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Skin cancer travel insurance

Melanoma skin cancer is the 5th most common cancer in the UK. And, like other forms of cancer, it can make finding travel insurance more difficult. However, since 2000, we at AllClear have been providing travel insurance to people with pre-existing medical conditions. This has included providing specialist skin cancer travel insurance. We’re dedicated to making skin cancer travel insurance more accessible and easier to compare and buy. So, you can plan your trip and then lay back, relax and enjoy your holiday knowing that AllClear have you covered.

Our travel insurance for skin cancer provides cover for*

  • A 24 hour emergency helpline for when you’re abroad. So, you have assistance for any medical emergency.
  • Any unplanned medical treatment you may need while abroad.
  • Replacement medication if yours needs replacing.

*Different provider’s policies vary so check your policy wording.

Why AllClear?

  • We have been providing people with specialist skin cancer travel insurance since 2000. So, with a legacy of experience, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.
  • Clear, simple and quick. Our online quote process can be completed in minutes. You can also phone our dedicated Customer Care Team.
  • Our AllClear policies have no upper age limit. So, you can find a quote no matter your age!
  • Compare and review quotes using our online comparison site.  Find the skin cancer travel insurance coverage that’s right for you.

What we cover!

  • Medical emergency expenses.
  • Cancellation/cutting short your trip.
  • Personal property.
  • Missed departure/travel delay.
  • Cruises.
  • Winter sports.
  • Golf 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

Your skin cancer is in remission, do you still need to declare it?

Yes. When searching for travel insurance after skin cancer you will still need to declare your past condition. If you have ever received a diagnosis of cancer you will need to declare it. For further information visit our help article: What you need to declare.

How does skin cancer affect travel insurance?

Once you have declared skin cancer we will ask some further questions. This will determine the level of severity of your condition. We will then calculate your premium using the information you have provided us.

What will affect the price of your policy?

We determine the price of your policy on many factors. These include: where you’re travelling to, how long you’ll be there, your age as well as any medical conditions you may have.

Single trip or annual multi-trip?

If you’re going on 2 or more trips in a year you may benefit from purchasing an annual multi-trip policy. A skin cancer annual multi-trip travel insurance policy offers cover for unlimited trips from the UK to your holiday destination within a year. The maximum duration for these trips varies between policies but is typically between 31 to 45 days.

If you need longer or if you only plan on travelling once within a year, then a single trip travel insurance policy may be better.

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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Big Tick’s skin cancer travel tips

Provided you’ve been declared fit to travel, a holiday could be good idea if you’ve been affected by skin cancer. However, you will need to consider things like transportation, climate, medication and changes in lifestyle and what these mean for your condition. To help you manage your skin cancer or your recovery from skin cancer while on holiday, we’ve put together this handy guide.

Planning your trip

  • To take some of the stress out of planning your holiday, try planning it at least 3-4 weeks in advance. You may want to take notes of your medical history with you, including what treatment you are having or when your last set of treatments were. It’s also a good idea to have this translated into the language of the country you’re visiting if English isn’t widely spoken.

Choosing a destination

  • Planning your destination is key to ensuring you have the best experience possible. If you are still having treatment or are only just in remission, be realistic about the length of journey you can comfortably take. Jet lag is also something to consider. Travelling a shorter distance might allow you to enjoy your holiday more.
  • You may also want to consider the standard of healthcare at your destination. Not all health care standards are the same as our NHS. If you were to need medical attention would you have access to good medical care?

Flying and any medical needs you might have

  • When booking your flights, consider purchasing priority boarding passes. This allows you to get comfortable on the plane before everyone else is let on.
  • You should also contact the airline to arrange for any special needs you may have. You also need to make the airline aware of any medical equipment you would require during the flight. Getting this organised prior to your flight could make travelling a lot easier for you.

Medication and travelling across time zones

  • Visit your GP before you go on holiday. If you are on specific medication for your skin cancer they can prescribe you enough medication to last you the duration of your holiday. It’s always best to ask for some extra in case of any delays. If you’re travelling into a different time zone, your GP can let you know what new times to take your medication.
  • If you are starting new medication you may want to consider waiting until you’ve adjusted to it fully before going on holiday. Some cancer medications can make you susceptible to infection and you won’t want any side effects spoiling your stay.
  • When travelling with your medication, ensure they are kept in the original packaging with your name on the label. Also, keep a list of the medication you’ll need while you’re away.

Vaccinations and the effect they have on skin cancer patients

  • Going to a country which requires vaccinations as a condition of entry might be off limits while you’re having skin cancer treatment. It is generally advised that people with cancer not have live vaccines. This is because people undergoing cancer treatment may have a weakened immune system. It is best to check with your GP if you think you may need vaccinations.

Medical cover while travelling abroad

  • If you’re travelling in Europe you’ll be entitled to an EHIC (which replaces the E111). The EHIC is free from the NHS and it entitles you to the same level of healthcare as the residents in the country you’re visiting.
  • This means any treatment you need could be free of charge, or at a lower cost. The EHIC isn’t a valid form of travel insurance and you will still need specialist skin cancer travel insurance to fully cover you for medical care, repatriation and cancellation. For more information visit our skin cancer travel insurance page.

Staying healthy while away – skin cancer and sun care

  • Whatever stage or severity of your skin cancer, it is vital you take extra care in the sun. While you’ll want to relax by the pool on holiday, it’s recommended that you limit sun exposure on your skin where possible. Avoid the sun in peak times (from around 11am-3pm) as that is when it’s at its strongest.
  • If you’re out and about stay in the shade and make sure you’re totally covered with a sun hat, sunglasses and cotton clothing.
  • Wear sun block or SPF50 lotion to avoid any possible sun damage.
  • Stay hydrated while in a hot country and only drink bottled water. Tap water could lead to diarrhoea and vomiting. This in itself is unpleasant enough, but it will also make your medication inactive.
  • Carry a bottle of water around with you if you’re out and about to ensure you’re drinking enough.

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