Currently one out of every five people living in the U.S. today has some sort of disability. This adds up to roughly 55 million (about 20%) of our nation’s population. For those living with a disability travel may be a bit challenging but far from impossible with a bit of preparation.
Each country has its own unique set of laws concerning accessibility for people with disabilities. Before booking your trip, you should always:
- Ensure your passport meets validity requirements:
- Check to see if a visa is needed to enter the country:
- Read the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) webpage for travelers with disabilities and medical conditions on the TSA website or if you prefer you can call them at 855-787-2227. They can answer any questions you may have concerning screening policies, security checkpoints, as well as specific information about your particular situation.
- Browse the U.S. State Departments human rights report for information about your destination country to educate yourself with as much knowledge as possible prior to your flight.
- If you travel with special equipment or a service animal, you should contact the United States Consulate or Embassy in your destination country. They will be able to inform you about current quarantine, vaccination and documentation requirements for a service animal as well as any specific policies there may be concerning wheelchairs, respirators, oxygen machines and any other portable equipment.
- Call and consult with your travel agent, hotels, airline, or any other applicable entity prior to booking to make any required arrangements necessary for your arrival and ensure they can accommodate you adequately.
- Consult with your physician before booking travel to another country to help gather as much information as possible about what care, medication, or equipment you may need during your trip.
- Check with your health insurance provider to ensure coverage in the country you’re traveling to. If not, you may want to purchase supplemental medical insurance specifically for the duration of your trip.
We hope this is helpful and that this list can help ensure your trip is fun and stress free which is what travel should be. We wish everyone safe travel always.