Travel Insurance With Medical Conditions

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Travel insurance - Important Coronavirus update

As of 04:00 BST on 4 October, the current traffic light system will change for travel abroad.

The new system will be simplified to just a red list. However there’s still a risk that non-red countries could move to the red list on short-notice.

A PCR test is required on day two of your return from a non-red list country.

If a traveller has not had two vaccinations, a covid-19 test is still required ahead of travel as well as PCR tests on day two and eight of your return. Test to release is also available to reduce the self-isolation period.

Some insurers might not offer covid cover to unvaccinated travellers so check your policy details.

Make sure you check the FCDO advice before travelling and the entry requirements for your destination.

travel insurance with medical conditions

Can I get travel insurance if I have pre-existing medical conditions?

Yes. Travel insurers will still cover you for most conditions, but you'll have a limited choice. Not all providers will offer to cover you.

If the insurer expects you’ll need treatment during your trip, that means you’re a greater risk and more likely to make a claim. Your premium will probably be more expensive than if you are travelling without a medical condition.

Your travel insurance will cover you for medical treatment, repatriation, cancellation cover, loss of theft of your luggage or personal belongings.

Travelling with serious pre-existing medical conditions

Our panel includes travel insurance providers that can give you a quote for policies with cover for many declared serious medical conditions.

If you have more extreme and serious medical conditions, Money and Pension Service (MaPs) has launched a directory of insurance providers who may be able to give you a quote over the phone.

You can find the directory at the Money Advice Service or call MaPs on 0800 138 7777.

What conditions will I need to declare?

You’ll need to declare if you, or anyone else, covered under your policy has been diagnosed with or treated for a range of conditions.

Pregnancy isn’t a medical condition.

You should be covered if you have a pregnancy-related emergency while on your trip, provided you’re not travelling specifically to give birth, you haven’t had any complications and you haven't travelled past the point they're willing to insure you.

If you’re concerned, speak to your insurer.

  1. A terminal condition 

    Such as Parkinson’s Disease or dementia

  2. Any heart or respiratory conditions

    Including heart disease, asthma or lung disease

  3. Any circulatory conditions

    For example, problems with blood flow, including strokes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol

  4. Any liver conditions

    Such as cirrhosis, liver disease or hepatitis

  5. Cancer

    No matter what stage it is or whether it’s in remission

  6. Psychological conditions

    For example, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and drug or alcohol abuse

  7. Any other serious medical condition

    Including diabetes, HIV, epilepsy, joint and bone inflammation

Even if you’re cured of your medical condition, you’ll still need to declare it if falls into any of the categories listed

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