Travel Assistance 101: What is Political Evacuation?

In recent years, we’ve encountered a lot of turmoil around the world. In 2011, political upheaval in Egypt changed the tourist-friendly country into a destination that many considered unsafe. The events in Egypt quickly sparked the Arab Spring with political uprisings and civil unrest occurring throughout much of the Middle East. And while the Middle…

Destination Spotlight: 5 Things You Should Know About Traveling to Cuba

For 60+ years, travel to Cuba from the U.S. has been the “forbidden fruit” that many travelers have been dying to taste. And since the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC ) lifted some travel restrictions and continues to grant People-to-People licenses to select tour operators, American travelers are finally allowed to visit Cuba…legally. But…

Common Infectious Travel Diseases…and How to Avoid Them

In a quest for off the beaten path travel experiences, finding the perfect balance between fun and safety isn’t always easy. You don’t want to miss out on exotic foods, beverages and activities when you travel to faraway lands, but take the wrong risks and you could end up with some unhealthy surprises. We’ve put…

On Call in Action: Asthma Attack in Malawi

Whether you’re traveling for business, school, or pleasure, it’s safe to say that things don’t always go as planned. (Good thing you always remember to pack your On Call card!) But here’s the thing: unless you’ve actually experienced a travel emergency (a broken leg, lost prescription, stolen passport, or even a legal mix-up), it’s hard…

Q&A with On Call’s Dr. Wheeler: Medical Care in Sub-Saharan Africa

It’s no secret that more and more companies are doing business in Africa. In June 2012, President Obama issued the U.S. Strategy toward Sub-Saharan Africa, committing the United States to enhancing economic growth, trade, and investment in the region. According to the campaign, U.S. trade to and from Africa has tripled over the past decade and Africa is…

Honeymoon Travel: A How-to Guide for a Safe and Healthy Trip

Planning a honeymoon or destination wedding? Lucky you (and congratulations)! No matter where you and your fiancé are headed, here is some advice for making your trip of a lifetime safe, healthy and worry-free. Passports and Visas: Generally speaking, countries have little tolerance for those who arrive without proper documentation. Instead, they’ll refuse to let…

Your Guide for Healthy Travel to Developing Countries

Recent studies suggest that more than 50 million people from industrialized nations travel to developing countries each year (Travel to Developing Countries, ADAM Health Illustrated Encyclopedia). Whether it’s for leisure, or you’re traveling to these destinations for work or study, there are plenty of precautions you can take to protect your health and well-being while…