IAMAT |International Association of Medical Assistance to Travellers| IAMAT |International Association of Medical Assistance to Travellers|

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IAMAT membership

How does IAMAT membership work?
IAMAT membership is valid for one year and is renewable with a donation. IAMAT members have access to our extensive trip planning resources, including the Travel Health Planner, Travelling with Medications Series, and personalized answers to your travel health questions.

Donors have full access to all of our travel health services (including the member exclusives listed above) plus our Medical Directory, Guide to Travel Health Insurance, Guide to Healthy Travel, and more.

You don’t need a membership to search our Country Health Advice pages for information on vaccinations and health risks, download tipsheets from our eLibrary, or access our insurance glossary.

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How much does IAMAT membership cost?
There is no fee to join. Membership is valid for one year and renewable with a donation. Your contribution is tax-deductible.

How do I renew my IAMAT membership?
Your membership is renewable with a donation. You can donate securely online or contact us by phone or post. Your donation gives you access to all of our travel health services and supports our health information for travellers and Travel Medicine Scholarships

What amount should I donate to IAMAT?
Any amount is appreciated. You can securely donate online or contact us. We accept VISA, MasterCard, and cheques. Your gift is tax-deductible.

If you are donating by credit card, the transaction on your statement will show as IAMAT (International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers).

I am travelling with my partner and / or children. Do they need to sign up for membership?
Yes. Each individual traveller will receive their own IAMAT member number. Include their first and last names when you complete the Become a Member form.


Organization

Is IAMAT a registered charity?
Yes. We have charitable status in Canada and the USA. If you search for us on government or charity websites, we are also known as the Foundation for the Support of International Medical Training, Inc. in the USA and the Foundation for the Support of International Medical Training (Canada) in Canada.

IAMAT is a Division of the Foundation for the Support of International Medical Training (FSIMT).

Is IAMAT an insurance company?
No. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to travel health.

If you are looking for travel health insurance, you may already be covered under your employee benefits program or credit card services. We suggest purchasing additional travel health insurance if you are concerned about major expenses such as emergency surgery, extended hospital stays, or medical evacuation.

For more information, see our travel health insurance resources

Is IAMAT involved in medical tourism?
IAMAT does not coordinate services for patients who choose to have elective healthcare procedures or surgeries done abroad. We provide travellers with detailed advice on staying healthy during their trip and preventing the spread of infectious diseases.

Are you funded by pharmaceutical or healthcare companies?
No. Our revenue comes from donations from our members which include individuals, businesses, organizations, and travel health clinics. This allows us to remain independent and provide impartial travel health information.


Travel health, vaccinations, and prevention

What is travel health?
Travel health is about awareness and prevention. There are three phases to consider: Pre-trip preparation, staying healthy during your trip, and post-trip follow-up. We specialize in providing pre-trip health advice for travellers. Our Travel Medicine Scholarships provide specialized training to doctors and nurses in countries where travel medicine is an emerging specialty.

What vaccinations do I need?
It depends. To get the proper vaccinations and advice, you need to determine the type of travel, the geographic location of your destination, the duration of your trip, your medical history, and your current health status. Check our Country Health Advice pages for vaccine requirements and recommendations for your destination.

What are routine vaccinations?
Routine immunizations are also known as childhood vaccinations. They include Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Tetanus. We recommend that travellers have these immunizations updated before their trip. Tetanus and Diphtheria, for example, are needed every 10 years while some childhood vaccinations protect you for life. Get in touch with your healthcare practitioner to make sure you are up to date.

What are required and recommended vaccinations?
For entry into some countries, you may be required by law to show proof of vaccination against certain illnesses. Required vaccinations protect the population of the country you are visiting and limit the spread of infectious diseases in your home country. Yellow Fever is one example of a required vaccination.

Recommended vaccinations are suggested to protect the health of travellers during their trip and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases across borders.

What are selective vaccinations?
Selective vaccinations are suggested for people going on specific trips such as visiting rural areas, taking part in work assignments, or planning long-term travel, where they are at higher risk of contracting vaccine-preventable diseases.

How soon before I travel should I get vaccinated?
We recommend getting immunized 6 to 8 weeks in advance. This allows your body to build antibodies (immunity) against infections. Some vaccines are given in 2 or 3 doses and you may have to visit a travel health clinic or healthcare practitioner more than once.

I just found out that I'm leaving on a trip in less than a week. Can I still get vaccinated in such short notice?
Yes! We recommend getting vaccinated in your home country. Be aware of the risk of fake and substandard medication abroad.

How much do travel vaccines cost?
Travel health clinics set their own fees. They usually charge a consultation fee in addition to the price of each travel vaccine. If your family doctor offers immunization services, you may be able to get vaccinated there. (Note that the Yellow Fever vaccination is only available from licensed Yellow Fever centres. See the links below to locate a travel clinic.)

Where can I find a list of travel health clinics nearby?

Check with your national public health agency for travel health clinic listings in other countries.

Where can I find travel health advisories for my destination?

Check with your government's department of foreign affairs for travel health advisories in other countries.

More questions?

If you could not find the answer to your question here, please contact us.


Last reviewed and updated: September 6, 2019

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