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Brain cancer travel insurance

Brain cancer Travel Insurance covers you if you’re living with a brain tumour and wish to travel. This type of insurance covers you for medical emergencies, even those related to COVID-19, which is vital to prevent unexpected medical bills and support you if you have any medical emergency while you are away.

What cover will you get with AllClear brain cancer Travel Insurance?

  • Any medical emergency, including any medical issues that occur as a result of your brain cancer.
  • To access 24 hour medical advice from our medical emergency helpline.
  • For any unplanned medical treatment or replacement medication*.

*Providers will vary, so do check the cover limits of the policy you intend to purchase.

Why AllClear?

  • We’re experts in travel insurance for pre-existing medical conditions
  • We welcome all ages! Our AllClear policies have no upper age limit so you can get travel insurance with brain cancer no matter your age.
  • We offer you choice. We can provide you with quotes from a range of insurance providers so you can compare premiums and coverage to find the policy that’s right for you.

The key benefits you can get

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

Will you be covered if you’re travelling during the COVID-19 pandemic?

There are three things to check so that you can make sure you're covered:

  • You must be fit to travel
  • The FCDO must NOT have advised against travel to your destination - check the FCDO travel advice
  • You must follow the local government advice for your destination, checking and following their guidelines and entry requirements

You can then be covered for emergency medical expenses and cancellation for a positive diagnosis of COVID-19, with AllClear travel insurance with enhanced Coronavirus cover. Existing policyholders should read our Frequently Asked Questions if your trip is affected by Covid-19.

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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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 options for you to select. Once you select one of these there will be some specific follow up questions. For further guidance view How do I declare a medical condition.

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.

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.

Travelling with brain cancer

If you’ve had treatment for brain cancer or if you have brain cancer, it’s vital that you check with your doctor or oncologist before planning a holiday. If you’re told that you’re fit to travel then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to enjoy your holiday. However, there are a few things to bear in mind when travelling with brain cancer. We’ve put together these handy tips to help you make the most of your holiday.

Brain cancer travel tips

Flying and air travel with brain cancer

  • You will usually need to wait around 3 months after surgery for brain cancer before you can travel by air. It might also be a good idea to book a destination which doesn’t require a long flight. A relatively short flight will ensure you don’t overexert yourself. You don’t want to wear yourself out before you even get there!
  • Also, try to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible on the flight. This may mean arranging for priority boarding either through the airline, or purchasing priority passes.
  • Booking a seat at the back of the plane on the aisle side is recommended. This will mean you get to board the plane at your own pace without having to worry about other passengers. You’ll be able to stand and walk around which is always recommended on flights longer than an hour.
  • If you do feel at all unwell during your flight, the flight attendants may offer for you to sit or stand at the back to allow you some more space.

Taking your medication abroad

  • Assuming that you’re on specific medication for your brain cancer or post surgery when you travel, you’ll want to have enough supplies to last you the duration of your trip.
  • Your doctor will be able to prescribe the correct amount. It may be worth asking for some extra supplies in case of any delays. If you know you’ll be changing time zones, ask your doctor for the new times you’ll need to take your medication when you arrive on holiday.
  • Also, don’t forget to pack your medication in your carry-on case instead of checked in luggage. This means that if there is a delay you will still have your medication.

EHIC and your right to medical treatment in Europe

  • If you decide to travel within the EU on your trip, don’t forget your GHIC.  This will give you the same level of health care as the residents in the country you’re visiting, meaning free or lower cost medical treatment.
  • However, this isn’t a valid form of full travel insurance and it wouldn’t cover bringing you home in the event of an emergency. Always ensure you have medical travel insurance as well as your GHIC when travelling.

Enjoying your time away

Regardless of what stage your brain cancer is at, you’ll know it’s important to rest and relax while you’re away.

Swimming after surgery
  • 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 circumstance.
  • 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.
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.
Don’t overdo it
  • If you’re looking at excursions, try to consider ones which don’t stray too far from your accommodation, and that don’t last for long periods of time.  Choose wisely and remember, when you’re in a new place, you might find that the best hidden gems are only around the corner. Get those guidebooks ready!
Listen to your body
  • If you would like to rest, don’t be afraid to tell your travel companions that you want to go back to the accommodation. Regardless of your condition, when in a hot country you may want to stop and take regular breaks for a snack and a drink, especially if you’ve been walking a lot.
Stay hydrated
  • Following on from the above, drinking lots of water is one of the best things you can do to fight fatigue. This is especially true in a warm climate. Stick to bottled water and avoid food which has been washed in tap water. Tap water can cause sickness and diarrhoea which could have a devastating impact on your holiday.
  • It’s not all about getting out and travelling around. Enjoy lazing by the pool with a good book, there’s no rush when you’re on holiday. Staying in one place and taking in your surroundings can be just as fun as exploring. Plus, you get to dip your toes in the sea or swimming pool which is the best way to spend an afternoon!

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