Preparing for Your Visit

To help you prepare for your visit, we've developed the following checklist with links to useful pages and resources. If you're traveling to Boston Children's Hospital from outside the United States, please contact the International Center at 1-617-355-5209 or international.center@childrens.harvard.edu for more information on any of these items or steps.

Patient Checklist

  • Register your child as a patient
    You must complete the four-step process to arrange care for your child, which involves medical review, cost estimates, financial screening, and appointment scheduling.
  • Check visa requirements
    Unless you hold a passport from a Visa Waiver Program country, you must obtain a visa to be admitted to the United States for medical care. For specific information by country, please visit the U.S. Department of State (online visa applications are available). You may also contact the International Center for assistance at 1-617-355-5209 or international.center@childrens.harvard.edu.
  • Confirm your appointment with the International Center
    Contact the International Center at 1-617-355-5209 or international.center@childrens.harvard.edu to confirm your first appointment.
  • Research airplane tickets
    Boston is home to one of the busiest International airports in the world, Logan International. To find an airline that has routes from your country (or a neighboring one) to Boston, Massachusetts, please visit the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport).
  • Locate accommodations
    Boston Children's Hospital is located in the Longwood Medical Area, home to Harvard Medical School and several prestigious medical centers. Due to the number of patients from around the world who travel here for expert care, many hotels in the community offer affordable accommodations - and, in some cases, special discounts -- for patients and families. Contact the International Center at 1-617-355-5209 or international.center@childrens.harvard.edu for help with reservations.
  • Request an interpreter
    Our interpreters and translation services are available to any family that requests them. Please let us know before your arrival if you'll need interpreter support during your visit.
  • Talk to your child
    You should try to prepare your child for the visit as much as possible. If your child knows what to expect, they're likely to be calmer and more comfortable during their stay at the hospital.