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The U.S. government does not provide insurance for U.S. citizens overseas. We do not pay medical bills or unexpected cost. We highly recommend that you purchase insurance before you travel. Please review the country information page for your destination before you travel. For more information on health, visit our page on Your Health Abroad.
Before you go, consider your insurance options.
Travel Health Insurance pays for emergency and/or routine medical services overseas.
If you have health insurance in the United States, find out if it covers emergencies that happen abroad. More information is available on our page about Your Health Abroad.
If your health insurance coverage is not adequate, consider buying a short-term supplemental policy. Look for a policy that will make payments to hospitals directly.
Familiarize yourself with your travel and medical coverage before going overseas.
Additional information is available on the CDC insurance page
Travel insurance varies widely, so you should carefully read the terms of an insurance policy to make sure it fits your needs. Before selecting a Travel Insurance, make sure it covers: