Getting the right travel insurance with high blood pressure

Having high blood pressure shouldn’t interfere with a great holiday. But when you’re packing for your trip, you’ll probably want a good travel insurance policy in there too.

Our travel insurance can be tailored to your needs, meaning you have the level of cover you want for you and your family. Just the way you want it.

What’s more you’ll be able to travel with peace of mind; we’ve been voted the UK’s Most Trusted Travel Insurance Provider**. So if something goes wrong, you’re in safe hands.

Whether you’ve got sun, sea or a city-break on your travel horizon, we’re sure you’ll agree: it’s worth doing right.

You can get your tailored quote for travel insurance with high blood pressure online here, or call us now to talk on 0800 033 4902.

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Do I need travel insurance to cover high blood pressure?

The last thing you’ll want to associate with a holiday is the need to make an insurance claim. It definitely wouldn’t make it as a highlight for the photo album.

But it’s more common than you might think – 1 in 20 people claimed on their Annual Travel Insurance in 2017***.

A quality travel policy means you’re protected – from astronomical medical bills, holiday interruptions or cancellations, loss of passports or possessions… in fact any number of unexpected mishaps. It needn’t wear a hole in your wallet.

Buying your travel insurance with high blood pressure with us is simple and easy to follow – you can have a free quote in minutes for a policy that’s tailored exactly to you and your travel plans.

What does our travel insurance cover?

Basic Comprehensive
  • Medical emergencies and repatriation up to £5m
  • Cancellation and cutting your holiday short covered from £500 with optional upgrade to £3,000
  • Baggage claims up to £300
  • Cash lost or stolen up to £250
  • Excess £85 – £100
  • Medical emergency and repatriation up to £10m
  • Cancellation and cutting your holiday short covered from £5,000 up to £15,000
  • Baggage loss up to £2,500
  • Cash lost or stolen up to £500
  • Legal protection cover of up to £25,000
  • Excess £65

What does the medical screening involve?

We’ll ask a few questions about your high blood pressure – along with any other medical conditions you’ve got. It doesn’t take long, but you do need to give us full and truthful answers – just so we’ve got all the bases covered.

You might want to have your medical details on hand during the screening process. That’s because if you do have a medical condition and you don’t let us know about it, it could make your policy invalid.

The information from the medical screening helps us to make sure your travel insurance will cover you properly in the event of a medical emergency.

What sort of questions will I have to answer?

Questions we’ll ask you may include:

• How many (if any) medicines your doctor advises you to take for the condition?
• Has the dose been increased or have you been prescribed a new tablet in the last six months?
• Have you been advised to take medication to lower your cholesterol?

You can get a quote online now, or you can call us 0800 033 4902.

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I have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC.) Can I use it to get emergency treatment for high blood pressure related problems?

If you’re travelling within the EEA (the EU plus Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland) or Switzerland, then it’s not just a good idea – it’s a condition of our insurance that you do take an EHIC.

EHIC entitles you to free or subsidised healthcare in the relevant countries for treatment related to your blood pressure or any other medical condition or event. If you do use your EHIC and you’ve still had to pay a subsidised fee for healthcare, we’ll remove the excess fee for medical emergency claims.

But you should note: EHIC does not provide cover for costs not directly related to medical treatment. That means it won’t cover you for costs if you have to break off or cancel your holiday, or if you have to be flown home after being taken ill (and that can be very expensive). Nor does it cover you for lost possessions, travel delays or other things that can go wrong on holiday.

So while an EHIC is a must, it’s not a substitute for proper travel insurance.

It’s also worth being aware that a few places within the EEA don’t accept EHIC: Jersey and Monaco are examples. So it’s best that you check this carefully. Obviously EHIC does not provide cover outside of the EEA and Switzerland.

Can I fly with high blood pressure?

The simple answer is ‘yes’. So long as your doctor hasn’t said that you’re unfit to travel, air travel will not affect your condition, so you are safe to travel by plane.

What if my medical situation or travel plans change?

If your circumstances change after you’ve bought your policy – such as being prescribed a new medication, or adding an activity to your holiday – we’ll always try to help. But you must let us know as soon as possible, and we may need to add a premium to your insurance. That way you’re properly covered.

If your policy is missing some relevant information it could mean we can’t cover you if you need to claim. It’s best to do things right, so please call us.

Please note: we can increase your policy coverage, but we can’t reduce it in return for a partial refund. So please do check that you’re happy with the level of cover when you book.

What if I have a medical emergency on my trip?

You or someone you nominate can call our medical emergency helpline. Our staff are on call 24 hours a day and you may reverse the call charges when calling our emergency line.

We’ll help you arrange emergency treatment in local health centres. We’ll even provide translation services if your need them.

What happens if I end up in hospital and miss my booked flight home?

You needn’t worry: you have cancellation, curtailment and trip interruption included on your Staysure policy.
Your doctor will assess whether you are fit enough to fly, or need to stay in the country.
Your policy will cover extra travelling costs and accommodation for you plus one travelling companion to accompany you home.
If it’s necessary, we can arrange for a competent person to accompany any children back home.

Add extra cover to your tailored policy

Are you planning on doing something extra-special on your holiday – for instance a golf tour or a cruise? A Comprehensive policy means you can upgrade for extra cover on this and other activities.

And that’s not all. With Comprehensive cover, you’re covered for new flights home and accommodation if you have a medical emergency while you’re way. We’ll meet the costs will be up to the value that’s detailed in your policy.

We’ll also pay for your travelling companion or partner to fly home with you, as well as providing a competent person to accompany any children home.

Our customers are all different, so our tailored policies reflect that. To choose the level of cover that you’ll be happy with, simply talk to us for free on 0800 033 4902 or get a quote online.

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*£15,000 cancellation cover available on comprehensive policies and subject to further underwriting criteria
** Moneywise Customer Service Awards 2017 & 2018, based on the biggest survey of financial consumers in Britain.
*** 5.04% of people claimed on their Annual Travel Insurance Policy in 2017.