Asthma Travel Insurance
- 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
With around 1 in 12 adults and 1 in 11 children being sufferers, asthma affects the lives of around 5.4m people in the UK. If you’ve got this condition yourself, you may be finding it difficult to source cheap travel insurance, don’t worry though, as specialist insurers like AllClear can provide the solution you’re looking for.
As a specialist broker serving people with pre-existing health conditions, AllClear Insurance can source European and worldwide travel insurance for asthma sufferers.
What is asthma?
Asthma is a chronic condition which affects the airways, causing discomfort and breathing difficulties. Symptoms, which are often felt worse at night or in the early morning, include breathlessness, wheezing and a tightening of the chest which can increase in severity either gradually or suddenly to cause an “asthma attack”. It is also associated with allergic conditions like hayfever and eczema. Standard treatments include reliever and preventer inhalers which may in some cases be complemented by oral steroids, muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatories. It is important to take prescription medicines with you when travelling and advisable to keep these in your hand luggage so they are to hand and do not risk loss or damage when deposited in the hold.
Do I need to declare asthma as a pre-existing medical condition when buying travel insurance?
Yes. If you fail to declare that you have asthma when taking out your travel insurance then should you suffer an attack that requires medical attention and/or affects your travel arrangements then your insurer may refuse to settle your claim. This could leave you liable for potentially costly medical bills, alternative transport and accommodation arrangements and, in worst case scenarios, repatriation to the UK. It is therefore vital that you declare to your insurer if you have asthma or any other pre-existing health conditions.
Will having asthma prevent me from getting travel insurance?
Having asthma shouldn’t prevent you from getting travel insurance. You’ll find AllClear can offer great value travel insurance to people with asthma and other health issues. AllClear provide a specialist service to those who have pre-existing medical conditions, offering single trip and annual policies to people of all ages, including travel insurance for over 65s.
Information and support for people with asthma
AllClear take care of everything
Here at Fish Insurance, we’re proud to be working with travel experts AllClear Travel to provide you with cover for your next trip. AllClear’s team of experts will help find the cover you need at a price you’re comfy with. So if you’re planning your next break, all you have to do is decide where to visit first.
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Key benefits of AllClear’s cover*
- No age limits
- 1300+ conditions covered
- ‘Superior’ Covid cover** (includes return flight costs if you’re forced to stay due to Covid-19)
- Up to £15m medical emergency expenses cover
- 24/7 English-speaking medical emergency helpline
- Up to £25,000 for cancellation and cutting your trip short
- Up to £3,000 for your baggage
- Up to £500 travel delay cover
- Up to £1,000 optional cover for travel disruption
- Up to £2m personal liability cover
*All figures are per person and per trip
**Covid cover rated ‘Superior’ by a leading independent UK Consumer Champion in 2021
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And we don’t stop there…
We’ve answered some of the questions you may have about Travel Insurance
QCan I just use my European Health Insurance Card for asthma?
AIf you’re travelling to Europe, medical treatment equivalent to what’s given to those resident in the country you’re travelling to is covered. It’s always advisable to declare any pre-existing medical conditions, including asthma, on your travel insurance policy too. This means the emergency replacement of any prescription medications you may have is covered as well as cancellation for reasons relating to your asthma.
QIs air travel possible with asthma?
AYes, most people with asthma are fine to travel by air. However, the reduced air pressure in the cabin of the aeroplane can cause issues for some asthma sufferers. We’d always suggest speaking to your GP or asthma nurse before flying to see if you’re safe to travel. Your GP or asthma nurse may need you to do a ‘fitness to fly assessment’ or may refer you for a ‘hypoxic challenge’ test to see how you’d cope with the conditions in an aeroplane.
QWill travel insurance cover medication for asthma?
AYes, travel insurance from AllClear covers the emergency replacement of prescription medications, including those prescribed for asthma.
QWill asthma increase my travel insurance cost?
ANot necessarily. The price of travel insurance depends on factors like age, the severity of any medical conditions you may have, and any treatments you are seeking.
QDo I need to declare asthma as a pre-existing medical condition?
AYes. It’s always best to declare any conditions you’ve been diagnosed with when applying for travel insurance, including asthma. This ensures any medication you may be taking will be covered, as well as any treatment for your asthma you need to seek while you’re away.
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