Why use our epilepsy travel insurance?
Epilepsy affects more than half a million people in the UK according to the NHS, with good planning and quality insurance in place, this relatively common condition shouldn’t stop you from travelling.
We consider all conditions for travel insurance and providing your doctor has declared you fit enough to travel, you declare your epilepsy and our underwriters agree to cover you, then you can travel the world knowing you are in safe hands with Staysure.
Get a quote online in a matter of minutes or by calling our travel insurance professionals on 0800 033 4902.
Why do I need travel insurance for epilepsy?
If you have a condition such as epilepsy and want to travel, it’s a wise investment, given how costly medical treatment can be around the world. Plus, it’s always best to be prepared given the unpredictable nature of the condition.
Purchasing a Staysure travel insurance policy for epilepsy means you will be in safe hands if you have a medical emergency. Our Comprehensive policy covers you if you have to cancel your holiday or need extra flights and accommodation should you have an impromptu hospital stay. In addition, our Comprehensive policy covers your travel companion, children and grandchildren to return to your UK home, should you have a medical emergency.
Comprehensive cover can also replace any lost or stolen epilepsy medication and all our policies cover lost or stolen passports and luggage.
What will I be asked during the screening process?
When applying for travel insurance, you’ll be asked a few questions about your epilepsy and any related conditions as part of a simple medical screening process. Questions will include:
- How long ago was your first seizure?
- How many (if any) seizures causing loss of consciousness have you had in the last six months/four weeks?
- How many (if any) unplanned hospital admissions have you had in the last year that related to your condition?
- How many (if any) different medicines do you take?
- If you your epilepsy is symptomatic, is it caused by a tumour, head injury or brain haemorrhage?
Tips for travelling with epilepsy
- Always ask your GP first if it is safe for you to travel before booking a holiday
- Make sure you have enough epilepsy medication to last your trip
- Consider bringing extra medication just in case you are delayed or lose some. Also, make a note of the name of the medication (not just the brand name) and keep it somewhere safe just in case you need to replace it
- If you are flying, contact the airline beforehand as some companies have policies for people who have seizures
- Keep to your normal sleep pattern as changes can prompt seizures for some people
- Travel with a friend or family member if possible – they will know what to do and can explain to others if you have a seizure
- Drink plenty of fluids, especially in warmer climates as dehydration can trigger a seizure
- Consider wearing a medical bracelet with your name, epilepsy or medical condition, medication and doctor’s phone number
- Make sure you rest and don’t overdo it while away as both stress and tiredness can lead to a seizure
- It’s important to stay healthy with a balanced diet and not drink alcohol excessively
- If travelling within 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
- For more information on travelling with epilepsy, take a look at the Epilepsy Society’s page here.
Common questions about epilepsy travel insurance
Sometimes I lose consciousness during a seizure. Would this prevent me from getting insured with Staysure?
- Not necessarily. If your doctor has declared you fit enough to travel, then we can consider you for medical travel insurance. Due to the nature of the epilepsy, we have to consider each person on a case by case basis, as it can affect people in many different ways.
I was diagnosed with epilepsy last month but took out medical travel insurance with Staysure over six months ago. Do I need to let you know about my change in health?
- In a word, yes. This is likely to affect your travel insurance policy with us and may include an additional premium. So to make sure your policy is not invalid, give our team of travel insurance professionals a quick call to update your details.
My doctor has advised me not to travel due to my fits. However, I don’t mind paying a higher premium. Would I be able to get insured for a trip abroad?
- Sadly, no. We can only provide you with travel insurance if your doctor has declared you fit enough to travel. If in doubt, speak to your doctor about any potential travel destinations and where you can travel.
Epilepsy Travel Insurance
Get an epilepsy travel insurance quote online or call our travel insurance specialists on 0800 033 4902.