Planning to travel abroad? Here's the process to get immunizations, prescriptions and advice that are tailored to your destination and health condition.
Eligibility: UHS Travel Health Services are available only to individuals who are affiliated with the University of Michigan. If you are NOT affiliated with U-M, please see instead U-M Health System Overseas Travel Clinic.
Travel coordinators, we would like to work with you to serve your students. See For Travel Coordinators for information about group clinics and more.
Step 1. Learn Recommendations/Requirements and Prepare
Plan ahead! Learn any visa and U-M program requirements. Start as soon as your travel plans are confirmed, preferably at least 6-8 weeks before departure, because:
- Some immunizations take weeks to reach optimum effectiveness, and some are given in series.
- Appointments are limited before peak travel times (December, before Spring Break, April and May).
- You may need time to locate your immunization records, which you need in order for UHS staff to give you additional immunizations.
Wondering what UHS nurses might recommend? For general recommendations, you could look up your destination(s) on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention travel website.
Step 2. Complete Form and Schedule an Appointment
A. Download, complete and submit our Travel Health Services Form. You need to complete and submit the form before scheduling your Travel Health Services appointment, so plan on submitting the form 4-6 weeks before you travel. You can save the form to your system with a new name, then complete and send via the instructions on the form. The form includes information about your itinerary, health needs and prior immunizations.
Download Travel Health Services Form (PDF)
B. After you submit your form, you will be contacted by phone and/or email within 2-3 business days to schedule. (If you do not hear from a scheduler within 3 business days, call 734-764-8320.) If you are traveling with a U-M group/program, tell the scheduler the group/program's name and approximate dates of travel. If you need a physical for travel, schedule it separately.
Step 3. Complete Online Travel Health Education Program
We encourage you to complete the online education program if your destination is NOT on the following list of low health risk countries:
Go to Travel Health Education Program Now
Step 4. At Your Visit
Be sure to bring any health forms that you need to have completed
You are responsible for payment of any fees at time of visit. Check your insurance coverage and any program coverage before this visit. If you are a currently enrolled UM student, the clinic visit is covered, but payment for vaccinations and medications is your responsibility. See Payment.
If you will need prescriptions or want to purchase other products for travel, allow additional time to visit the UHS Pharmacy. The Pharmacy sells the following non-prescription travel-related products:
- Imodium AD ® caplets, generic, for diarrhea
- Pepto-Bismol ® liquid and tablets, generic, for diarrhea, nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach
- Ultrathon ™ insect repellant lotion, contains 34% DEET, repels mosquitos, biting flies, chiggers, fleas, deer and stable flies
- Permanone ® spray, insect repellant against mosquitoes and ticks, for clotihing and gear
- Sawyer ® clothing treatment kit, soak to repel and kill mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, mites
- Mobasa Defender ™, a personal mosquito net pretreated with repellant
For additional information, see:
Allergy, Immunization and Travel Health Clinic for clinic hours and costs
Travel Health Checklist
Travel Abroad Health Insurance
For Travel Coordinators for information about group clinics and more