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:

  • a detailed medical history including a summary letter from the physician supervising your child’s care
  • results of any diagnostic tests, as well as actual images and pathology slides and reports a list of your child’s medications including names doses and preparations
  • 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 The 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

Reagan National Airport

139 mi/ 224 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, International Patient Services will help to coordinate that child’s medical transport. Please call International 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 The 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.

Contact Us

Reach an International Care Coordinator at:

001-267-426-6298