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Getting Care When Traveling

You are covered while traveling on business, vacation or when you are moving from one location to another. We recommend that you get any routine care before you travel. How you get care when you're traveling depends on your TRICARE plan and where you are going.

Emergency Care

  • Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
  • You may need to pay up front and file a claim for reimbursement.
  • Keep all receipts and file claims in the region where you live, not where you get the care.

If enrolled in a Prime option, call your primary care manager or regional contractor within 24 hours or the next business day to ensure your care is authorized.

All Other Care Based on Your Plan

TRICARE Prime Options

TRICARE Prime, TRICARE Prime Remote, TRICARE Prime Overseas, TRICARE Prime Remote Overseas, TRICARE Young Adult-Prime Option

  • You must have a referral from your primary care manager (PCM) for urgent care.
  • If you go to an emergency room, contact your PCM or regional contractor as soon as possible after you receive emergency care.
  • Routine care is not authorized.

TRICARE Standard Options

TRICARE Standard and Extra, TRICARE Standard Overseas, TRICARE Young Adult-Standard Option

  • You may visit any TRICARE-authorized provider.
  • You'll save money if you find a network provider.
  • If traveling overseas, you may visit any overseas provider.

Reserve Component Purchased Care Options

TRICARE Reserve Select, TRICARE Retired Reserve

  • You may visit any TRICARE-authorized provider.
  • You'll save money if you find a network provider.
  • If traveling overseas, you may visit any overseas provider.

TRICARE For Life

  • You may visit any Medicare provider for care.
  • If traveling overseas, (in locations other than U.S. Territories), TRICARE is the primary payer.
  • You'll file claims with the overseas claims processor instead of the TFL contractor.

US Family Health Plan

Includes the TRICARE Young Adult-Prime option when you select the US Family Health Plan

  • You must coordinate all care with your designated provider.
Looking for information about the Prime Travel Benefit

If you are referred for specialty care more than 100 miles from your primary care manager, you may qualify to have your travel expenses reimbursed. >>Learn More

Last Updated 11/4/2013