Can you fly with high blood pressure?
Millions of people fly safely with high blood pressure every year. However, there are things you should check before travelling – talk to your doctor, take your medication and travel with a blood pressure monitor – to help avoid any issues.
Before travelling with high blood pressure
Before you fly, consider visiting your doctor to discuss your travel plans – particularly if your blood pressure is unstable.
They will determine whether or not you should fly. This of course an important consideration for your health, but also for your travel insurance – as you will need to be determined fit to travel for your policy to be valid.
If your doctor deems it unsafe for you to fly, they still may be able to recommend a better time for you to travel or for you to change your travel plans slightly.
In the new COVID-19 travel era, travel insurance is more important than ever before, especially if you have a pre-existing health condition, such as high blood pressure.
To ensure that you are comprehensively covered, you should take out a policy which includes enhanced COVID-19 cover.
You must also remember to declare your high blood pressure as a pre-existing medical condition. There are many complications of high blood pressure – such as a blood clot – which you may not associate with the condition, but that you won’t be covered for unless you declare high blood pressure.
High blood pressure is often a condition that people don’t bother to declare, says Dr Harikrishna Patel from AllClear: “It’s often something which people get used to living with and don’t give a second thought to.”
But this is not necessarily the case: “Travelling invariably means a disruption to routine and possibly a change in time zone, so tablets may be delayed or missed altogether. Heat, physical exertion, change in diet or a tummy upset can all have an impact.
So what might be a stable medical condition at home could potentially be a problem abroad that results in a medical emergency claim.”
Discover High Blood Pressure Travel Insurance by AllClear. As a specialist medical provider, you could benefit from the following:
Benefits of AllClear Cover
|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|
|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 abroadThings 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 siteOnce 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 processYou then declare the medical conditions for you (and any other travellers) and answer the specifically designed medical questions.
3. Get your quotesYou will then get your quotes and can either proceed to buy, or save your quote, at this stage.
If you’re taking blood pressure medication and your journey will involve you being away from home for more than a couple of weeks, make sure you have enough medication to last the duration of your trip, including extras in case of emergency.
Consider also the time zone of your destination, as you may need to take your medication at a different time to normal.
If you will need to take medication during your flight, be sure to speak with your airline to confirm it’s allowed in your carry-on bag.
Blood Pressure Checker
If your blood pressure is unstable, it’s well worth investing in a good blood pressure monitor.
That way you can keep an eye on your blood pressure while you’re on holiday, and ensure that it remains within a safe blood pressure range.
High blood pressure is considered a level consistently at or above 140mmHg and/or 90mmHg.
At the airport
If you’re travelling with high blood pressure – there are a few measures you can take to help manage your condition and keep you and others around you safe when at the airport.
Take time to minimise the level of stress you are exposed to. This can be through simple things, like making sure you’re up to date with the latest travel updates from the FCDO before you travel or packing a few days in advance so you know you have everything you need.
During the flight
If you have high blood pressure there are a few things you can do while flying which may help.
Eating and drinking
Airlines are notorious for their ‘plane food’ while the menus have drastically improved some still tend to provide food and snacks with added salt which can increase blood pressure levels. So, it might be best for you to bring your own!
If you have high blood pressure, you may want to stick to drinking water and avoid alcohol. This will ensure that you remain hydrated.
Walking around the plane as regularly as possible can aid circulation and reduce the risk of DVT. Gentle leg exercises from your seat can also help ensure you keep circulation moving throughout the flight. This activity helps reduce the risk of any blood clots, and you can also buy flight socks to help in this regard.
The information in this blog post is not intended to replace professional medical advice. It is a general overview of a broad medical care topic. Blog posts are not tailored to one person’s specific medical requirements, diagnosis or treatment. If you do notice symptoms or you require medical advice, you should always consult your doctor or healthcare provider to obtain professional medical help. Read through our disclaimer for more information.
Written by Lydia Crispin, MA Content Creator at AllClear
Edited by Letitia Smith, M.Sc. Content Manager at AllClear
 Based on Trustpilot reviews of all companies in the Travel Insurance Company category that have over 25,000 reviews as of January 2022.
^Discount applies to the base price of AllClear branded travel insurance policies purchased through our Call Center only and does not apply to any premium generated to cover medical conditions or optional extras. This discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.