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Bipolar Disorder Travel Insurance

Standard travel insurance policies tend not to cover pre-existing conditions such as bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder was previously known as manic depression and affect your moods, meaning that you can swing from one extreme to another. People with bipolar disorder will have episodes of depression (feeling very low and lethargic) and mania (feeling very high and overactive). Each extreme episode of bipolar disorder can last for several weeks or even longer.

Researching for travel insurance policies has never been easier with our wide-ranging panel of insurers. Whether you are purchasing online or via our friendly call centre team, just provide your trip details, declare all your pre-existing medical conditions so we can assess your current health situation and then we will tailor the insurance quotes to best meet your needs. Please be aware that policies are always assessed on a case by case basis.

Tips and advice for travelling with bipolar disorder

  • Always make your Doctor and/or Specialist aware that you are planning to travel
  • Make sure the medication you are on works for you and avoid travelling soon after you have had a change in your medication as this may lead to adverse effects
  • Travel with someone that can identify your warning signs at the start of a mood change and is able to cope with the situation
  • Be sure to stay in contact with friends and family whilst you are away
  • If you are travelling to Europe, then it is essential that you carry an EHIC – European Health Insurance Card. Please see our dedicated page for more details - What is the Ehic

Booking your bipolar disorder travel insurance

By booking your travel insurance with Direct Travel we may be able to offer cover to customers with bipolar disorder as a pre-existing condition, provided it is declared at the medical screening stage of the booking process. Please have to hand information about your condition, any medication you are currently taking and any treatment you have received. Unfortunately, it is harder to arrange travel insurance if you are awaiting a diagnosis or treatment. You should also talk to your Doctor / Consultant before confirming travel plans.

To provide peace of mind for patients, a policy which covers family members, and/or a carer may be suitable depending on your circumstances to ensure that everyone is covered appropriately. If, due to complications relating to your bipolar disorder you are unable to travel you may be able to make a claim for cancellation. Our policies also provide a 24-hour medical assistance line, expenses relating to ambulance and hospital costs and repatriation to the UK amongst others.