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Why do you need High Blood Pressure Travel Insurance?

High Blood Pressure travel insurance covers you if you have high blood pressure and wish to travel with peace of mind. This type of insurance covers you for medical emergencies, 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. In particular, during the Coronavirus pandemic, 40% of you said that travel insurance is more important to you than ever.

40% of 7603 customers surveyed in July 2020 said travel insurance is more important since the Coronavirus pandemic

Hypertension (or high blood pressure) is quite common. Half of all those aged over 65 have it. Because of this, many people don’t tell their travel insurance provider about their hypertension before they travel.

However, it’s classed as a pre-existing medical condition, which means that not declaring it could invalidate your policy if you need to make a claim. If you needed medical treatment as a result of your hypertension while on holiday, you may end up footing the bill. Comphensive travel insurance including your high blood pressue will cover you for urgent, specialist medical care when you’re away.

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.

Why high blood pressure travel insurance is so important

Providing you have fully declared your high blood pressure, your policy should:

  • Cover claims for any lost or damaged medication which could be vital in the control of your high blood pressure.
  • Cover any unplanned medical treatment, repatriation or curtailment (cutting short your trip).

Policies differ across insurance providers so ensure you check policy details before you buy.

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Travelling with Hypertension: Travel Tips

Before you go

Travelling with hypertension (high blood pressure) shouldn’t be a problem for you, but you may need to stock up on extra medication in case of delays and you may want to get some personalised advice from your GP.

Plus, your doctor may have some good hypertension travel tips for you, and will remind you of any warning signs you need to be aware of.

Planning for a great holiday

Don’t forget your medication! Other things to think about when it comes to your treatment plan while on holiday include:

  • Keeping your medication with you in your hand luggage.
  • Ensuring you keep your tablets in their original boxes, which state the names and dosages as well as your own name. You could also take a copy of your prescription. This will help prevent any issues at customs and also make it easier for you to source more if needed.
  • Working out which times of day you need to take your tablets, especially if you’re travelling into a different time zone. Your doctor can help you with this if needed.

Stay hydrated

A simple way of staying healthy and minimising any problems related to travelling with hypertension is staying well hydrated, especially in hot climates. Always keep some botteld water in your bag while you’re out sightseeing.

Travelling to your destination

Luckily, flying doesn’t affect blood pressure in most cases. However, if your blood pressure tends to be unstable or especially high, check with your doctor before finalizing your travel plans. If you know you’ll need oxygen while on the plane, advise your airline in advance and check in early so that staff can make suitable arrangements. Help yourself out by getting to the terminal in plenty of time for your flight, too. Unnecessary stress is not what you need!

Spas

Unfortunately, it’s best to avoid Jacuzzis, hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms. These types of spa facilities are generally not recommended for people with hypertension. If you really want to make use of them, then ask your doctor for advice in advance.

If you get ill…

If you get ill or develop diarrhoea, then it’s vital you seek treatment quickly. Why? If you’re taking an ACE inhibitor or angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB), losing fluid from the body increases the blood-pressure-lowering effect of these medicines.

Remember to take the contact details of your emergency medical assistance company from your travel insurance policy with you.

FAQs

Annual multi-trip or single trip?

An annual multi-trip policy allows you to travel multiple times within a year. The maximum duration of these trips varies between policies. However, it is usually between 31 to 45 days.

If you need a longer trip duration or, if you only plan on travelling once in the year, then a single trip travel insurance policy may be right for you.

What will affect the price of your policy?

We calculate the premiums you’re displayed using multiple factors. These include age, trip duration, destination and pre-existing medical conditions.

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[1] Based on Trustpilot reviews of all companies in the Travel Insurance Company category that have over 25,000 reviews as of May 2021.