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Travelling with a brain tumour

Brain tumour travel insurance covers you if you’re living with a diagnosed brain tumour and wish to travel with peace of mind. This type of insurance covers you for medical emergencies, which is vital to prevent unexpected medical bills and give you the support you need if you have any medical problems while you are away.

When getting a quote with AllClear, we’ll ask you to declare any pre-existing medical conditions and that’s when you should tell us about your brain tumour. Based on the information provided, we’ll offer you tailored quotes to best suit your needs and circumstances. Then simply choose the cover that’s right for you and travel with confidence.

Why choose cover with AllClear?

AllClear can provide cover for

  • Medical emergency expenses
  • Cancellation / cutting short your trip
  • Personal property
  • Missed departure / travel delay
  • Cruises
  • Winter sports
  • Golf cover

Benefits of AllClear Cover

Gold Gold Plus Platinum
Emergency medical expenses and Repatriation costs Up to £10m Up to £15m Unlimited
Cancellation* and Curtailment Up to £2k Up to £15k Up to £25k
Travel Delay Up to £300 Up to £1,500 Up to £1,500
Recuperation stay
Personal Belongings Up to £2k Up to £2.5k Up to £3k
Personal liability Up to £2m Up to £2m Up to £2m
Legal protection cover Up to £50k Up to £50k Up to £100k
* If you buy a policy which includes cancellation cover
All these figures are per person and per trip

Common Questions About Cover

How do you declare a brain tumour?

During the quote process you’ll be asked to declare your medical conditions. You’ll need to select ‘add condition’.  Then type ‘brain tumour’ into the search bar and select ‘search’. You will then see ‘brain tumour’ and ‘benign brain tumour’ as options for you to select. Once you select one of these there will be some specific follow up questions. For further instructions view our how do I declare a medical condition page.

You no longer have a brain tumour and are not on cancer treatment, should you still declare brain tumour?

Yes, if you have ever had a brain tumour you will still need to declare it. You will be asked questions to determine the severity of your brain tumour so if your brain tumour is no longer a high risk this will be taken into consideration when calculating your premium. For more information look at our medical warranty page.

Why have you been asked to call up when getting my quote?

For some medical conditions we will need to complete the quote by phone rather than online. In this instance you will be given a number to call to complete your quote.

Is there a number you can call to discuss getting cover for your brain tumour?

Yes, if you would like to discuss your brain tumour when quoting,  you can call us on 01708 339026. You can also speak to us on Live Chat.

Please note that not all the providers which are available online are available over the telephone.

You’re not sure what type of brain tumour to declare?

Unfortunately we cannot provide cover for undiagnosed conditions. This means that in order to provide you with brain tumour travel insurance we will require details about what kind of brain tumour you, or anyone else on your policy has. If you are uncertain please request this information from your GP.

How is your premium determined?

For our AllClear policies we continuously analyse and review our claims data. We take into consideration numerous factors such as your destination, trip duration, age and any pre-existing medical conditions you may have. From this we are able to calculate premiums that are fair and accurate.

Simple 3 step quote process

1. Call us or click a quote button on our site

Once you are ready to start the quote process, the first step is to provide your personal details and information about your holiday plans.

2. Complete our simple medical screening process

You then declare the medical conditions for you (and any other travellers) and answer the specifically designed medical questions.

3. Get your quotes

You will then get your quotes and can either proceed to buy, or save your quote, at this stage.

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Travelling with a Brain Tumour

If you’re going on holiday after a brain tumour, you’ll probably have a few more things to think about, which will be specific to you and your personal cicrumstances! We’ve put together some tips which might help if you or a loved one is travelling with a brain tumour.

Brain Tumour Travel Tips

Flying after surgery

  • You won’t be able to fly for around 3 months after surgery. You’ll also need to speak to your GP to ensure it’s safe for you to travel. Due to the changes in cabin pressure, you may also experience headaches on taking off and landing.

Travel insurance after a brain tumour

  • If you are travelling within Europe, apply for an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) and take it with you on holiday. The EHIC is available free of charge through the NHS Choices’ website. With the EHIC, you are entitled to free or reduced cost medical care in the country you are visiting, based on the same level of care as a resident of the country would receive. This is part of a reciprocal health service agreement.
  • However, reciprocal health service agreements do not always cover the full cost of treatment and won’t cover the cost of getting you home in an emergency. So remember it’s essential to take out medical travel insurance for brain tumours in addition to the EHIC.

Swimming after surgery

  • Be sure to take every precaution while in the water. For example, if you’re planning a beach getaway you shouldn’t swim alone until the risk of seizures has passed. This can be roughly one year after treatment but will be dependent on your personal circumstances.
  • If you have epilepsy, ensure you always swim with a companion and in safe areas patrolled by competent lifeguards. Check your hotel pool has lifeguards if you plan to swim a lot during your holiday.

Alcohol after a brain tumour

  • You might find you suffer from severe hangovers after drinking a small amount, and there is a risk of provoking a seizure if you have too much. Certain medications may also mean you’ll have to avoid alcohol if you’re unsure you should discuss any concerns with your GP.

Excursions and activities

  • After you’ve been treated for a brain tumour, you may be advised to avoid contact sports such as rugby and boxing. Once you recover, you can discuss with your doctor which sports and activities are safe to resume. If you’re planning any particular activity on holiday, then you should check whether this is covered by your travel insurance policy by looking at the ‘Amateur sporting and hazardous activities’ section.

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Written by: Russell Wallace | Travel Insurance Expert
Last Updated: 23 November 2023

† Based on Trustpilot reviews of all companies in the Travel Insurance Company category that have over 70,000 reviews as of January 2024. AllClear Gold Plus achieved a Which? Best Buy.