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Each country has its own laws regarding discrimination against and accessibility for persons with disabilities. Before you travel, visit travel.state.gov/destination. Find information for travelers with disabilities in the Local Laws & Special Circumstances section. In some countries, there is little to no requirement for accessibility.
Preparing for your trip is critical:
Before traveling, you should research taking a service animal abroad:
Research whether the airline follows specific rules for your assistive devices and equipment. These may include wheelchairs, portable machines, batteries, respirators, and oxygen. You could be required either to take such items only as checked baggage, or only as carry-ons. Security screening in the departing and arriving airports may also have specific rules for such equipment.
Check with your physician before traveling overseas. Understand what health care you may need during your trip. Your health insurance plan may not provide coverage overseas. We strongly recommend supplemental medical insurance and medical evacuation plans. Remember that U.S. Medicare / Medicaid does not provide coverage overseas. Private health insurance plans may not cover claims. If they do, they may require you to pay costs directly before getting reimbursed.
While some airports have real-time alerts appearing on screens, not all have this feature. If you need real-time information related to your travel, sign up for alerts with your airline. Check with your airline’s service desk. You can get up-to-date information like gate changes, delays, and cancellations.