Checklist for Short-Term Medical Missions Trip

You’re coming.  Now, what?

1. Sign-up  

Signing up is the first step to secure a spot on the team.  To sign up, submit the following documents online:  application form, liability form, and medical license.  (Licenses are not required for students.) 

2. Payment

After your application has been reviewed, we will send information on payment for the trip.  This payment includes all of your trip expenses, including airfare, lodging, meals, and ground transportation.

3. Passport

A passport is required for the trip.  Your passport must be valid for 6 months after the return date per passport regulations.  For more information on how to get a passport, visit    

4. Immunizations

The Yellow Fever immunization is required to enter Côte d’Ivoire.  Contact your local Health Department to check on availability.  When you receive the Yellow Fever shot, you will be given a Yellow Fever booklet.  An Ivoirian Health Department official will check for this booklet when you go through customs in Abidjan.  Other recommended vaccines include Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid Fever, and Tetanus.  We suggest getting your immunizations early as shortages can affect availability.

5. International Travel Doctor’s Appointment

Schedule an appointment with your primary care physician.  Request a prescription for a medication that you will take during your trip to prevent Malaria. 

6. Airfare

The team flights are coordinated through our travel agency.  Each team member will receive an individual itinerary.  Team members are welcome to review their itineraries, and we are available to help with any changes that need to be made. 

7. Visa

A visa is required to enter the country.  It is recommended to apply for your visa 2-3 months before your trip.