Planning International Travel this Summer? Check Your Coverage Options

Planning International Travel this Summer? Check Your Coverage Options

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Are you planning to travel outside the U.S.? Whether work sends you abroad or you travel for fun, the key is to be prepared. Before you travel, learn about your international health insurance options in case you need care while you’re away.

Coverage Options

Whether you have health coverage through an employer or an individually purchased plan, you have options for coverage when you’re traveling outside the U.S.

If you have a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas plan through your job, you may have Blue Cross Blue Shield Global Core. leaving site icon Log in to your Blue Access for MembersSM account or talk to your benefits administrator to find out if you have Global Core.

Global Core allows you to use your medical coverage outside the U.S. Note that providers outside the U.S. may not be set up to handle copays and deductibles at the time of service. You may have to pay full costs up front and submit a claim when you return to the U.S. Also, your plan may not cover all costs for care you receive outside the U.S., such as medical evacuation.

Whether or not your plan offers Global Core, GeoBlue® travel medical plans may be an option for you. These plans cover illnesses, injuries and medical emergencies abroad for people up to age 95, even if they aren’t a member of a BCBSTX plan.

Tips for Travel Outside of the U.S.
  1. Check your international benefits with your plan before leaving the United States. Benefits may be different outside the country.
  2. Talk to your independent, authorized agent or broker or visit our GeoBlue page to compare plans and see what best fits your travel needs.
  3. Review guidance from the U.S. State Department leaving site icon on travel restrictions, alerts and other important details.

No matter where you go, be sure to carry your member ID card

Traveler’s Checklist: Protect Your Health While You Travel

Whatever kind of vacation you like, there’s one thing that makes it go better — planning. A good first step as you plan your trip is to make sure you have everything you need to stay safe and healthy. No one wants sickness or injury to be part of your trip. But it’s best to be prepared.

Originally published 7/28/2015; Revised 2017, 2021, 2023, 2024