanitarian Concerns

Human Rights Watch

Amnesty International

International Red Cross

United Nations Development Program


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