Travel Consult- Recommended/Strongly Recommended

Travel Consult (shots & prescriptions ) Appointments - RECOMMENDED / STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

1. Students going to Botswana, Ghana, India, and South Africa are required to complete their health clearances at UCSB Student Health Services but may go to their own providers for their Travel Consults (shots and Rxs).

2. If you need a travel consult appointment, you may schedule one at UCSB Student Health Services, your private insurance provider, or a local travel clinic. Take action on this ASAP since the next available appointment may be weeks away.

3. It is critical to consider vaccine-preventable diseases that may be easily transmitted during travel, especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition. Also, if you will be traveling to a malaria-endemic region, you may need to take malaria prophylaxis, in addition to taking mosquito avoidance measures.

4. Carefully review the UCSB EAP immunizations section of this site.

Travel Consult Appointment Requests at UCSB

Step 1: Book this through the Student Health website using the “Join a Line” link to talk with the Appointment Desk.  Tell them you need a “Travel Consult for <insert country/countries to which you will be traveling>”

Step 2: A questionnaire will be sent to you that must be completed prior to the visit

Step 3: A packet and handouts will be sent to you ahead of the visit that must be read, as this visit will be a Q & A session. 

Travel Consult related costs at UCSB Student Health Services

Although the UCEAP student travel insurance does not cover the cost of most vaccinations, the exception is for Malaria Prophylaxis. UC has purchased a special insurance rider for UCEAP participants to be reimbursed the cost of Malaria Prophylaxis if it is picked up, and paid for within the term of coverage (i.e. no more than 14 days before the official start-date of the UCEAP program).

The travel consult and immunizations are covered by UC SHIP insurance.  GAP covers the travel consult only.  Students who have GAP or have waived the Student Health insurance will be charged for the immunizations.  They may request an itemized bililng statement to submit to the outside insurance carrier for consideration of reimbursement.