Travel Insurance After a Stroke

Finding travel insurance that suits you and your budget can be difficult if you’ve had a stroke. At Fish, we have over 40 years’ experience helping people find a policy that meets their individual needs. We can take care of everything for you, too.

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Travel Insurance following a stroke

Remember

  • Tell your insurer about any pre-existing medical conditions to make sure you’re fully covered
  • Consider covering everyone travelling in your party in case you have to cancel
  • Take a copy of your travel insurance documents with you

If you’ve had a stroke and are planning to journey overseas it’s important you have proper travel insurance protection – but finding it may not be easy. That’s where Fish can help. We’ve been providing specialist insurance for decades and are well versed in dealing with those with pre-existing medical conditions. Our insurance offers:

  • Single and annual multi-trip cover
  • 24/7 emergency assistance
  • Covers emergency replacement of prescription medicines

What is a stroke?

A stroke is caused when the brain is deprived of blood, either when a blood vessel bursts (haemorrhagic stroke) or, more commonly, when a clot forms (ischaemic stroke) in a main artery which supplies the brain. Symptoms vary and include facial drooping, dizziness, confusion, slurred speech, loss of balance and weakness or numbness of the arms. People can also suffer transient ischaemic attacks – sometimes called “mini strokes” – which whilst less severe can indicate risk of a full stroke.

Do I need to declare if I have had a stroke as a pre-existing medical condition when buying travel insurance?

Yes, you must. If you do not disclose your diagnosis then should you have a stroke whilst abroad then your insurer might refuse to settle any claim for emergency medical treatment and other costs such as holiday curtailment or medical repatriation to the UK. If you have a medical emergency that is not a stroke you may still find your insurer regards your non-disclosure as a reason to invalidate your cover eg. if that emergency is related to hypertension.

Will having a stroke prevent me from getting travel insurance?

Whilst having any pre-existing medical condition can make it more difficult to find cheap travel insurance, you should not be refused cover. If you’ve had a stroke an insurer might regard you as being a higher risk and ask you to pay a higher premium or put specific restriction on the cover they offer you. A specialist broker like Fish should be able to help you find insurance appropriate to you and at a competitive price.

Information and support for people who have had a stroke

The Stroke Association publishes an extensive library of publications which detail what strokes are, how to recognise their symptoms and what to do, the physical and emotional impact of strokes and much more. It also offers local support services, forums and runs a Life After Stroke Centre. You’ll also find details of the FACT (Face-Arms-Speech-Time) protocol detailing how to recognise symptoms and react, plus more about causes and treatments on the NHS website.

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We take care of everything

For over 40 years, we’ve been helping people travel around the world without worry. Our team of experts will help find the cover you need at a price you’re comfy with.
So if you have a disability or pre-existing condition and are planning your next break, all you have to do is decide where to visit first.

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For a care-free travel insurance quote

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Key benefits at a glance

  • No age limit*
  • Single and annual multi-trip cover
  • Alternative accommodation cover
  • Cruise cover
  • Friendly UK-based claims service and specialist medical assistance
  • Covers emergency replacement of prescription medicines
  • Provides cover for a replacement carer
  • Covers a wide range of pre-existing medical conditions
  • 24/7 emergency assistance
  • Protects mobility and disability equipment, providing replacement equipment in the event of a loss

And we don’t stop there…

We’ve answered some of the questions you may have about our Travel Insurance.

  • QCan I travel abroad following a stroke? AYes, many people that have had strokes are perfectly okay to travel abroad. We'd suggest consulting your GP to check it would be okay for you. It's important to ensure you're covered by suitable travel insurance and that you declare your stroke as a pre-existing medical condition. This ensures that any medication you take will be covered, as well as any treatment for a stroke you require while abroad.
  • QDo I need to declare if I've had a stroke when getting travel insurance? AYes. It's always best to declare any conditions you've been diagnosed with when applying for travel insurance, including if you've had a stroke. This ensures any medication you may be taking will be covered, as well as any treatment for a stroke you need to seek while you're away.
  • QDo I need to declare if I've had a stroke to travel insurance companies if it was over 20 years ago? AYes, it's always best to declare any conditions you've been diagnosed with when applying for travel insurance, including if you've had a stroke. When completing the screening process, you'll be asked how long ago the stroke was. If it was over 20 years ago, it's unlikely that it will affect the price of your insurance, but it's important that you declare it so you'll be adequately covered while on your holiday.
  • QWill travel insurance be expensive if I've had a stroke? AThe cost of travel insurance takes into account any pre-existing conditions you may have, along with how severe they are and any treatment you may be receiving. If you have had a stroke, your travel insurance will probably cost more than someone of the same age with no pre-existing conditions, but it doesn't mean the cost will be huge. It's always worth contacting a specialist insurer such as Fish that can help you to get the right cover at the right price.
  • QIf I am travelling after a stroke, will travel insurance cover me if I have another? AYes, if you've declared your stroke when purchasing travel insurance this will ensure any medication you may be taking will be covered, as well as any treatment for a stroke you need to seek while you're away.
  • QHow soon can I fly after a stroke? AThere's no formal guidance on how long to wait before you fly after a stoke. It's best to speak to your GP and also your airline to see if they have any specific guidance they can give you. Some airlines will advice to wait 3 weeks before flying after a stroke, where's others will recommend anything up to 6 weeks, so it's always advisable to check.
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Travel Policy Documents

See all of our Disability and Pre-Existing Medical Conditions Travel Insurance policy documents here.

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