A visit to a Mayo Clinic travel medicine clinic before you depart on an international trip can help ensure a safer, smoother experience.
If you're planning a trip overseas, make one of your first stops a consultation with specialists in the travel medicine clinics at Mayo's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. Availability of services may vary among locations. Please confirm when you request an appointment.
You meet with a travel medicine specialist who is knowledgeable about current health risks worldwide and who will promote safe and healthy travels by offering counseling, recommendations, vaccinations, prescriptions and, if needed, a referral to another expert for complex medical conditions.
You might be eligible for virtual pretravel consultations. If you're interested in this option, talk with the patient appointment specialist when you contact us to schedule an appointment.
COVID-19 and international travel
International travel has become more complex due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and some countries have exit and entry requirements. Your travel medicine specialist will be able to help you prepare for these requirements so that you have a smoother travel experience.
Before your trip
Schedule an appointment for a pretravel consultation with a Mayo Clinic travel medicine clinic well before you depart so the travel medicine specialist can help you prepare. Ideally, this appointment would occur as soon as travel plans are established and at least two weeks — and preferably 4-8 weeks — before departure. When requesting an appointment for pretravel consultation, be prepared to inform the patient appointment specialist of the following:
- All countries being visited
- Dates and duration of travel
- Any unusual circumstances
At or preferably before the appointment, you will want to provide copies of all available immunization records (including the International Certificate of Vaccination, commonly referred to as the yellow card). Doing so will expedite your clinic visit and may decrease the number of vaccines you are advised to receive.
Your in-depth pre-travel consultation may include:
- A country-by-country assessment of all health risks specific for your travel itinerary, such as exotic infectious agents, altitude sickness and heat exhaustion
- A review of your medical and immunization history profile with advice for health promotion and illness prevention
- Advice for the high-risk traveler
- Immunization recommendations, counseling and administration of vaccines to prevent illnesses
- Vector precautions counseling
- Malaria prevention counseling, with prescriptions if needed
- Traveler's diarrhea counseling for prevention and self-treatment, with antibiotic prescription if needed
- Identification of health resources in the countries you'll be visiting
- Counseling on travel-related risks such as altitude sickness, with preventive prescriptions if needed
- An opportunity to ask questions about the unique health and safety concerns for your travel itinerary
You will leave your travel medicine clinic appointment with much helpful and up-to-date information.
After your trip
- Depending on where you're going and for how long, the travel clinic may recommend a routine follow-up evaluation after your return.
- If you return sick, the travel clinic staff members are Mayo Clinic infectious diseases experts who provide comprehensive post-travel consultations for evaluation and treatment of travel-related illness, including parasitic and other diseases common to tropical regions but uncommon in the United States.
Oct. 15, 2019