Travel insurance for DVT

Every year one in every 1,000 people in the UK develop DVT, according to the NHS. The condition happens when a blood clot forms in a deep vein, which are predominantly in the legs. Symptoms include pain and swelling, and can lead to a pulmonary embolism when part of the blood clot breaks off and blocks one of the blood vessels in the lungs.

Sitting in confined spaces for a long time can increase your risk of DVT especially if you have a history of blood clots, have recently had surgery or you’re overweight. We consider covering all medical conditions including DVT, get a quote online or contact our friendly travel insurance team on 0800 033 4902.

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Why do I need travel insurance for DVT?

If you are at risk of developing DVT or have had the condition previously diagnosed, it’s highly recommended that you buy travel insurance. Purchasing travel insurance with us means that you will be in safe hands while away, should you have an unexpected hospital stay.

Our policies give you access to 24-hour medical assistance in English in the event of an emergency. Plus, our Comprehensive policy covers you for additional flights home and accommodation. If you need to cancel your trip due to unforeseen DVT related problems, our Comprehensive policy will meet these costs too.

We will also cover the cost of your travelling partner’s flight home and provide a competent person to accompany your children or grandchildren back to the UK. This cover can also be added to our Basics policy. Lost luggage and passports are covered as standard.

It goes without saying that the last thing you want to worry about is getting ill on holiday, but if you have adequate travel insurance, you know you’ll be in safe hands.

What will I be asked during the screening process?

When applying for travel insurance, you’ll need to complete our quick medical screening questionnaire where you’ll need to declare any medical conditions. Questions will include:

  • When you’ve had a DVT, did you also have any clots in your lungs?
  • How many times have you had a DVT?
  • Are you taking anticoagulant (blood-thinning) medication for the condition?
  • Do you have a blood disorder which makes your blood more likely to clot?

Tips for travelling after a DVT

  • Ask your doctor before you book a holiday if you are fit enough to travel
  • Avoid smoking and make sure you eat a healthy, balanced diet while away
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration
  • Consider taking a friend or family member if you are nervous about travelling alone
  • Avoid excessive alcohol consumption as this can result in dehydration
  • Ensure you have enough leg space by putting bags in overhead lockers and recline your seat if possible
  • Wear elastic compression stockings during flights. They’ve been reported to help prevent travel-related DVT in people who are at risk as the pressure from the stockings helps to prevent blood pooling in the lower legs. You can buy these at pharmacies
  • If travelling to Europe make sure you apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for additional cover. To apply for a EHIC card call 0300 330 1350.

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Common questions about DVT travel insurance

  • I’m taking medication for my DVT. If I want to fly later this year, would I be able to get cover with Staysure?

    If your doctor has declared you fit enough to travel then we would consider insuring you. If this is the case, you can then complete a simple online screening process or phone. Providing you have declared any pre-existing health problems to us and our underwriters agree to cover you, we could provide you with a travel insurance policy.
  • Can you fly with DVT?

    Yes, as long as your doctor has declared you fit to do so. Your doctor will consider things like how recent your last DVT was as well as the size and frequency of any DVTs before making a judgement. They may also recommend further precautions, including medication to be taken immediately before or during the flight.

    If underlying causes have not been investigated and anticoagulation medication is not currently being prescribed, they may advise against flying.

  • I’ve had a DVT which lead to a pulmonary embolism and my doctor has advised me against travelling for the time being. Does that mean I won’t be able to get cover with Staysure?

    Unfortunately, we wouldn’t be able to cover you if your doctor has advised against it. Once your doctor has advised that you are fit to travel, we would consider covering you for both the DVT and the resulting pulmonary embolism.
  • If I suddenly need to cancel my holiday due to a DVT related health problem, will the costs be met by Staysure?

    Yes you would be covered should your trip be cancelled. This also applied to any other medical emergency, as long as you have declared any pre-existing medical conditions with us and they have been accepted and paid for.
  • Would you pay for my grandchildren to return home to the UK if I had a thrombosis related medical emergency on holiday?

    If you have declared all of your existing medical conditions while purchasing a policy with us, then we would pay for your children or grandchildren (under the age of 18) to return to your UK home. If you are incapacitated and there are no other adults to supervise them a competent person would be provided to accompany them home.

DVT Travel insurance

To get a DVT or pulmonary embolism travel insurance quote from Staysure apply online or speak to our travel insurance specialists on 0800 033 4902.

All travel insurance provided by Staysure is subject to agreement from our underwriter. Terms and conditions apply, details of which can be found within the Policy Document.

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