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20 Rules to Make Holiday Travel Safer

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16. Know the location of hospitals where you are travelling

The State Department helps provide access to information on medical care outside the country. Get information yourself about medical facilities at your destination when you travel domestically.

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17. Monitor your vital signs

Take a thermometer, blood pressure cuff, and pulse oxygen saturation monitor with you. This way you can evaluate the basic vital signs that are often abnormal with COVID-19.

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18. Consider travel medical insurance

Decide if you want to purchase travel medical insurance in case you become ill with COVID-19 while travelling out of the country. Almost no U.S. insurance policies cover illness and hospitalization when you are abroad.

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19. Pack medication

Take your own over-the-counter meds with you in case you are sick away from home and there are no 24-hour pharmacies where you are travelling.

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20. Be aware of quarantine rules

If you become infected with COVID-19, remember that you will need to quarantine away from everyone. That means that you will be in a room alone and will need to have food delivered, which will stay in the room with you until you have met the requirements for quarantine in the host country and are allowed to leave isolation. Then you must remain in the host country until you have met the requirements for re-entry into the United States.

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