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.

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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.