Facilities vary based on whether you travel in the more westerly (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) or more easterly (Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary) countries of the region.
It is unlikely that you will encounter unusual health problems in Western Europe, and if you do, standards of care are world-class. It’s also important to have health insurance for your trip.
- Bring medications in their original, clearly labelled containers.
- Bring a list of your prescriptions (photocopies of the containers are good) including generic names, so you can get replacements if your bags go on holiday – carry this info separately.
- If you have health problems that may need treatment, bring a signed and dated letter from your physician describing your medical conditions and medications.
- If carrying syringes or needles, have a physician’s letter documenting their medical necessity.
- If you need vision correction, carry a spare pair of contact lenses or glasses, and/or take your optical prescription with you.
Though no vaccinations are specifically required for Central Europe, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that all travellers should be covered for diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella and polio. Be aware that most vaccines don't produce immunity until at least two weeks after they're given.
Availability & Cost of Health Care
Good, basic health care is readily available.
- In the east of the region, hospitals are most common in major cities.
- Pharmacies provide valuable advice on small issues, sell over-the-counter medicine and advise when more specialised help is required.
- The standard of dental care is usually good.
- Embassies, consulates, tourist offices and five-star hotels can usually recommend doctors or clinics with English-speaking staff.