Doctor's letter to facilitate travel rarely needed or warranted

February 10, 2022

Many physicians have had patients asking for letters/notes for the purpose of travelling internationally. A doctor’s letter to facilitate travel is rarely needed or warranted. Doctors are not obligated to help patients with their travel arrangements, but can do so at their discretion.

It is recommended that doctors do not agree to provide a letter unless the patient provides a copy of results from an official positive PCR or rapid test that has been obtained within the past 90 days. Home tests are not proof of prior infection. It is the traveler’s responsibility to arrange testing required for travel at a private facility. This is not an insurable service and a charge may be applied.

We've provided a letter template to support clinics receiving these requests.

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