Health and Safety Tips for Travelers
We strongly recommend that you visit the U.S. Department of States’ website http://travel.state.gov/, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, https://www.cdc.gov/, which includes important information on foreign travel.
Use common sense while vacationing abroad.
For example, if you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation. In addition, be cognizant of the effects of mixing alcohol and certain medications. Should someone in your party become ill while on vacation, alert the resort front desk for immediate medical attention or call the emergency number provided by the resort.
Also advise your Travel Consultant as soon as possible, who may be able to provide assistance. If you have medical issues or concerns about medical services, you need to contact your hotel/cruise medical personal with specific questions. Please be aware that medical standards and training of emergency responders and resort medical facilities vary greatly, and health care abroad may not be the same as you might expect at home.
It may be standard policy for hospitals and medical providers abroad to require cash payment upfront for services. Check with your insurance provider regarding claims for reimbursement. Sports and aquatic equipment, especially scuba gear, may not meet U.S. safety standards and many resort pools and beaches may lack lifeguards. Balcony railing heights in Mexico are lower than the mandated heights in the United States, and also may be lower in other countries. Low balcony railings create a risk of falls, which may result in serious injury or death. In tropical climates, we strongly recommend the use of insect repellent, especially during rainy season; seek shade in order to avoid heat exhaustion, and stay hydrated. Bottled drinking water is recommended.