Health-related travel assistance aims to ensure that conditions of public health concern are managed across geographical, health system and epidemiological boundaries, and that health is adequately addressed throughout travel.  

Pre-departure medical procedures are undertaken in preparation for safe and dignified travel, adjusted for individual needs that may have been identified during the migration health assessment. This may include referral for stabilization treatment to support the readiness and ability to travel. Pre-embarkation checks are a component of this, carried out just prior to departure to assess fitness to travel, to mitigate against the risk of any deterioration of medical conditions and to avoid jeopardizing the safety and well-being of migrants themselves or other passengers.  

Medical escort services may also be provided for migrants needing medical assistance throughout their journey under IOM’s care, as well as supplemental oxygen, mobility support and coordinating with receiving service providers to ensure smooth handover on arrival.