Epilepsy travel insurance
The right medical insurance for those suffering from Epilepsy
If you have epilepsy and are planning your holiday, getting travel insurance for epilepsy is going to be an important part of your preparations. At AllClear we make it simple to find the right epilepsy travel insurance for you!
We’re specialists in providing travel insurance for pre-existing medical conditions. This means we can offer you specialist medical travel insurance for epilepsy. It can be helpful to have specialist cover for your condition to ensure you have cover for any possibility.
Our epilepsy travel insurance provides cover for*:
- Use of a 24 hour medical emergency helpline. This allows you to access assistance in the event of a medical emergency.
- Any unplanned medical treatment.
- Medication if yours need replacing.
*Different provider’s policies vary so check your policy wording.
- We offer multiple epilepsy policy quotes for you to review. This means you can see all the premiums available to you in one place.
- We have over 16 years of experience providing medical travel insurance for epilepsy.
- You can get your quote quickly and easily online or over the phone.
- You can receive a quote whatever your age as we don’t have upper age limits on our AllClear policies.
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.
- Any age. Any medical condition. Any destination.
Frequently asked questions
Your condition is managed/You have not had a fit for many years, do you still need to declare epilepsy?
Yes, you will need to declare epilepsy regardless of how long ago it occurred or whether it’s managed. However, we will factor in the severity of your condition so the premium will reflect this.
You have an epilepsy related condition, will it be covered under epilepsy?
If you are in doubt about whether your conditions are covered under ‘epilepsy’ our expert Customer Care Team can offer help. You can contact them via Live Chat.
What will affect the price of your policy?
The premiums we offer are determined using a variety of factors. These include:
- Medical condition.
We accurately calculate medical conditions’ risk, including epilepsy. We do this by using 15 years of comprehensive claims data.
We’re more likely to make a claim as we grow older. This is calculated into the premium we can provide you.
In some countries, healthcare is more expensive. This is just one of many factors that affect how a destination may affect your premium.
If you are on holiday for a longer duration your premium will reflect this.
We provide you with a selection of epilepsy travel insurance quotes calculated based on these factors. This means you can select the policy that best suits your needs.
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Tips for travelling with epilepsy
If you are travelling with epilepsy, you’ll probably know the appropriate precautions to take in your everyday life. However, you may also find your condition tricky to manage when you just want to focus on enjoying yourself on holiday.
That’s why Big Tick has put together these handy tips on travelling with epilepsy.
Big Tick’s epilepsy travel tips
Make a plan
- Make sure that you plan your trip well in advance. This will help ensure that you can do everything you want to, and will help you avoid any potential triggers.
Epilepsy travel insurance
- If you need medical treatment for your epilepsy while you’re away, it can be very expensive. Specialist epilepsy travel insurance should cover you for these eventualities. Just make sure you declare your epilepsy as a pre-existing medical condition when getting your travel insurance.
Don’t travel alone
- If you have frequent seizures or experience loss of consciousness, confusion, or changes in behaviour during or after a seizure, you should probably have a companion with you. Your companion should know what to do in case of a seizure and should be able to explain to others around you what is happening, especially if you are flying.
Be prepared when flying
- Some people with epilepsy have concerns about flying. It might be helpful to carry a doctor’s letter, giving the flight crew a few guidelines in case of a seizure during the trip. Leave yourself plenty of time for all your travelling to minimise stress on the journey. Some airlines also have additional guidelines concerning people with epilepsy. An example might be for you to sit in an aisle seat in case you have a seizure. Further details may be available from your travel agent, or directly from the airline concerned.
- Travelling long haul can be exhausting even for those without medical conditions. With this in mind, consider how much you want to take on and avoid overexerting yourself.
Keep up with medications
- You could discuss your epilepsy medication routine with your doctor before you depart. This can help you plan out a medication schedule and decide how much to pack. Try to carry at least a day’s supply with you at all times. Make sure you have additional supplies of your epilepsy medication in case any is lost, damaged or you are delayed. Store and carry medications in properly labelled bottles to avoid any unnecessary issues with airport security.
- Pay attention to time zone changes, and carefully plan so that you don’t miss a dose. Your doctor will be able to tell you the new times to take your medication if you’re changing times zones. Be sure to bring not only your daily epilepsy medication, but also any that your doctor has prescribed to be used in the event of “breakthrough” seizures.
Take precautions if you have a VNS
- A vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) device is a small battery or generator that is implanted in the chest wall and sends pulses of electrical energy to the brain to prevent seizures. As airport security has recently become stricter, they are likely to question this piece of equipment. To avoid any unnecessary delays, carry your VNS registration card with you and have your doctor include an explanation of the device in their letter.
Wear a medical alert bracelet
- If you have epilepsy, wearing a medical ID bracelet could be important, especially when you are travelling. If medical personnel are alerted to your condition by a medical ID they may be able to treat you more quickly in the event of an emergency. When you are away from your doctor, family, and friends who understand your condition, a medical ID could be essential. Also, write out a list of your epilepsy medication. In addition to the names of your medicines, be sure to include the dosages and how often you take them. Put this list in an obvious place for emergency workers to find.
Do your best to maintain your routine as you do at home
- Changing your sleep/wake cycle or taking your epilepsy medication at a different time can increase your risk of having a seizure, even if you’ve been seizure-free for quite some time. Try to maintain your regular sleep patterns as sleep disruption can prompt epilepsy seizures for some people. It could be that you have no choice but to change your routine while on holiday. If this is the case ask your doctor about ways to lessen the chances of a seizure.
- Also, when you are out and about, take extra medication in your day bag. This may also allow you to be more flexible with your plans as the day unfolds. Listen to your body! If you need to rest don’t be afraid of telling your travel companions that you need to head back to the room. If they understand your epilepsy this won’t be an issue.
Drink plenty of fluids
- The effects of dehydration can trigger a seizure so be sure to drink water before, during and after your flight. If you’re travelling to somewhere hot, keep bottled water on you at all times and sip throughout the day.
Use the same precautions that you would at home
- If you don’t swim alone at home, then don’t do it on holiday. If you don’t drink alcohol at home, don’t do it on holiday. In general, be on the lookout for potential hazards (moving vehicles, sharp corners, unprotected drop-offs) and take precautions just as you would at home.
- Enjoy your holiday and take it as an opportunity to relax and unwind away from daily life.
You can find out more information at The Epilepsy Society. If you are ready you can get a quote.