International Travel with Apps

Tech Travel Travel Risk Management

by Andrew Jernigan, Expatriate Specialist: Insurance/Benefits

If you are venturing into parts unknown then more than likely you are taking a smartphone with you loaded with apps. These tools will help you succeed whether you are a digital nomad, a humanitarian, on a work assignment or adventuring into new cultures due to relationships or in search of a relationship.

Top Apps for Health

1. TravWell

TravWell by the Center for Disease Control (CDC); helps you plan for safe and healthy international travel. Build a trip to get destination-specific vaccine recommendations, a checklist of what you need to do to prepare for travel, and a customizable healthy travel packing list. The app also lets you store travel documents, keep a record of your medications and immunizations, and set reminders to get vaccine booster doses or take medicines while you’re traveling.

Key Features

  • Authoritative recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • During-travel features available offline (no data connection needed)
  • A fully customizable to-do list and packing list
  • Emergency services phone numbers for every destination

2. Yellow Book 2018

CDC Yellow Book 2018; CDC Health Information for International Travel (commonly called the Yellow Book) is published every two years by CDC as a reference for those who advise international travelers about health risks. The Yellow Book is written primarily for health professionals, although others will find it useful. Now travelers and clinicians can access the Yellow Book any time, anywhere. It is currently available in print, online, and as an app for your mobile device!

Key Features

  • Pre-travel vaccinations and preventative care guidelines
  • Easy to use reference maps, tables, and charts
  • Highlight and custom note-taking capabilities
  • Full-Text Search to find specific topics quickly
  • “Favorites” for bookmarking important topics

3. TravelSmart

The TravelSmart app by Allianz Global Assistance is a simple-to-use tool that makes it easier to take advantage of everything your travel insurance has to offer – keeping you safe and your trip on track. From giving you the freedom to view your policy on the go, to making it more convenient to file a claim through the app, TravelSmart offers plenty of helpful features to keep you protected on any trip.

Key Features

  • Flight Status: track your flights and boarding gate updates in real-time
  • International Hospital Search: Locate nearby, pre-screened medical facilities
  • Country Information: Have emergency numbers for police, fire, and ambulance at your fingertips
  • RX and First Aid Terms: Translate medical terms for first aid and medication into 18 languages

4. Travel Health

Travel Health is an iPhone only app. According to the developers: “It is like carrying a medical advisor in your pocket while you are away. No internet connection is required.”

Developed by Dr. Deb Mills has a passion for medicine and travel. She is the medical director of Dr Deb THE Travel Doctor, and has been working in travel medicine for over 25 years. She is one of the pioneers of Travel Medicine in Australia.

Top Travel Apps

1. Mobile Passport

The Mobile Passport App by Airside Mobile lets US citizens skip the line at the airport for US customs & immigration.


2. App in the Air

Your “Personal Flight Assistant” is how this app is described by the developers.


Key Features:

  • Track flights – they split your flight into four stages: Check-inBoardingTake-off and Landing, and it will notify you on any flight-related change.

  • Explore airports – Weather, delays and currency info available for all major airports all over the world.
  • Keep a record of your statistics in “Profile”. Boarding passes, Countries, Airports, Aircraft, Airlines — everything matters.
  • Organize your flights – You can add your trip either by flight number or route, or you can just connect your TripIt account and it will pull your flights automatically for you (including historical flight data).

What apps do you feel should be added? 



Andrew Jernigan, Expatriate Specialist: Insurance/Benefits

Andrew is a licensed insurance broker in property, casualty, health, accident. life and travel lines and has earned the designation of Global Mobility Specialist. Representing many companies for cross-border insurance you can contact him to get the guidance you need, click here to read more.


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