Bronchiectasis travel insurance
According to research by the British Lung Foundation, the estimated number of people living with bronchiectasis in the UK is 300,000.
The abnormal widening of airways leads to a buildup of mucus that makes the lungs more vulnerable to infection. In the changeable environment of travelling, your risk of infection could increase. Treatment can help to relieve your symptoms and prevent deterioration. Bronchiectasis travel insurance therefore covers you, even if you only need minor treatment, such as antibiotics, while you’re away.
The main benefits of cover
- Medical expenses covered up to £15,000,000.
- Cancellation and Curtailment covered up to £5,000.
- Personal Belongings covered up to £3,000.
- All ages. All medical conditions. All destinations.
Frequently asked questions
Should you declare chest infections separately?
When answering questions about bronchiectasis, you’ll be able to state how many (if any) chest infections you’ve had.
What if you're on a waiting list for treatment?
We’re pleased to say we can still offer you a quote.
If you are yet to be given a date for your treatment, you have the ability to add the optional extra of Waiting List cover.
Also, be sure to answer that you are on a waiting list for treatment during the initial medical warranty section. That way, you will only be offered quotes which include the option to add Waiting List Cover.
What if you have another lung related condition?
Our policies cover all of your medical conditions.
If you have more than one type of lung condition, please declare them one at a time.
When medical conditions are closely related, you may be asked questions about both of them during the same set of questions.
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Tips for planning your holidays
Planning a trip when you have bronchiectasis has unique requirements.
Here are some travelling tips
- If you are dehydrated, the mucus in your airways will become thicker and this can cause inefficient muco-ciliary clearance. Keep yourself well hydrated and avoid drinking too much alcohol on the flight to keep your immune system levels high.
- Sinus problems can be common in people with bronchiectasis. Consider bringing along a nasal decongestant spray to use while in transit.
- Speak to your doctor before planning your trip, they’re best placed to let you know which holidays you’re physically up to.
- If you are travelling with oxygen you will need to contact the operator of the ferry, bus, plane, train or cruise ship to let them know. They will let you know of their oxygen policy and what you need to bring. You can also refer to the European Lung Foundation for information about the oxygen policies of over 100 airlines.
- When you bring equipment such as a nebuliser on board an aircraft, you may need to show evidence that it is your prescribed treatment.
- Consider the altitude of your destination. Places at high altitude might cause problems for people with lung diseases, as your lungs will be working much harder to breathe.