Travel Health Resources
A well-informed traveler is a safe traveler!
Student Health Travel Clinic
Student Health offers free pre-travel consultations to VCU students by appointment.
- It is best to complete your travel health care at least 30-60 days prior to your departure.
- Be prepared to provide specific information about your destination, accommodations, and activities.
- Students are responsible for the cost of recommended prescriptions and vaccines.
Basic Travel To-Do List
The following are minimum items to consider completing prior to your departure. Read the Student Health brochures below for comprehensive recommendations for safe travel.
- Travel vaccines: Don't wait til the last minute to update your vaccines! Ideally, vaccines should be completed a minimum of 15 days before arrival at your destination. Some vaccine series require 6 months to complete. You can access vaccine records that you have submitted to (or obtained at) Student Health through our Web Portal.
- International Health & Travel Insurance: Don't leave home without it!
- Safety: Register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at the US State Department prior to your departure. This is a free service that provides safety updates and helps the U.S. Embassy contact travelers in an emergency.
- Airport security & luggage: Be familiar with TSA (Transportation Safety Administration) requirements, especially if you are traveling with prescription medications.
Finding Medical Services Abroad
- If you are participating in a study abroad program, verify the health care resources at your host university. Some universities will have their own Student Health clinics while others may provide a list of recommended doctors/clinics in the community.
- Find English-speaking medical providers through the US Embassy website. Click on the continent of interest at the top of the webpage then on your specific destination. Next click on "US Citizen Services" at the top, then "Emergency Resources", where you will find a link to a list of recommended clinics/hospitals.
- The International Student ID Card (ISIC) also provides a directory of medical services worldwide. Download their app here.
- Consider using other travel apps, such as TravWell by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) and TravelSmart by Allianz Global Assistance.
Student Health Brochures
Other Online Resources
- Health & Vaccine Info
- Info about your destination's demographics, climate, safety, & travel advisories