High Blood Pressure Travel Insurance
If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure or hypertension, a relaxing holiday may be just what you need. Having a medical condition is no reason not to enjoy your holiday but you will need to plan in advance.
Ensure you have a travel insurance policy that covers all of your medical conditions, after all, if the unexpected should happen and you have a medical emergency while abroad, you will want to know that you have the peace of mind that your insurance policy, will give you all the protection you need.
What if I have associated medical conditions?
No problem! If your high blood pressure has been caused by another medical condition in the past, such as a stroke or a heart attack, Free Spirit is confident that we can help you obtain insurance. We pride ourselves on our flexibility and our insurance policy has been designed for people like you.
Getting a quote couldn’t be easier!
You can get a quote in one of two easy ways. Our online medical screening is popular with our customers as it is easy to use and straight forward. We will ask you some questions about your high blood pressure, hypertension or high cholesterol:
- How many medicines does your doctor advise you to take for high blood pressure?
- Has your dose been increased or have you been prescribed a new tablet in the last six months?
- Have you been advised to take a medication to lower your cholesterol level?
- Has a blood test ever at any time shown your cholesterol level to be raised?
- Have you ever been a smoker?
If you would rather talk to our dedicated UK based customer services team, call us on 0800 170 7704 we’re open Monday to Friday 8am-6pm, closed Bank Holidays. Should you need any help whilst getting a quote or if you have any questions not covered by our frequently asked questions page we are on hand to help.
Why it’s important to cover your high blood pressure when you travel
In the event you need to cancel your holiday due to your high blood pressure, we can provide cover for your unused travel and accommodation costs that you have already paid for or are contracted to pay. If you have a medical emergency during your holiday, Free Spirit can provide cover for your associated medical costs, cover starts at £5 million, including medical repatriation if medically necessary (terms & conditions apply).
Useful tips while travelling with high blood pressure.
Medication: list all your medications including how many you take, how often and what they are for. Remember to include the brand name as some medications may have a generic name but may be produced by a specific pharmaceutical company. These details will always be written on the medication pack. In some countries the brand name may be different from that in the UK and it’s always a good idea to take a copy of the medication instruction.
Hand luggage: It’s best to keep your medicines close at hand and keep them in your hand luggage so if there are problems during your travels, you won’t be without them. In the event your hold baggage is lost, at least you won’t have to worry about your medication. It’s always a good idea to take an extra supply of medicines in the event your return journey is delayed. Remember customs will need to see an appropriate label on each medication to avoid unmarked pills being confiscated.
Fluid intake: If you become unwell it’s important to receive medical treatment quickly. Loss of fluid from the body due to illness increases the blood pressure and dehydration can lower the effect of your high blood pressure medication, so you may develop low blood pressure. Try to avoid too much alcohol, caffeine and drink plenty of water.
Time difference: If you’re travelling to a new time zone, you’ll need to adjust the time you take your medication. Check with your doctor for your own personal situation to ensure you do not take too much or too little.
Why choose Free Spirit?
Don’t forget, if you arrange your cover with us as soon as you book your holiday, you will be immediately protected should you need to cancel your trip (terms and conditions apply of course! See the policy wording for full details).
If your friends and family are travelling with you, they can also be covered on your high blood pressure insurance, whether they have a pre-existing medical condition or not. By including your travelling companions on the your policy, you will ensure the whole party is covered in the event you had to cancel your holiday, due to your high blood pressure and this may not be the case if they had taken out a separate policy elsewhere.
Can you still cover me for travelling if I have more than one medical condition?
No problem! We appreciate that if you have high cholesterol you may also have high blood pressure or hypertension or you may have previously had a stroke or a heart attack. We will ask you about all of your pre-existing medical conditions to ensure none are missed and so that full cover is in place.
Last updated: 15th June 2016.