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, labs, radiology scans and 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 four international airports near Philadelphia. If you are flying into Philadelphia, you can get to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in about 20 minutes in a taxi or on the train.
- Philadelphia International Airport (PHL): 8.5 mi/14 km from CHOP
- Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR): 91 mi/146 km
- Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI): 107 mi/172 km from CHOP
- JFK International Airport (JFK): 113 mi/ 182 km from CHOP
- Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD): 158 mi/254 km from CHOP
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:
- Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
- Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
- Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI)
- JFK International Airport (JFK)
- Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
If you have a very ill child who will be directly admitted to CHOP, our Global Patient Services transport nurse will help to coordinate your 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.
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Center for Families 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.