Shingles travel insurance
According to the NHS, one in every four people will have at least one outbreak of shingles in their life time. The main symptoms of shingles is a dull and burning pain, which is followed by a rash that eventually develops into painful blisters. It’s not necessarily life threatening, but anyone who has had shingles will most likely agree: it does affect your travel plans.
The key benefits you can get
- 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
What if you call it herpes zoster?
Our detailed quote system recognises there are different names for the same medical condition.
As ‘herpes zoster’ is interchangeable with shingles, you may use either name when declaring your medical conditions.
Just remember only to declare the condition once!
What if you're still taking medication for shingles?
As long as your doctor has confirmed you are fit to travel, we can offer you a quote.
Plus, all of our policies cover loss or theft of your medication.
What if you no longer need treatment for shingles?
You will need to declare shingles if you or anyone else insured on the policy have:
- Any medical condition for which you have received surgery, in or out-patient treatment, tests or investigations in a hospital, clinic or GP surgery within the last 24 months.
- Any medical condition for which you have been prescribed medication in the last 5 years.
Rest assured that if you do need to declare shingles – but you no longer need treatment – you will be able to accurately reflect your current health during questions about the condition.
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Tips for traveling with shingles
It is possible to travel after you have had shingles, you’ll just need to take a few extra precautions…
- Avoid traveling during the time before your shingles rash starts to scab over and develops a crust, as this is when you are potentially infectious to others!
- If your doctor says you are fit to travel, try to get a letter from your doctor that your shingles is not contagious so that you’re fit-to-fly.
- Wear loose fitting clothing to keep yourself comfortable on the flight.
- Make sure that your rash is kept clean and dry during travel.
- If you have been prescribed antiviral medication, bring more than enough with you to last the length of your trip. You may also want to bring painkillers to reduce your discomfort.
- Stress can make shingles flare up, so try to avoid stressful situations. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination and allow for rest time.
- Keep the affected area out of the sun and covered up, as the lesions will be more susceptible to sunburn.
- Make sure you know the emergency medical assistance number of your travel insurance. If possible, it should be the first number you call in the event of an emergency.