Translation Cards

HELLO in eight different languagesTranslation cards are essential to your gluten-free travel. These are cards in many languages and they will alert your server about your dietary restrictions. I have used these cards in Italy, the Czech Republic, and even in restaurants in New York City. They are an easy way to bridge the communication gap and speak openly about your gluten-free diet. I suggest using more than one to get your point across when traveling. In my experience, most restaurant staff are happy to comply.

Updated: March 21, 2018

Free Translation Cards Translation Cards
The gluten free restaurant cards from are free but donations are suggested. As of May 2011, these cards are available in 51 languages.
Free Translation Card iPhone App
Same as above, but for your iPhone.

Brokerfish Food Allergy Cards
International Health Insurance company Brokerfish has created eight different food allergy cards in six different languages. You can download a PDF or PNG (image) file of each card and use these on your travels. The current cards include dairy, nuts, eggs, wheat, soy, shellfish, and gluten in French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanes, and Thai. There is even an EMERGENCY cards that helps you communicate that you  need immediate medical attention.
Free in 6 languages

Hindi Gluten-Free Restaurant Card
Created by the Celiac Society Rajasthan, these gluten-free restaurant cards are translated into Hindi. They “provide you their Gluten Free Restaurant Card to speak to service staff and they will really pleased to get the ‘card’ to avoid the pressure of understand your actual request. Subsequently, conveying the same not verbally to their chef.”
Free in 1 language

Paid Translation Cards

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SelectWisely provides health and travel translation cards and services to people with food allergies and other medical conditions. The cards improve communication when traveling in countries where foreign languages are spoken. Cards also used in local restaurants and are available in English as well. Gluten-Free, Gluten-Free Asia & Europe cards, and Gluten-Free & Milk Allergy card available.
Price varies. 

AllergyTranslation Cards
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Specialized Allergy Cards
– Cards list specific allergens (e.g. peanut, tree nut, fish, wheat) and contain more details for restaurants on what foods may contain those allergens.
Customized Allergy Cards – Allows you to create a personalized card where you can choose up to 10 allergens from our database of 200. This is a great option for people with multiple food allergies, or rare allergies.
$8.00 per card per language

Triumph Dining Cards
Order gluten-free and safely in ten languages: English, Chinese, French, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Spanish (Mexican), Thai, and Vietnamese. Tailored to each cuisine. (Japanese card prohibits imitation crab, soy sauce, and tempura; Mexican card prohibits flour tortillas, etc.)
$20.95 for ten cards in ten languages

Dietary Card
A UK-based company. For diners coping with coeliac/celiac disease or another medical condition necessitating a strict gluten-free diet, DietaryCard offer a discounted Classic Coeliac Card or the very similar Custom Card 1 (Coeliac version) dependent on your choice of language.
Price varies; 18 languages available. 

Allergic Traveler International Dietary Alert Cards
Food allergies? Dine anywhere with less worry. Whether you’re dining in Chinatown or Hong Kong, Little Italy or Rome, or your own hometown, now you can communicate your dietary allergies to waiters and chefs in virtually any language. They are available in wallet size or luggage format. They are durable, customized and discreet. Available in more than 17 languages. Wallet size is popular with teenagers and adults. Luggage size is popular with young kids for their back packs while at sleep overs or on school trips.
$12.95 + $5.95 S&H (2 identical wallet size, laminated cards); $13.95 + $5.95 S&H (2 identical luggage tag size, laminated cards)

Gluten-Free Passport Dining Cards
In order to navigate your way in foreign countries, it is important to effectively communicate your needs in the native language. Gluten-Free Passport has compiled various gluten-free dining cards, phrases and a multi-lingual phrase guide to help you during your journeys.
$4.99 and up

The DELICARDO foodcard is made for food allergy and intolerance sufferers, or people on restrictive diets, who want to take the frustration out of eating out. Avoid elaborate explanations and requests while dining by handing a DELICARDO foodcard containing all of your dietary do’s and don’ts over to the service personnel. With the precise and discrete card, the chef will be informed of what you can’t eat, what foods may contain allergens and what foods you can eat without risk of an allergic reaction. DELICARDO offers both standard and personalized Foodcards.
Price varies. 

Coeliac Sanctuary Coeliac and Other Dietary Needs Travel Cards
Double sided, extra thick Coeliac travel cards, designed to help restaurants help you eat safely. One languages per card, for Coeliacs with other allergies and/or dietary requirements. Made in the UK but shipped worldwide.
Starting at £1.99

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  5. imete says:

    glutenfree passport is not free anymore …

  6. Kat says:

    The celiac travel iPhone app is such low resolution, pixelated and small text for each card they are barely legible. It’s a great idea, but poorly executed.

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  9. Lilia Sawyer says:

    It looks like SelectWisely is no longer. Their domain is available for purchase. Bummer.

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  20. cherie yelton says:

    im trying to download gf card for laos but its not showing up on list. can you help me out.

  21. Tomasz says:

    first of all – congratulations for the blog and the 8th anniversary 🙂

    All these cards are really useful but in my opinion none of them is 100% complete, in a way or another. For example, some don’t mention unthinkable (for non-celiacs) sources of gluten like soy sauce and others don’t explain how to prepare a meal safely (read: cross-contamination). That’s why when I was in Thailand I had difficulties using a particular one so, you guessed it, I created my own. Thanks to this post, I was able to find all available cards and I wrote down the texts of ALL of them. Then I merged it into one and had it translated to Thai. Since I was pretty satisfied with my version I though other people could benefit from it, too, so that’s why I made it public and later had it translated into other languages. You can check out my cards here: (I offer both physical cards as well as the mobile app).

    Cheers and whatever card you might choose: happy an SAFE travels!

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