Travel advisory service

Planning a trip outside the United States? Our travel advisory service offers health advice tailored to your destinations, activities, and medical history. The appointments are phone consultations.

Our travel nurses are certified by the International Society of Travel Medicine and work under the direction of Kaiser Permanente's Infectious Disease physicians.

This service isn't a covered benefit.

Common questions about our travel service

Your travel visit

A travel nurse will conduct a risk assessment by reviewing your travel plans, health status, and immunization history.  During the phone visit, she will make recommendations, and together you will decide what vaccines and prescriptions you need.

Your discussion will include information about preventing illness and injury during your trip. Particular risks will be addressed as needed, including how to prevent malaria and other mosquito-transmitted diseases, manage traveler’s diarrhea, avoid and treat altitude illness, and manage safety issues associated with certain types of adventure travel.

The travel nurse will contact your primary care physician to authorize travel immunizations and medicines, and your consultation becomes part of your medical record. You will receive a copy of your travel advice in your Kaiser Permanente member site online records, or by postal mail.

How to make an appointment

Contact us as soon as you can. Ideally, your phone consultation should be done at least four to six weeks before departure. However, even if you are leaving soon, the nurse can help you get needed travel vaccinations and medications.

To call for an appointment:

  • Seattle area: 206-326-3488
  • Toll-free: 1-800-562-6300; ask the operator to transfer you to ext. 3488

To schedule online, you must be registered on the Kaiser Permanente member website. Sign on, go to Appointments, and choose "other providers."

When you make your appointment, have this information ready:

  • Your Kaiser Permanente member ID, and member IDs of family members traveling with you.
  • Your departure date, length of stay, and the countries you will visit.
  • Any vaccines you or your family members have received outside of Kaiser Permanente medical offices.