Before You Leave Home

1. Collect all of your child’s medical records, in English.

In order for us to provide the best care for your child, it is critical that you bring complete, up-to-date medical records for your child. This should include but is not limited to:

  • Medical records including specialists’ reports, history and physical, and lab, radiology scans, pathology slides.
  • A summary letter from your child’s physician that discusses the details of all diagnoses, treatments your child has received, and testing that has been conducted.
  • Contact information for all primary care and specialty physicians
  • A family medical history

When the medical team has access to all this information ahead of time, they can often schedule multiple visits for your child in one day, and get more of your initial appointments done in less time.

2. Verify your visa requirements.

Visa requirements vary by country. Unless you hold a passport from a country participating in the Visa Waiver Program, you must obtain a visa to be admitted to the United States. For country-specific information, please contact your embassy or visit the U.S. Department of State website. Online Visa applications are also available.

3. Make and confirm airline reservations.

There are five international airports near Philadelphia. If you are flying into Philadelphia, you can get to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in about 20 minutes in a taxi or on the train.

Airport Distance from CHOP

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

8.5 mi/ 14 km

Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI)

107 mi/ 172 km

JFK International Airport (JFK)

113 mi/ 182 km

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

158 mi/ 254 km

4. Arrange ground transportation from the airport to Philadelphia.

You’ll need to make arrangements to get from the airport to your final destination in Philadelphia. Visit the ground transportation website of your point of entry to find the best way for your family to reach Philadelphia:

If you have a very ill child who will be directly admitted to CHOP, Global Patient Services will help to coordinate that child’s medical transport. Please call Global Patient Services at 001-267-426-6298 if you have questions about getting to Philadelphia.

5. Make living arrangements in Philadelphia.

CHOP negotiates rates with local hotels, bed and breakfasts, and extended-stay units that are available to international patient families. Ask for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s rate when you call. Accommodations are based on availability. Amenities listed here are subject to change. Please review your options for places to stay in Philadelphia.

6. Pack for your trip.

When you pack for your trip, it is important to remember the medical needs of your child and your family. Make sure to pack things like formula, special foods, and any medical equipment or medications your child needs, as well as your child’s medical and immunization records.

You must also pack your family’s passports and visas, any medications you or your child’s siblings will need while in the United States, and your child’s appointment letter.

Keep in mind that the weather in Philadelphia may be very different from what you are used to at home.


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