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Bronchiectasis travel insurance

Bronchiectasis travel insurance covers you if you have recently had bronchiectasis, are prone to chest and lung-related illnesses and wish to travel with peace of mind. This type of insurance covers you for medical emergencies, even those related to COVID-19, 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.

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.

With Bronchiectasis travel insurance  you know that if you need help, a medical emergency assistance team is available 24 hours a day – 7 days  a week, wherever your destination.

The main benefits of cover

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.

Frequently asked questions

Should you declare chest infections separately?

No,  first you’ll only need to enter ‘bronchiectasis’ during the medical section of your quote.

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.

If you need any help completing the medical section of your quote, contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

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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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.

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