Travel insurance for chest infections
While chest infections are very common, they can strike without much warning. Symptoms can become serious and come in various forms, from a chesty cough to breathing difficulties and chest pain. Chest infections can also be accompanied by headaches and high temperatures.
Being prone to picking up chest infections can cause unnecessary worry but this shouldn’t stop you from going away on holiday. However, it might be a good idea to buy travel insurance, just to be on the safe side.
At Staysure we consider covering each customer on a case by case basis and this includes those who are prone to picking up chest infections. As long as your doctor is happy for you to travel, you can complete our medical screening process online or by calling our friendly team of insurance specialists. Get a quote in minutes by calling us on 0800 033 4902 or click below for an online quote.
Why do I need travel insurance for a chest infection?
The nature of chest infections is that they can strike with little warning and often when you least want them to. So if you are prone to chest infections and are planning a holiday, especially during the autumn or winter months, it’s a wise move to get travel insurance, just in case you are struck down days before a holiday or while away.
Staysure is an award winning insurer, specialising in over 50s travel insurance so you can rest assured you will be in safe hands.
Purchasing our Comprehensive travel insurance means you’re covered if you have to cancel your holiday due to illness, if you need medical treatment abroad or need to be flown home for treatment. This is especially important in countries such as the United States where medical care can be eye-wateringly expensive.
In addition, our Comprehensive policy covers your travel companion, children or grandchildren to return to your UK home in the event of a medical emergency. And if you lose any medication, we can help replace it. All this cover can also be added to our Basics policy as an optional extra.
Tips for travelling with a chest infection
- See your GP if you have any doubts about your health before your holiday
- If you develop a chest infection and smoke, stop straight away
- Don’t overdo it and get plenty of rest
- Drink lots of water to avoid dehydration. This thins the mucus in your lungs and prevents build-up
- The National Health Service (NHS) recommends treating chest infection related headaches, fever, aches and pains with paracetamol or ibuprofen
- If you have a chest infection, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands regularly and throw away tissues immediately to avoid passing it on to others
- If you are at high risk of developing a chest infection, speak to your GP about getting vaccinated. For more information, visit the NHS
- Avoid excessive alcohol drinking as it can weaken your lungs’ natural defence against infections, thus making you more prone to pneumonia
- Eat a healthy diet to strengthen your immune system. The NHS recommends a low-fat, high-fibre diet with plenty of whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables
- If you are travelling to Europe, it’s a requirement with Staysure that you get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This gives you free or reduced cost medical treatment, depending on the country you are visiting. But it doesn’t cover other things, such as the cost of being flown back to the UK. Apply online here or call 0300 3301350.
Common questions about chest infection travel insurance
I’ve currently got a chest infection. Can I still travel?
- First of all check with your doctor if you are fit to travel. If he gives you the green light you will need to phone our travel insurance team as your health has changed since you took out your policy. This may or may not affect your ability to make a claim, so it’s best to phone us first just to be on the safe side.
What would happen if I developed a chest infection while on holiday?
- If you have a history of chest infections and have declared it and purchased a policy with us, then we would of course cover you for the medical treatment you might need. Likewise, if you don’t have a history of chest infections and were unlucky enough to get one on holiday, then providing you were accepted by the underwriters and you have purchased travel insurance with us after declaring any pre-existing conditions, you would be covered.
Chest Infection Travel Insurance
Apply for a travel insurance quote that covers chest infections online or call our travel insurance team on 0800 033 4902