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Each country has its own laws regarding accessibility for, or discrimination against, persons with physical, sensory, intellectual, or mental disabilities. Before you travel, visit travel.state.gov/destination and enter the name of a country or area to find information for travelers with disabilities in the Local Laws & Special Circumstances section. Unlike the United States, enforcement of accessibility and other laws relating to persons with disabilities is inconsistent.
Preparing for your trip is critical:
Before traveling, you should research taking a service animal abroad:
Research whether the airline follows specific policies for devices such as wheelchairs, portable machines, batteries, respirators, and oxygen. The airport/security screening in the departing and arriving airports may also have specific policies.
Consult with your physician before traveling overseas to identify health care needs during your trip. If your health insurance plan does not provide coverage overseas, we strongly recommend supplemental medical insurance and medical evacuation plans. Remember that Medicare does not provide coverage overseas. Private insurance plans may require you to pay for costs directly before getting reimbursed.
Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier for the U.S. embassy or consulate to help in an emergency.