COMPLETE 90 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE:
- Consult the US State Department's website (http://travel.state.gov/) for travel advisories and warnings.
- Make sure that your passport is current; if not, renew it now.
- Check whether you need a visa and the entry/exit requirements for your country at the US State Department (http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/visit.html).
- Consult the CDC website (http://www.cdc.gov/travel/) for travel preparation recommendations for your specific destination(s). This website provides comprehensive information about relevant health and travel advice.
- Visit your PCP, a travel clinic or Employee/Student Health AT LEAST THREE MONTHS BEFORE your departure to get necessary medications. If you elect not to take supplies of particual prophylaxes, be sure to know if and where you can get them locally.
- Contact your local mentor to make specific plans for your global health project and to develop emergency and evacuation protocols.
- Visit the Export Control Website to find out if you need a license to export any goods, services or information.
COMPLETE 30 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE:
- Register your travel with the Office of Global Health online (http://www.umassmed.edu/globalhealth/International-Travel/Registration-Form/).
- Check whether your personal health care insurance covers emergent medical care and emergency and evacuation assistance in your area of travel. The University provides international travel insurance through AIG WorldRisk Travel insurance to its students, faculty and staff while on approved travel. An approval will be issued after registering your travel with the Office of Global Health.
- Plan to get a global cell phone. They can often be purchased at your destination's airport for a low cost.
COMPLETE 1 WEEK PRIOR TO DEPARTURE:
- Register your travel plans with the State Department online (https://step.state.gov/step/) and familiarize yourself with the US Embassy or Consulate in the country you are visiting.
- Continually recheck the State Department website for travel warnings or alerts, and consult with program director and in-country host to confirm arrangements and travel plans.
- Make copies of your passport, visas, and itineraries to keep as backup and also leave copies with family or friends in the States.
- Find out if your travel destination is a cash economy and if so, make sure you will have adequate access to cash.