from £3.16 per month in December 2023^
High Blood Pressure travel insurance covers you if you have high blood pressure 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.
Hypertension (or high blood pressure) is quite common. Half of all those aged over 65 have it. Because of this, many people don’t tell their travel insurance provider about their hypertension before they travel.
However, it’s classed as a pre-existing medical condition, which means that not declaring it could invalidate your policy if you need to make a claim. If you needed medical treatment as a result of your hypertension while on holiday, you may end up footing the bill. Comphensive travel insurance including your high blood pressue will cover you for urgent, specialist medical care when you’re away.
Providing you have fully declared your high blood pressure, your policy should:
Policies differ across insurance providers so ensure you check policy details before you buy.
Travelling with hypertension (high blood pressure) shouldn’t be a problem for you, but you may need to stock up on extra medication in case of delays and you may want to get some personalised advice from your GP. Plus, your doctor may have some good hypertension travel tips for you, and will remind you of any warning signs you need to be aware of.
Don’t forget your medication! Other things to think about when it comes to your treatment plan while on holiday include:
A simple way of staying healthy and minimising any problems related to travelling with hypertension is staying well hydrated, especially in hot climates. Always keep some botteld water in your bag while you’re out sightseeing.
Luckily, flying doesn’t affect blood pressure in most cases. However, if your blood pressure tends to be unstable or especially high, check with your doctor before finalizing your travel plans. If you know you’ll need oxygen while on the plane, advise your airline in advance and check in early so that staff can make suitable arrangements. Help yourself out by getting to the terminal in plenty of time for your flight, too. Unnecessary stress is not what you need!
Unfortunately, it’s best to avoid Jacuzzis, hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms. These types of spa facilities are generally not recommended for people with hypertension. If you really want to make use of them, then ask your doctor for advice in advance.
If you get ill or develop diarrhoea, then it’s vital you seek treatment quickly. Why? If you’re taking an ACE inhibitor or angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB), losing fluid from the body increases the blood-pressure-lowering effect of these medicines. Remember to take the contact details of your emergency medical assistance company from your travel insurance policy with you.
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.
We calculate the premiums you’re displayed using multiple factors. These include age, trip duration, destination and pre-existing medical conditions.
^£3.16 per month for a 50 year old with high blood pressure choosing an AllClear Gold annual multi-trip policy to Europe. Price is correct as of 01/12/23.
Written by: Letitia Smith | Travel Insurance ExpertLast Updated: 4 December 2023
* With a purchase of an AllClear branded policy, you’ll automatically enter the £500 prize draw. Plus, you’ll get 20% off the base price of your policy. Discount does not apply to any premium generated to cover medical conditions and optional extras. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Offer ends at 23:59 on 4/12/23. T&Cs apply
Reviewed by Kay Greveson, Clinical nurse specialist and Chair of IBD Passport charity. Kay is a qualified independent nurse prescriber and has been an IBD specialist nurse since 2005. Kay’s research interests include travel health and IBD.
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