Traveling is most people’s favorite thing to do in summer – what’s better than lying on a mediterranean beach or eating some French (see: real) pastries?

However, accidents do happen while traveling abroad. Previously, we wrote about how Airbnbs can be infested with bedbugs. You might get some unknown red marks on your skin. But don’t panic yet. We know it’s hard to get hold of an English-speaking doctor, let alone a board certified dermatologist, while you’re abroad. So we did some research to prepare you for the worst skin disaster.

To have a safe and fun trip, here’s what you need do while you pack your bags.

Get a list of medical service providers at your destination

You can get this list from the U.S. embassy website. Simply click on your destination, which prompt you to its direct site. Look for the tab that says “Local Resoources for U.S. Citizens” or similar phrases. Then, find the “Medical Assistance” link.

US Embassy info

Usually, there’s a list of local medical service providers, including dermatologists. For example, this is a list of Accra, Ghana, which has two dermatologists’ information.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that these providers are endorsed by the U.S. embassies. See this statement from the State Department.

“Please bear in mind that we cannot refer you to a specific doctor or hospital, nor does being on a U.S. embassy or consulate list mean that we recommend that doctor or hospital. We are not responsible or liable for the professional ability or quality of service you may receive from a doctor or a hospital on a list. Names are listed alphabetically and the order in which they appear has no other significance. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the medical professional, medical facility, or air ambulance service.”


Worried about finding a dermatologist abroad? Ask a board-certified dermatologist online!

Check your insurance

See if your existing insurance covers your health care expense in the place you’re going to. Look into a travel insurance policy if it doesn’t or requires you to pay upfront and then reimburse you.


Do research on your destination

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is great for destination-specific information. If you get a insect bite in some countries in Africa, the Pacific Islands, and Asia, you might want to look out for the Zika virus.

Area affected - zika virus


As an alternative, you can always snap a couple photos of your skin problem and send it over to us. Our board-certified will give you suggestions in 24 hours, even when you’re abroad. Have a safe trip! 

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To have a safe and fun trip, here’s what you need do while you pack your bags.

  • Get a list of medical service providers at your destination
  • Check your insurance
  • Get destination-specific health information

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