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Disability travel insurance

Disability travel insurance is designed to cover you if you have a disability and wish to travel. Disabilities can occur in many forms and can be short term or life long which is why our policies are tailored to suit you and your individual needs. This type of insurance offers you support and cover for cancellations and medical emergencies, even those related to COVID-19.

Travelling with disabilities

Travelling with a disability need not put a dampener on your plans. Many destinations are accessible to disabled people and according to ABTA, under European law (regulation 1107/2006), all passengers who have a disability can receive assistance when they fly, free of charge. So travelling with a disability of any means shouldn’t hinder your holiday.

Of course, getting adequate disability travel insurance for your needs is an important part of ensuring a worry-free holiday. AllClear can offer specialist disability holiday insurance, which means travellers can go abroad knowing that they are fully covered should the unexpected occur.

In the past, some travellers might have encountered barriers to participation in tourism due to travelling with a disability. Now, travel operators are obliged to meet accessibility standards. So from safaris in Africa to Caribbean beaches, with the right travel insurance, the world is your oyster when it comes to your next holiday destination.

Benefits of AllClear Cover

Gold Gold Plus Platinum
Emergency medical expenses and Repatriation costs Up to £10m Up to £15m Up to £15m
Cancellation* and Curtailment Up to £2k Up to £15k Up to £25k
Extended cover 30 days FREE 30 days FREE 30 days FREE
Friend or relative to travel from your home area to stay with you if you fall ill with Covid-19 Up to £2k Up to £2k Up to £2k
Travel Delay Up to £100 Up to £350 Up to £500
Recuperation stay
Cost of return flight due to COVID-19
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

Planning and protecting your holiday abroad

Things to know before you go:
  • Remember to check the latest travel advice from the FCDO for your destination. You will have no cover if you choose to travel against FCDO advice, unless that advice relates specifically to Covid-19 (check our Covid FAQs  for more details)
  • Check any entry requirements and quarantine requirements for your chosen destination
  • Choose a Travel Insurance policy that includes Covid-19 Cover
  • For information on how Covid might affect your trip, visit our dedicated FAQs page

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.

Air travel with a disability

What to prepare for before air travel

As mentioned above, airlines must offer assistance to disabled passengers free of charge. Whether you have a mobility issue, visual impairment or some other need, you’ll need to plan ahead to ensure you can get the right service for you.

Ask whether the plane has wheelchair accessible areas, and where your carer (if you have one) will be seated. If these areas aren’t available, will your wheelchair be stored within the cabin or the cargo bay? If the latter is the case, what help will be available in locating it?

For travellers hard of hearing, airlines should provide all facilities accessible to the average traveller by providing telecommunication devices for the deaf or text telephones.

Find the right medical travel insurance

Travel insurance for those with pre-existing medical conditions and disabilities can be difficult to find. However, specialist travel insurance will provide peace of mind in case anything were to happen while overseas. Arranging an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) if travelling within the EU can provide low cost, or even free, healthcare if travelling within the EU. A card can be ordered at no charge via the NHS’ website. It’s important to note this card is not a substitute for comprehensive medical insurance, though, so you should arrange both before travelling.

Speak to your healthcare provider

If you feel the journey might be uncomfortable for you speak to your GP or medical healthcare provider and see whether they can suggest anything to help make the journey more tolerable. If you take medication for your condition ask for a prescription to cover the time you’ll be away, as well as a little extra in case your flight is delayed for any reason. If your airline requires a Fit For Travel note, or a letter from your doctor authorising you to carry certain medications, arrange this with plenty of time to spare.


Research beforehand whether the accommodation is suitable for your needs, and the needs of those travelling with you. Don’t feel you must stick to staying in hotels, many lodges on safari feature fully accessible and adapted rooms and even some tented camps are suitably modified. As always, it’s important to ensure you thoroughly discuss all your requirements with your travel company. From igloos to tipis, thorough research will open a world of travel possibilities.


Article References:

  1. Publication Office of the EU: Regulation (EC) No 1107/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council
  2.  Civil Aviation Authority: Information about your rights and how to access special assistance


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Frequently asked questions

Annual multi-trip or single trip?

An annual multi-trip policy allows you to travel multiple times within a year. The maximum duration of these trips varies between policies. However, it is usually between 31 to 45 days.

If you need a longer trip duration or, if you only plan on travelling once in the year, then a single trip travel insurance policy may be right for you.

What will affect the price of your policy?

We calculate the premiums you’re displayed using multiple factors. These include age, trip duration, destination and pre-existing medical conditions.

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[1] Based on Trustpilot reviews of all companies in the Travel Insurance Company category that have over 25,000 reviews as of May 2021.