A traveler going abroad with a preexisting medical need should carry a letter from the attending physician describing the medical condition and any prescription medications, including the generic names of prescribed drugs.

Any medications being carried overseas should be left in their original containers and be clearly labeled. NYU cannot guarantee that medications will be permitted into any country. Please do not ship any medications; they will be held in customs and/or confiscated.

Students with the NYU sponsored student health insurance plan should contact Wellfleet at (877) 373-1170 to request a travel abroad override 1 week prior to your travel date. A travel override will allow the pharmacist to provide existing refills in advance which may be enough to cover travel needs. When speaking to the insurance plan, provide them with the travel dates and an authorization may be granted pending insurance coverage verification. For those without NYU sponsored student health insurance, please contact your insurance directly to inquire on the steps to have additional medication dispensed to you. Prescriptions written in the United States are not honored abroad. Please email wellness.exchange@nyu.edu, to confirm availability of medications and make contact with a NYU representative who can help schedule appointments with a local prescriber to obtain refills for medications in the country of study. Please note that students will be required to pay for medications upfront and submit a reimbursement request to their insurance provider.

Although the active ingredient(s) and the amount of each drug in each preparation have been verified, pharmaceutical preparations and their foreign-country equivalents may differ from one another in the inactive components used in the manufacturing process. This may lead to differences in the type of pharmaceutical preparation that is available (e.g., tablet vs capsule), or in the size, shape, color, or surface marking of the preparation. Similarly, liquids may be flavored differently.

Learn more about the health and wellness options at any particular NYU site at nyu.edu/health/global.