Foreign Travel Working Group

Foreign Travel Working Group

The purpose of developing FTWG is to remove any challenges an employee may encounter during their travels so that they can focus entirely on their important projects and successfully meet the mission.

— Dr. James Watt, VP of Life Sciences


To stop a Public Health Emergency, Eagle Medical Services puts boots on the ground at the source. EMS is proud and honored to support global public health missions including the Zika, Ebola, and MERS-CoV surge responses at the site of the outbreaks.

The safety and well-being of our employees is the single most important consideration to EMS during each mission; we developed a Foreign Travel Working Group (FTWG) with extensive experience in global public health expert deployments. Our FTWG is a highly seasoned team that ensures that we provide the most up-to-date travel information to our employees.

EMS uses up-to-the-minute data to maintain the safety and success of our employees. Our FTWG is constantly plugged in to the global community and provides contemporaneous adjustments to mission plans. EMS is committed to leading the deployment of global public health professionals in service to the CDC’s mission.

Our FTWG monitors real-time travel advisories and relies heavily on those offered by the U.S. Department of State travel’s website.


In response to evolving threats, the U.S. Department of State has increased required security training to better educate and prepare U.S. Government personnel who are on foreign travel.

For travel of less than 45 cumulative days within a calendar year to any one or combination of high-threat, high-risk/FACT-mandatory countries, EMS travelers must complete the High Threat Security Overseas Seminar (HTSOS) (HT401).

  • 8-module online course (estimated 5-hour duration)
  • Offered on demand
  • Tuition is $55 (company paid)
  • Training completion certificate is valid for 5 years
  • Valid FACT certificate will satisfy HTSOS requirement


Yellow Book

Every two years the CDC publishes the CDC Health Information for International Travel, commonly known as the Yellow Book. The Yellow Book contains the latest health recommendations for international travel. It is written primarily for health care providers, including doctors, nurses, and pharmacists, who help travelers prepare for upcoming trips. The book offers an in-depth look at travel health risks and ways to prevent them and advice for people with special travel health needs, and more.





Prevent travelers’ diarrhea and other illnesses by using CDC’s Can I Eat This? app. Select the country you’re in and answer a few simple questions about what you’re thinking about eating or drinking, and Can I Eat This? will tell you whether it’s likely to be safe. With Can I Eat This?, you can be more confident that your food and drink choices won’t make you spend your international trip in the bathroom.





CDC’s TravWell app helps you plan for safe and healthy international travel. Build a trip to get destination-specific vaccine recommendations, a checklist of what you need to do to prepare for travel, and a customizable healthy travel packing list. The app also lets you store travel documents, keep a record of your medications and immunizations, and set reminders to get vaccine booster doses or take medicines while you’re traveling.