Some countries require that you be insured before you apply for a visa. In cases like this getting international medical insurance is not an option. You will not get a visa for your destination without proper health insurance.
Determine what special immunizations may also be needed for your target destination. Often you can find this information on the web; for example, at www.cdc.gov or www.who.int.
If you are suffering from a chronic or pre-existing condition, it would be good for you to have a short medical history on hand. If you can, keep prescriptions in original packaging. A letter from your doctor stating that you need certain medications would be a great help in getting through customs if you run into a problem. Did you know that nearly half of all visitors to developing countries get sick during their stays? So go prepared! I always take a small packet of first-aid items: salve for infections, aspirins, lozenges and band-aids. Divide your prescriptions between two bags so that you will always have some of your medications. Make sure you have adequate prescriptions for your trip, and also know the generic equivalent in case you need to purchase some while on your trip
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