Travel insurance for cancer patients in remission
Cancer remission travel insurance covers you if you’re currently living in remission, and wish to travel with confidence. Designed to provide you with peace of mind, this type of insurance covers you for medical emergencies, even those related to COVID-19, which is vital to prevent any unexpected medical bills and unnecessary complications that could arise when you’re away.
If you are living with cancer, our holiday insurance takes all your needs and requirements into account. All our policies are tailored to you and your condition.
During your quote you declare any pre-existing medical conditions. This only takes a few minutes and afterwards we’ll give you a selection of tailored quotes to choose from. Select the level of cover you want and feel confident on your travels, with a little help from AllClear
The key benefits you can get
- Cancellation and Curtailment covered up to £25,000, including for Covid-19
- Up to £15 million emergency medical expenses cover, including for Covid-19
- Up to 30 days FREE extended cover (if due to unexpected circumstances beyond your control)
- Up to £2,000, if medically necessary, for a friend or relative to travel from your home area to stay with you if you fall ill with Covid-19 (costs for room and to accompany you home)
- Repatriation costs, when medically necessary, to bring you back to the UK where it is deemed to be in your best interests
- Following recovery from Coronavirus, costs for a continued recuperation stay, when medically necessary and under doctors advice
- Costs for your return flight following your enforced stay due to Coronavirus
- Personal Belongings covered up to £3,000
- All conditions. All ages.
Are you covered for travel in the pandemic?
There are a few things to check first, as it needs to be safe for you to travel to make sure you’re covered:
- You must be fit to travel
- The FCO must NOT have advised against travel to your destination
- 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 or cancellation relating to COVID-19, when you have travel insurance with enhanced Coronavirus cover. If you’re an existing policyholder, you can read our Frequently Asked Questions if your trip is affected by Covid-19.
Travel tips for cancer patients in remission
Speak to your GP or healthcare provider
- Depending on how long it has been since you received the all clear, it could be worth speaking to your GP to assess your medical needs and check you won’t be at additional risk of catching an infection. Your airline might need a fit to travel letter from your GP, so this can be arranged too. For six months (sometimes longer) after treatment fatigue and weakness may be an issue, so they’ll work with you to ensure you can travel at the best time to enjoy your trip abroad.
Choose the right destination
- As we mention above, fatigue may need to be taken into consideration. It’s best to fully enjoy a holiday closer to home than feel tired and stressed due to a strenuous journey so choose a destination you can manage. Remember long-haul flights can be uncomfortable to someone in good health so bear in mind how you’ll feel at the time you fly.
Remember your EHIC
- If you are travelling within Europe apply for an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) and take it with you on holiday. The EHIC replaces the E111 and is free of charge through the NHS Choices’ website. The EHIC entitles you to free or reduced cost medical care in the country you are visiting. It’s called a reciprocal health service agreement.
- However, reciprocal health service agreements do not always cover the full cost of treatment and won’t cover the cost of getting you home in an emergency. It’s essential to take out medical travel insurance in addition to the EHIC.
Vaccinations after cancer
- Live vaccinations contain tiny amounts of the virus you’re being protected against, and are not recommended six months after chemotherapy. This is because they can cause serious infections to a weakened immune system. Inactivated vaccines are safe after treatment, but may be less effective if you have a weakened immune system. Your GP will be able to advise further on which vaccines are suitable and which to avoid.
Sun care after radiotherapy
- Taking care in the sun is important for everyone. If you’ve had radiotherapy, the skin on and around the treatment area can stay sensitive for several years. Use a very high SPF of at least 50, and be sure to reapply every few hours. Try to keep the area covered when in the sun and avoid sunbathing during the heat of the day – don’t forget your sunblock! Check timings of when this is likely to be before you travel, and use a very high SPF of at least 50.