Since you cannot use your U.S. medical plan's ID card to pay for health care when you are outside the U.S., NYU offers international medical coverage and 24-hour emergency assistance through Aetna Global Benefits.
Aetna Global Benefits has established relationships with leading hospitals and health networks throughout the world to help members easily access and pay for global health care. Without this coverage, if you need health care while traveling outside the U.S., you must pay for the services received and submit a claim for reimbursement when you return.
Please note, in order to have this coverage, you will need to register through the Benefits Office at least 2 weeks prior to your planned departure.
Failure to have proper visas and work permits could open NYU to liability under the immigration, tax, and employment laws of your destination country. Many countries require possession of a valid entry visa, as well as a work permit. In addition, some countries require an exit visa in order to be allowed to return home.
You should also check the expiration date on your passport, since many countries will not allow you to enter if your passport is not valid at least 6 months or longer beyond the dates of your trip.
The type of immunizations needed will vary by country and often depend upon the types of activities you are planning. Illnesses such as tetanus, pneumonia, polio, influenza, and measles-mumps-rubella are still a threat in some parts of the world. It is critical that you update your immunizations well in advance of your departure in order for the vaccine to take effect.
Some countries may require International Certificates of Vaccination. In addition, an increasing number of countries require that foreigners be tested for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) prior to entry.
Prescription medications, even if they are for legitimate health conditions, may come under intense scrutiny by foreign officials. In some countries, drugs that are legal and readily available in the U.S. could be considered illegal, require a prescription, or arouse the suspicions of local officials and customs and immigration authorities. The Office of Global Programs can help you prepare for appropriate precautions when traveling with such supplies.
Regardless of the location or duration or your international assignment, proper preparation can reduce the likelihood of misfortune. If you travel overseas on NYU business and you do not register your travel prior to departure, you may not be fully covered by NYU's insurance plans. You may also be required to pay the full cost of any medical treatment at the time the service is rendered.
Making the Most of the Benefits Resource Center (BRC)
The Benefits Resource Center is a secure website, provided by NYU, which contains in-depth, personalized information about your medical, dental, life, disability, and tax-advantaged plans (health and dependent care flexible spending accounts, and commuter benefits). It also contains tools and resources that can help you make decisions about the benefits that are best for you and your family.
You will need your NYU NetID (network identification) and password to login to the Benefits Resource Center.
When you login to the Benefits Resource Center, the information that is displayed is customized for you. By using your NYU NetID and password to access the Benefits Resource Center, you are recognized as the owner of your benefits information. You can have a greater sense of security knowing this authentication enables the system to ensure your privacy, and you can rely on the accuracy of the data.