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Reliable Travel Health Support
As you prepare to travel, having a trustworthy travel health clinic by your side is essential for your peace of mind. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have additionally operated as a COVID-19 Test Center as well as the Reference Vaccination Center of the Canton of Zurich.
Yellow fever vaccine recommendations, malaria protection and more!
Advice Tailored to Your Needs
Whether you’re preparing to travel with your family, have concerns about visiting a remote region, if you're are planning a trip around the world, or just haven`t checked your vaccination status in a while, our dedicated team tailors their consultation and advice to your specific needs.
The vaccine is recommended for those 65 years of age and older or for those with certain immune deficiencies. For full protection, 2 doses are needed with a minimum interval of 2 months.
No walk-ins The rabies vaccination is only given during a travel consultation. If you have previously received a rabies vaccination elsewhere and just need the booster from us, please still book a travel consultation appointment.
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What Patients Are Saying
"Amazing consultation and service. Very well organized. We got all the information we needed, and the vaccines directly afterwards. Would definitely recommend."
"The staff here is super! Highly professional and thorough, as well as kind. They went out of their way to ensure the vaccine I wanted could be delivered safey, due to my history of allergies and reactions. They counseled me extensively and monitored me closely - making me feel comfortable and relaxed. I'm very grateful for their support and excellent care."
"Very sweet and non-judgmental people, take time to explain everything well"
"Professional service, very friendly and knowledgeable."
"Would recommend to anyone who is unsure or wants to travel to "exotic" places."
"I would like to express my gratitude to you and all of your colleagues for helping our group with the Covid testing that we needed to return to the USA. Your team was so helpful, and everyone in our group commented how friendly and professional the staff at the testing center was."
"Super nice personal and great service!"
"Great travel clinic. Super comprehensive consultation that took nearly an hour but was very informative. Seems like a newly renovated building. Highly recommend."
Research-Based Global Expertise
Every step of the way, our customized solutions are centered on you and your unique trip. From malaria pills to yellow fever vaccines to sun protection and everything in between , we empower you to embark on your journey knowing that you have the tools to travel safely. Based within the Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute of the University of Zurich, our advice is informed by the most up-to-date data and research.
«Central»-ly Located and Streamlined Services
Located within five minutes of the Zurich main station, our travel clinic is the easiest way to get evidenced-based care with quick appointments.
WHO Collaborating Centre for Traveller`s Health
We are the world's only collaboration center for "travel and health" and in this function we support the World Health Organization (WHO) in an advisory capacity. Our visitors benefit from this distinction, as our expert know-how is directly incorporated into our consultations.
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Zentrum für tropen- und reisemedizin.
Planen Sie ein spannendes Abenteuer im Ausland? Reisen Sie mit Kindern, sind Sie schwanger oder nehmen Sie Medikamente ein? Oder möchten Sie einfach Ihren Impfstatus überprüfen lassen? Im Zentrum für Tropen- und Reisemedizin beraten und betreuen wir Sie gerne - vor und nach Ihrer Reise. Unser engagiertes medizinisches Team bietet Ihnen eine individuelle Beratung, die empfohlenen Impfungen und wichtige Vorsorgemassnahmen für jede Reise an.
Wir setzen uns für eine umfassende Reisegesundheit ein. Jährlich betreuen wir rund 16'000 Reisende. Wir sind auf reiseassoziierte Erkrankungen spezialisiert und stehen Ihnen auch nach Ihrer Reise bei entsprechenden Beschwerden zur Seite.
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Wenn Sie mit Krankheitssymptomen von einer Reise zurückkehren, helfen wir Ihnen gerne weiter. Ob Fieberabklärung, anhaltender Durchfall oder Hautprobleme, wir sind für Sie da. Mit unserem Referenzlabor für parasitäre Erkrankungen stellen wir auch bei sehr seltenen Erkrankungen schnell und kompetent eine Diagnose. So kann umgehend eine wirksame Behandlung eingeleitet werden.
Wir sind Ihr Partner für Impfungen. Neben allen reisemedizinisch notwendigen Impfungen führen wir nach Beratung und Überprüfung Ihres Impfstatus auch alle Basisimpfungen durch.
Medizinischem Fachpersonal stehen wir konsiliarisch mit unserer Expertise zur Verfügung. Sei es bei Fragen zur Differentialdiagnose, Diagnostik und Therapie tropenmedizinischer und parasitärer Erkrankungen oder bei der Bestellung von antiparasitären Medikamenten. Zusammen mit dem Diagnostik-Zentrum des Swiss TPH nehmen wir die Funktion des Nationalen Referenzzentrums für humane Parasitenerkrankungen wahr.
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Das Zentrum für Tropen- und Reisemedizin ist umgezogen. Seit dem 3. Januar 2024 stehen wir Ihnen im Turmhaus am Aeschenplatz 2 im Herzen von Basel zur Verfügung.
Wir freuen uns, Sie in unseren neuen Räumlichkeiten begrüssen zu dürfen.
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Als offizielles Impfzentrum des Kantons Basel-Stadt bieten wir seit dem 16. Oktober 2023 Impfungen mit dem neuen, an die Variante Omikron XBB.1.5 angepassten Impfstoff an.
Für besonders gefährdete Personen wird ab Herbst 2023 eine COVID-19-Impfung empfohlen. Dazu gehören Menschen über 65 Jahre und Menschen mit chronischen Erkrankungen.
Die jährliche Grippeimpfung bietet einen guten Schutz vor einer Ansteckung und Erkrankung. Sie schützt nicht nur die geimpfte Person, sondern auch deren privates und berufliches Umfeld – und dabei auch Personen, die sich selbst nicht impfen lassen können. Die Grippeimpfperiode dauert von Mitte Oktober bis zum Beginn der Grippewelle. In der Schweiz beginnt die Grippewelle in der Regel zwischen Dezember und März.
So erreichen Sie uns
Das Zentrum für Tropen- und Reisemedizin befindet sich seit dem 3. Januar 2024 im Turmhaus am Aeschenplatz 2 im Herzen von Basel, nur wenige Gehminuten vom Bahnhof SBB. Sie erreichen den Aeschenplatz bequem mit Tram oder Bus. Parkplätze finden Sie in den nahegelegenen öffentlichen Parkhäusern. Velo-Parkplätze stehen am Aeschenplatz zur Verfügung.
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Switzerland is the ideal destination for health travel, combining the highest standards of medical care with exclusive service. The Swiss healthcare system is considered to be one of the best in the world. The country’s exclusive clinics offer outstanding infrastructure, and Swiss doctors are pioneers in innovative medical techniques and research. Find the best Swiss medical treatment for you here.
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Vista eye clinic pfaeffikon.
Clinique de Montchoisi
10 reasons to choose a Swiss hospital for medical treatment
Switzerland is number 1: renowned specialists in all areas, such as cardiology, oncology and orthopaedics, right through to rehabilitation and preventive medicine.
Stress harms your mental health. It can lead to burn-out, anxiety and depression. A change in scenery can help to break the stress – particularly if the new scenery is as breathtaking as the Swiss alps and if you get first-quality medical care that is designed specifically for you.
Cardiology in Switzerland
The heart never takes a break and reliably performs its vital task: it pumps blood around the body and supplies the organs with both oxygen and nutrients. Only when the heart weakens is its crucial role noticed. Get to know your heart and take care of it!
Postpartum depression program, ophthalmological check-up, 7-day cure reset.
Laser Eye Surgery
Vista Eye Clinic
Holistic Parkinson Treatment
Gentle prostate treatment.
University Hospital Zurich
Grand Resort Bad Ragaz
Body & Mind Booster
The Kusnacht Practice
Highly specialized check-ups
Hôpital de La Tour
Covid19 - Mental health booster
Clinic Les Alpes
Skin rejuvenation through regenerative cells.
Interview with Dr Sophie Menkes, Clinique Nescens
Stefan Köhler: the man behind the machine
Tinnitus treatment at MENTALVA Private Clinic
Interview with Dr Enrico Frigg
High precision therapies for cancer
University Hospital Zurich (USZ)
Fairmont Le Montreux Palace
The Fairmont Le Montreux Palace has delighted visitors for over a century with its Belle-Époque architecture boasting 236 rooms and suites. In addition to unparalleled views of the lake and the Alps, 5-star service, and various restaurants the hotel also offers an exceptional 2,000 m2 spa, truly reflecting the tranquility and purity of the Swiss Alps.
Overlooking the serene waters of Lake Lucerne, Chenot Palace Weggis offers a transformative experience rooted in a halfcentury of advanced scientific research, driven by a passion for helping guests live healthier, fitter lives, for longer.
Kurhaus Cademario Hotel & Spa
Guests have been enjoying first-class service and culinary delights at the elegant Kurhaus Cademario Hotel & Spa for more than 100 years. Spa baths with a spectacular panorama and innovative highlights. Surrounded by nature, it offers the 2,200 m2 DOT SPA and breathtaking views that are not easily forgotten.
The Dolder Grand
The Dolder Grand was opened in 1899 as the “Dolder Grand Hotel & Curhaus” and, following renovation by Lord Norman Foster in 2008, has become a luxury city resort with a focus on art and architecture. The fivestar superior hotel impresses guests with its location on the Adlisberg, which offers views of Zurich, the lake and the Alps, as well as with its immediate proximity to the best clinics and the city centre.
Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa
This luxury hotel with a history spanning more than 150 years can be found in the heart of Interlaken. In addition to spa facilities, the Spa Nescens offers individually tailored better-aging programmes. The better-aging programmes by Nescens help to identify risk factors and to reshape lifestyle habits.
Apartments & chalets
If you’re looking for peace and quiet, but never too far from the action, you’re sure to find something to suit your needs on the Switzerland Tourism booking portal. In just a few clicks, you can book luxury apartments, holiday apartments and chalets that meet your every wish.
Enjoying an exceptional location opposite Geneva’s water fountain and resolutely in line with continuity and modernity, the Beau-Rivage Geneva, with its remarkably stylish 52 rooms and 43 suites, promises a unique experience in the heart of Geneva.
Classed as one of the best hotels in Europe and ideally situated on the banks of Lake Geneva, Beau-Rivage Palace is nestled in a natural beauty spot just a stone’s throw away from the centre of Lausanne. The hotel benefits from the Mediterranean atmosphere, ideal for guests looking to recharge their batteries.
Perched high above the lake, the Carlton Hotel is St. Moritz’s most refined hideaway. The 60 rooms and suites offer guests spacious elegance and an unparalleled view of Lake St. Moritz. Two Michelin-starred gourmet restaurants serve up a taste of something special.
Are you interested in one of the following medical fields? On the detail page you can see which clinics / hospitals treat this topic.
Check-up and screenings
Health is our most precious asset. So regular check-ups are all the more important for detecting any conditions as early as possible.
In radiology, different imaging methods are used to detect and treat diseases: radiography (X-rays), computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound.
Pain and limitation of our musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments) influence our quality of life.
Wrinkle treatment using Botox and fillers, liposuction, breast enhancement surgery, scar removal – the latest invasive and non-surgical methods in Switzerland.
Bariatric surgery in combination with dietary advice and psychological consultations help achieve weight loss in cases of obesity.
In gynaecology, women are supported and treated for all aspects of their health at any age, and during the obstetric period.
Our musculoskeletal system is subjected to considerable stress over our lifetime. Problems that require surgical intervention are taken care of in orthopaedic surgery.
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Staying healthy and living as long a life as possible without diseases or infirmities is something we all wish for.
Rehabilitation measures are designed to help people resume their everyday lives after accidents, injuries and medical procedures.
Psychiatry - separate from psychology - is a medical specialty and covers the diagnosis and treatment of mental and psychosomatic illnesses.
The number of cases of cancer is rising every year worldwide. The specialty of oncology focuses on the detection, treatment and after-care of - especially malignant - tumours.
Pain - especially chronic pain - has an enormous impact on our quality of life. The term pain therapy covers all measures taken to relieve pain.
Cardiovascular disease is one of the most common causes of death worldwide.
The skin envelopes us like a protective membrane. Diseases of the skin therefore affect both our physical and mental well-being.
Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and the organs associated with it (liver, gall bladder, pancreas) come under the category of gastroenterology.
Discretion is part of the Swiss character
The brain, spinal cord, muscles and peripheral nerves - these sensitive areas of the human body are the remit of Neurology.
The eye absorbs millions of impressions every second and transmits them to the brain.
Switzerland: internal medicine clinics for the treatment of cardiovascular, renal, age-related and respiratory conditions.
If internal organs need to be operated on, the procedures for doing so are the domain of Abdominal Surgery.
The ear, nose and throat region is associated with the three key senses of hearing, smell and taste, and is very sensitive as a result.
Insights into neurosurgery at Clinique de Genolier
Interview with Dr John Duff
Latest news of visceral surgery, Clinique de Genolier
Interview with Dr Jean-Pierre Chevalley
Urology is commonly mostly known as a specialty for men’s health. Andrology is actually only a sub-section of this specialty.
Hormones have a huge influence on our lives; they are important for our overall development, our metabolism and our emotional well-being.
Vascular surgery is called upon when the arterial, venous and lymphatic vessel system and therefore the circulation of the blood are impaired due to diseases, injuries or accidents.
Obstetrics and fertility treatments
Every birth represents an incomparable moment in a woman’s life.
Thoracic surgery procedures encompass the entire chest cavity, including deformities, injuries and diseases of the pleura and mediastinum, the lungs, the trachea and the bronchi, as well as the chest wall.
Movember - a mustache for a good cause
Interview with Dr Laurent Vaucher
Addiction and mental stress during the COVID-19 pandemic
Damage following accidents is treated in the specialty of trauma surgery.
Physical, mental and psychosomatic conditions in newborns, children and adolescents, as well as pre-natal conditions, all fall under the responsibility of paediatrics.
High availability of the latest medical equipment, with outstanding software – exceptionally short waiting times for technological investigations.
Incorporating individual biological data into preventative and therapeutic treatments greatly increases their chances of success.
Healthy teeth not only make your smile bright, but they’re also important because diseases of the mouth can have far-reaching consequences for our health.
Travelling to switzerland.
You will find all the information you need here to plan and organise your holiday. In addition you will find travel tips and suggestions for travel preparation.
Swiss International Air Lines
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is the national airline of Switzerland. Operating from Zurich and Geneva, it serves more than 100 destinations in more than 40 countries worldwide. Around 18 million passengers put their trust in SWISS every year. SWISS is part of the Lufthansa Group and a member of Star Alliance, the largest network of airlines in the world.
Grand Tour of Switzerland
From palm-lined lakeshores to sparkling glaciers, from medieval villages to buzzing cities – the Grand Tour of Switzerland packs in an incredible number of sights. The concentration of attractions is unrivalled worldwide.
Switzerland is proud of its diversity of museums: Thematically they range from art and culture, to history, customs and crafts, and to many other peculiarities which will amaze and amuse visitors.
We have compiled 200 suggestions for excursions sorted by categories such as: culture, nature, sports and leisure.
Grand Train Tour of Switzerland
A unique train tour combines the most beautiful panoramic lines and highlights of Switzerland. Explore the diversity of the Alpine nation on the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland.
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A long flight is physically demanding. Travellers with health problems need to be basically fit to fly. Healthy passengers can increase their well-being with a few simple measures.
Find helpful answers to frequently asked questions regarding flying and health. If you are affected by any disease, physical impairment or medication, make sure to consult your doctor regarding your planned flight.
Pregnancy: What do I have to consider when I am pregnant?
Mothers-to-be whose pregnancy has proceeded without complications can travel on SWISS flights up to the end of the 36th week of pregnancy, i.e. up until four weeks before their scheduled delivery date. If you are expecting a multiple birth and the pregnancy proceeds without complications, you can travel on SWISS flights up to the end of the 32nd week of pregnancy.
While it is not required, we recommend expecting mothers beyond the 28th week of their pregnancy to carry a current letter from a physician stating that the pregnancy is uncomplicated and confirming the expected date of delivery. The physician should state that the patient’s pregnancy does not prevent her from travelling by air.
Pregnant women also run a higher risk of developing a deep-vein thrombosis throughout their pregnancy. In view of this, if you are flying while pregnant, we advise you to wear compression stockings, and to drink enough. Ideally, we would recommend discussing your flight plans with your gynaecologist in advance to minimise any additional risk.
If you are not sure about flying in your particular situation, please contact SWISS Medical Services directly.
Special meals: Can I order a special meal on my flight?
We offer free special meals on all our intercontinental flights. You can already order your food selection during your booking on swiss.com (Step 4, Options). To find the right diet for you, please have a look at the wide range of special meals and their ingredients.
More information about special meals
Diabetes: What do I have to keep in mind if I am diabetic?
If you are diabetic consider the following for your flight and trip.
Thrombosis: What do I need to know about travel thrombosis?
Long, immobile sitting can cause the formation of a blood clot (thrombus) in the veins, making them partially or completely blocked. It mostly affects the lower half of the body e.g. in the veins of the legs and is known as deep venous thrombosis (DVT).
To prevent a thrombosis, make sure you drink enough during the flight, move as often as possible and bend and stretch your legs frequently.
If you have additional risk factors (e.g. history of thrombosis or pulmonary embolism, hereditary coagulation disorder, cardiac insufficiency or chronic vein insufficiency) you should seek medical advice before travelling. In particular, you should discuss whether compression stockings would be appropriate and whether anti-coagulant medication is necessary.
Vaccination: Do I need any vaccination for my destination?
For your own wellbeing and the health of persons in your surroundings, protect yourself from any contagious diseases. Consult medical advice on necessary and mandatory vaccinations or other recommended pre-cautions at least 4-6 weeks prior to your trip.
SWISS Medical Services, can provide you with medical advice, information on diseases in tropical regions and the most important vaccinations.
Illness or surgery: Can I fly with an illness or after surgery?
You must be extra careful if you currently have an illness or if you had a surgery recently. Travel can be stressful, therefore it is wise to postpone your flight if you do not feel up to it.
Please check the cases in which flying is restricted. Moreover, we absolutely recommend consulting your doctor for any medical advice on a planned flight and to clarify your physical well-being for a trip.
Restrictions: In which cases is it restricted to fly?
It is restricted to fly when you dove within 24 hours before departure. Further a doctor should be consulted if you faced problems while resurfacing.
It is restricted to fly if you are affected by one of the following:
- Acute cold and severe feverish illness
- Severe heart or lung-related illness: breathing difficulties recent heart attack, volatile angina
- Pectoris, volatile cardiac insufficiency and pneumothorax
- Recent stroke
- Severe anaemia
- Infectious diseases such as chicken pox
- Recent surgery, especially abdominal and thorax operations
- Certain acute psychological illnesses
Allergies: What do I need to know?
As an allergy-sufferer, when flying with SWISS you can be sure that we do everything we can to avoid allergens. We are committed to reducing allergens in our cabins and lounges to a minimum, especially with regard to upholstery, air conditioning and food. You can also book special meals on long haul flights or flights within Europe in SWISS Business. On European flights in SWISS Economy, our on-board kitchen also has a range of lactose and gluten-free products and alternative snacks. Crew members are trained to deal with emergencies, and antihistamine tablets are carried on all our flights.
Medical certificate: When do I need a medical certificate?
In the following cases, we recommend that travellers take along a medical certificate for their own safety and/or due to valid security regulations:
- Cardiac peacemakers or implanted metal parts (artificial joints, metal fixtures for fractures): Show your document to the security staff before passing the security check.
- Diabetics and persons with chronic diseases requiring medication: Certificate stating the diagnosis and required medication.
- Destination countries requiring certain vaccinations: Inoculation and vaccination record.
- Syringes carried for medical reasons.
Depending on the degree of impairment, SWISS may require a MEDIF form.
If you would like to bring your own medical equipment, please inform us when you book. Some devices need technical and / or medical clearance. Below you will find some information about frequently used medical equipment on our flights.
You may take your own foldable wheelchair along. Please inform us about the dimensions, weight and type of wheelchair in advance. The dimensions of the doors of our aircraft are as following:
- Airbus A319/A320/A321: 810 mm width and 1850 mm height
- Airbus A330/A340: 1070 mm width and 1930 mm height
- Boeing 777: 1070 mm width and 1880 mm height
- C Series: 800 mm width and 1900 mm height
- Begeben Sie sich mit Ihrem persönlichen (nicht akkubetriebenen) Rollstuhl zum Flugsteig. Unsere Mitarbeiter helfen Ihnen beim Einsteigen und verstauen Ihren Rollstuhl.
Proceed to the gate with your personal (no battery) wheelchair. Our staff will help you with boarding and store your wheelchair.
We will return your wheelchair at disembarking, if possible. Otherwise the arrival airport will provide a wheelchair to bring you to the baggage claim.
Battery driven wheelchairs are not allowed after check-in. Our staff will bring you to the gate with a substitute wheelchair.
Your wheelchair is transported in the baggage compartment free of charge.
Please note: For safety reasons, the following rules for wheelchairs with batteries apply. Before check-in, the batteries must be securely attached to the wheelchair and the battery terminals must be insulated to prevent accidental short circuits.
On board wheelchair
On long haul flights, we will assist you with our specially developed on-board wheelchair for transfers to the toilet.
The use of private bottles on board is not permitted. We provide company oxygen bottles for use on board.
The oxygen bottle will be installed on your seat and ready to use.
Order the supplement oxygen at least 72 hours before departure. The oxygen is confirmed after received payment of the respective costs.
Medical details must be provided by filling out the MEDIF form.
Despite the security regulation for hand luggage, indispensable medication in liquid form is allowed on board, e.g. medicine for diabetics.
Depending on the situation, a medical certificate in English language may be helpful.
Syringes carried for medical use
We recommend holding a medical certificate because of security regulations.
Portable oxygen concentrator (POC) / continuous positive air way pressure (CPAP)
“doctor on board” programme.
When medical assistance is needed on board, doctors participating in the “Doctor on board” programme will be there to help us. Become a part of the programme, too, and benefit from the many advantages.
Medical travel companions
SWISS has partnered with Medical Travel Companions to provide you with medical care throughout your journey against a fee.
The SAF/MEDIF certify your fitness to fly. It documents important medical facts that may be relevant to your safety during the flight.
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8 Smart Hacks for Healthier, More Comfortable Travel
Here’s how health pros better cope with jet lag, long-haul flights, traveler’s constipation (yes, it’s a thing), and more.
Travel can open our eyes to unique and memorable experiences. As of January 2023, 52 percent of Americans surveyed for a U.S. Travel Association survey say they’re planning to travel for leisure in the next six months.
And both travel and time off work (and our day-to-day routines) tend to be good for well-being. One study from earlier this year found that people who were able to travel frequently reported better mental, physical, and emotional health than those who stayed closer to home.
But let’s be real. From flight and train delays to travel-related tummy troubles to jumping time zones, seeing the world isn’t all glamor and awe-inspiring all the time.
“It’s hard on our physical bodies,” says Akil Palanisamy, MD , an integrative medicine doctor in San Francisco and the author of The T.I.G.E.R. Protocol: An Integrative, 5-Step Program to Treat and Heal Your Autoimmunity .
“Prolonged immobility can lead to aches and pains,” he says. Think of how much time you spend sitting on long-haul flights and waiting for other transportation. Sitting for long stretches can increase risk of blood clots, which is a serious medical problem, research shows.
”The change of time zones can disrupt our circadian rhythm and impair sleep; and dehydration is a risk, especially if you travel by air,” Dr. Palanisamy adds.
Unexpected hiccups during the journey (such as lost bags or traffic) can amplify stress levels . And our digestion doesn’t always dig adventure. Diarrhea, constipation , and indigestion are all more likely to occur when you’re abroad compared with at home, other research finds.
Rather than let all of this keep you home or ruin your trip, follow these expert-backed tips for smarter, healthier travel.
1. Move When You Have the Chance To
Traveling by car, plane, or bus leaves few options for steps or movement. So, make the most of your time and space between stops, says Haley Perlus, PhD , a sport and performance psychologist based in Denver.
“I bypass any moving walkways, escalators, or elevators in favor of walking. Taking every opportunity to move and be active while traveling is so helpful when I’m trying to adjust to time changes, not go stir-crazy waiting at the gate, and keep an overall healthy lifestyle,” she explains.
Once she reaches her destination, Dr. Perlus keeps her sneakers handy. It’s okay to take a break from your usual workouts while on vacation (and can be a good thing to mix up your routine if you do typically follow a rigorous exercise schedule). But do make time for some movement, she says. “I try to find ways to integrate physical activity every day of a trip.”
No that doesn’t mean you need to spend hours of vacation time in a hotel gym (unless that sparks joy for you; do you!). Perlus prefers to wake up 10 minutes earlier to do a quick bodyweight workout in her hotel room or finding a local trail to hike.
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2. slip on a pair of compression socks.
During those hours on the road, Palanisamy swears by knee-high compression socks.
Research suggests these tall, fairly tight socks (which are available online from many retailers for around $20 per pair) can reduce leg swelling and also decrease the risk of blood clots, which can happen if you do not move for a long period of time, he says.
3. Skip Salty and Fizzy Snacks and Drinks to Help With Bloating
Carbonated beverages and salty, shelf-stable snacks are convenient and tend to be more readily available when you’re traveling than, say, fresh fruit or carrot sticks. But Perlus recommends paying attention to your noshing. “Salty snacks and carbonated beverages can cause uncomfortable bloating , which is no way to begin a vacation,” Perlus says.
Instead, pack a reusable bottle to refill throughout vacation to make it easier to drink water. And when it comes to snack, look for ones with protein. “Protein helps keep me full, stabilizes blood sugar, and reduces food cravings,” Perlus says. She prefers options like Greek yogurt, grass-fed beef jerky, nuts, and pumpkin seeds.
4. Pack a Few (High Fiber) Snacks
And just in case you can’t find those go-to grab-and-go options, pack some snacks to have on hand, says Lauren Manaker RD, LD , owner of Nutrition Now Counseling in Charleston, South Carolina. Airport and gas station snack options can be limited, particularly if you’re traveling late at night or early in the morning.
Manaker says she totes along plenty of prunes. Research suggests that high-fiber dried plums (each ¼ cup serving delivers 3 grams, per the U.S. Department of Agriculture ) may even be more effective than fiber powders at relieving constipation. “They’re shelf-stable, they don't take up a ton of space in luggage, and they help support healthy bowel movements,” she says.
Manaker also likes to carry Kind Breakfast Cereal Bars and That’s It Kick Coffee Energy Bars , both of which deliver 6 (or more) grams of fiber and a big energy boost in a small package.
5. Bring a Travel Pillow and Eye Mask
You never know if there will be high-quality blinds or curtains in your hotel room or rental property, which is why Palanisamy deems an eye mask crucial. “By limiting light exposure when I’m sleeping, I’m better able to fight jet lag ,” he says. Light exposure is part of what cues the body’s natural circadian rhythms to stay on track, so being able to block out light when you want to (such as when you want to sleep) can help your body adjust to different time zones.
While in transit, he calls a travel pillow like Infinity Travel Pillow a game-changer. Prior to using it, “I was never able to rest much on planes,” he says. “This pillow allows me to relax easily.”
It wraps around his entire neck, so Palanisamy can sleep in any position. Regular neck travel pillows are beneficial as well, he says — ”whatever can help you get some rest during the trip.”
6. Seek Out Morning Sun
Palanisamy says getting out into the sun in the morning during and after travel can help you better manage jet lag . Exposure to sunlight (opposite of blocking it out) signals to the brain and body that it’s morning and time to be awake.
Within an hour of waking up, Palanisamy tries to get outside to chase some sunlight exposure, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .
“This has a very positive effect on resetting the body’s circadian rhythm,” he explains. That exposure helps trigger bodily processes that help you feel energized during the daytime hours and boost production of melatonin (the hormone that signals to our bodies it’s time to sleep) about 12 hours later.
7. Adjust Your Sleep Schedule Upon Arrival
It can be very tempting to climb under the covers once you finally see a cozy bed at your destination. But Perlus says try to start sleeping according to your typical schedule (per the time on the clock at your destination) right away.
Maintaining daily routines, such as reading or mediating first thing upon waking or right before sleeping, can help. Eating meals and snacks the same times as you typically do can help your body adjust to a new time zone, too.
8. Sip Water Early and Often
Even mild cases of dehydration can cause all sorts of unpleasantries, as well as potentially dangerous complications. It can affect body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, energy levels, headaches, cramps, and more, according to Cedars-Sinai . “Dehydration is a risk because air travel specifically is often very drying for our skin,” Palanisamy says.
No matter where or how you travel, start and end each day with a glass of water, and bookend each alcoholic drink with a glass, he says.
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Travelers with Chronic Illnesses
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Although traveling abroad can be relaxing and rewarding, the physical demands of travel can be stressful, particularly for travelers with underlying chronic illnesses. With adequate preparation, however, these travelers can have safe and enjoyable trips. For more detailed information on assisting immunocompromised travelers , travelers with disabilities , highly allergic travelers , and travelers with substance use disorders prepare for international travel, see the respective chapters in this section.
Patients should see their established health care providers well in advance of travel to ensure that all chronic conditions are controlled, and management is optimized. Clinicians should encourage patients to seek pretravel consultation prior to paying for nonrefundable trips, and at least 4–6 weeks before departure to ensure adequate time to respond to immunizations, try new medications before travel, or redefine the itinerary based upon pretravel consultation recommendations.
Adequate preparation for patients with chronic illnesses for international travel requires the active participation of both the traveler and the travel health provider. Box 3-03 includes a checklist of pretravel activities for travelers with chronic illnesses.
Box 3-03 A checklist for travelers with chronic illnesses preparing for international travel
☐ Carry copies of all prescriptions.
☐ Check with the foreign embassy or consulate for your destination country in the United States to clarify whether any medication restrictions exist. Some countries do not allow visitors to bring certain medications into the country, especially narcotics and psychotropic medications.
☐ Favor travel to destinations that have access to quality care for your condition (see Sec. 6, Ch. 2, Obtaining Health Care Abroad )
☐ Obtain an established provider letter. The letter should be on office letterhead stationery and outline existing medical conditions, medications prescribed (including generic names), and any equipment required to manage the condition. By law, some states do not permit a travel health specialist to furnish such a letter if the specialist is not also the primary care provider or established provider of record.
☐ Pack a travel health kit (see Sec. 2, Ch. 10, Travel Health Kits ). Take health kits on board as carry-on luggage, and bring all necessary medications and medical supplies (e.g., pouching for ostomies) in their original containers.
☐ Select a medical assistance company that allows you to store your medical history so it can be accessed worldwide.
☐ Sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program , a free service of the US Department of State to US citizens and permanent residents, to receive destination-specific travel and security updates. This service also allows the Department of State to contact international travelers during emergencies.
☐ Stay hydrated, wear loose-fitting clothing, and walk and stretch at regular intervals during long-distance travel (see Sec. 8, Ch. 3, Deep Vein Thrombosis & Pulmonary Embolism ).
☐ Wear a medical alert bracelet or carry medical information on your person. Various brands of jewelry or tags, even electronic ones, are available.
Health Care Provider Roles & Responsibilities
Health care providers play a critical role in helping patients with chronic underlying conditions travel safely. Ask patients about previous health-related issues encountered during travel (e.g., complications during air travel). In addition to sharing the advice found in Box 3-03 , ensure the traveler has sufficient medication (and proper storage conditions) for the entire trip, plus extra in case of unexpected delays. Because medications should be taken based on elapsed time and not time of day, offering travelers guidance on scheduling when to take medications during and after crossing time zones might be needed. Educate travelers on possible drug interactions (see Sec. 2, Ch. 4, Interactions Between Travel Vaccines & Drugs ). Some medications used to treat chronic medical illnesses (e.g., warfarin) can interact with prescribed self-treatment for travelers’ diarrhea or malaria chemoprophylaxis. Discuss all medications patients use, including medications taken daily, those taken on an as-needed basis, and dietary supplements or herbal products. In addition, discuss supplemental insurance options for travelers, including policies that cover trip cancellation in the event of illness, supplemental medical insurance, and medical evacuation insurance. Supplemental medical insurance can reimburse travelers for money paid for health care abroad; most medical insurance policies do not cover the cost of health care received in other countries. Medical evacuation insurance covers moving the person from the place of illness or injury to a place where they can receive definitive care. Travelers might need assistance to identify supplemental insurance plans that will cover costs for preexisting conditions (see Sec. 6, Ch. 1, Travel Insurance, Travel Health Insurance & Medical Evacuation Insurance ).
Help patients devise a Personal Travel Health Plan. This plan should give instructions for managing minor problems or exacerbations of underlying illnesses and should include information about medical facilities available in the destination country (see Sec. 6, Ch. 2, Obtaining Health Care Abroad ).
Specific Chronic Medical Conditions
Chronic illness or acute illness affecting underlying chronic disease might affect the recommendations clinicians make to a traveler after completing the risk assessment conducted as part of the pretravel consultation (see Sec. 2, Ch. 1, The Pretravel Consultation ). Some online resources for travelers who have ≥1 chronic medical conditions can be found in Table 3-05 (in Sec. 3, Ch. 2, Travelers with Disabilities ) and Table 3-07 .
Chronic conditions include those affecting the cardiovascular, endocrine, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, hematological, hepatic, neurologic, and respiratory systems. Table 3-08 addresses issues and recommendations related to specific chronic medical illnesses and should be used in conjunction with the other recommendations given throughout this book.
Travelers also might want to investigate international health care accreditation agencies to identify health care facilities at the travel destination that have received recognition or accreditation for high care standards and good patient safety records. If travelers or their health care providers have concerns about fitness for air travel or the need to obtain a medical certificate before travel, the medical unit affiliated with the specific airline is a valuable source for information.
Travelers who require service animals, including emotional support animals, should check with the airline and the destination country to ensure both the air carrier and the country will allow the animal; documentation and permits might also be required (see Sec. 7, Ch. 6, Traveling with Pets & Service Animals ). Travelers planning to use supplemental oxygen on the aircraft or needing other equipment (e.g., a wheelchair) must inform the airline far in advance of planned travel. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Cares Helpline (toll-free at 855-787-2227) or TSA Cares online assistance also can provide information on how to prepare for the airport security screening process for a particular disability or medical condition.
Table 3-07 Online resources for travelers with chronic illnesses: disease & condition-specific
DISEASE / CONDITION
ORGANIZATION / SOURCE
Centers of Excellence Resource Center
American Cancer Society
Eat Right and Stay Active while Traveling
National Celiac Association
Eating GF when traveling abroad
International Pain Foundation
Top Tips for Traveling Abroad with Chronic Pain
American Diabetes Association
Air Travel and Diabetes
Travel and Holidays
Epilepsy Society (UK)
Travel and holidays for people with epilepsy
American Heart Association
INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation
Traveling with IBD
American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP)
International Travel while on Dialysis
National Kidney Foundation
Foreign Travel Tips for Dialysis Patients
Global Dialysis (UK)
LUNGS & CHEST
American Lung Association
Traveling with Oxygen
Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
Tips for Traveling Abroad with MS
American Sleep Association
Travel: CPAP Machines
American Sleep Apnea Association
US Travel Tips for CPAP Users
Table 3-08 Special considerations for travelers with chronic illnesses
Abbreviations: AAKP, American Association of Kidney Patients; AICD, automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator; CABG, coronary artery bypass graft; CHF, congestive heart failure; CKD, chronic kidney disease; CNS, central nervous system; COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; COVID-19, coronavirus disease; CrCl, creatinine clearance; CVA, cerebrovascular accident; DVT, deep vein thrombosis; ECG, electrocardiogram; FSBG, fingerstick blood glucose; GI, gastrointestinal; Hgb, hemoglobin; HIV, human immunodeficiency virus; IGRA, interferon-γ release assay; INR, international normalized ratio; PNS, peripheral nervous system; PPIs, proton-pump inhibitors; PTX, pneumothorax; TD, travelers’ diarrhea; TIA, transient ischemic attack; TNF, tumor necrosis factor; TST, tuberculin skin test; YF, yellow fever.
a There is a spectrum of airline travel–related risk that depends on the cardiovascular disorder, the defined risk group within the disorder, and the time since the acute event (if applicable). Evidence basis for recommendations is suboptimal, however.
b See Sec. 5, Part 3, Ch. 16, Malaria , for additional details.
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U.S. warns travelers to the Bahamas to be cautious after 18 murders in capital this year
The U.S. State Department on Friday increased its advisory level for would-be travelers to the Bahamas, urging "increased caution," as the nation's capital has recorded 18 murders this year.
The elevation to Level 2 follows a security alert posted Wednesday by the U.S. Embassy in Nassau, which expressed concern that Americans might be victimized by gang violence in the capital.
"Murders have occurred at all hours including in broad daylight on the streets," the embassy said in its alert. "Retaliatory gang violence has been the primary motive in 2024 murders."
U.S. travelers were advised to be especially cautious in Nassau, use caution when out at night anywhere in the Bahamas, "keep a low profile," be aware of the surroundings, don't resist if confronted by robbers, and have and review security plans.
The State Department added that short-term vacation rentals have the added concern of often lacking the kind of private security present at hotels. It said Nassau's gang crime is not fenced out of areas frequented by tourists.
"Violent crime, such as burglaries, armed robberies, and sexual assaults, occur in both tourist and non-tourist areas," it said in its travel advisory.
The State Department also warned that many recreational watercraft rentals, tours and trips are inconsistently regulated and thus come with an additional layer of risk.
"Watercraft may be poorly maintained, and some operators may not have safety certifications," it said. "Always review and heed local weather and marine alerts before engaging in water-based activities."
The department also warned Americans not to swim alone in the Bahamas, where there have been recent shark attacks .
Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis responded on Thursday to the embassy's alert, saying it's unlikely to affect the number of American tourists in his nation, according to Bahamian daily news platform the Tribune .
He added that the United States has a right to issue such alerts, and the Bahamas does the same, the publication said. The U.S. warnings came as Davis pushed for a crackdown on crime that would include modifying the parameters for constitutionally protected bail.
The Bahamas commissioner of police and a spokesperson for the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
On Tuesday, the U.S. State Department raised its advisory level for travel to Jamaica to Level 3 — this urges Americans to reconsider going to a particular country — based on violent crime and inconsistent access to emergency medical services.
Joe Kottke is a researcher at the NBC News Network Desk.
Dennis Romero is a breaking news reporter for NBC News Digital.
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