Traveling with a Disability

While lots of us were locked in place over the past 18 months, a great many people found themselves changing locations. They took advantage of the freedom to work from anywhere. Or they are now choosing among the many employment opportunities, trying something – or someplace – new.

Deciding to move, or merely travel, involves more implications when you or a family member has a disability. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources. For example:

ETIAS: Step-by-Step Guide to Traveling with a Disability
European Travel Information and Authorisation System resource for Schengen countries

International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT): Traveling with Accessibility Needs

Mobility International USA: Advancing disability rights

United Nations: Disability Laws by Country

Wheelchair Travel: Resources and Destination-specific

In addition, consult agencies and organizations that provide guidance on pertinent issues for you, including:

– Mobility and transportation accessibility at airports, on trains, city sidewalks, and public spaces.

– Regulations for travel with prescriptions or medical equipment.

– Physicians or treatment facilities on route or at your final location.

– Travel and quarantine requirements for service dogs or emotional support animals.

– Local availability of therapies and trained support professionals.

– Advice/networks to assist in preparing for and meeting the person’s physical or emotional/behavioral needs in transit and at the destination.

Find these resources, and others, in Living Abroad’s International Relocation Center in our ‘Healthy & Safety’ section under Best of the Web.

Written by Ellen Harris, GMS, Product Manager, Content Group