Travelling with diabetes should not be a problem provided you have planned your trip and purchased the correct level of cover from your travel insurance provider. Diabetes needs to be declared as a pre-existing condition and remember to declare any related conditions you have such as high blood pressure, retinopathy and leg and foot ulcers.
More than 3 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and it is estimated that around 850,000 people have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. There are 3 types of diabetes, type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. There are a variety of symptoms for diabetes including tiredness, losing weight without trying, blurred vision and cuts and wounds that take longer to heal.
By booking your travel insurance with Direct Travel we may be able to offer cover to customers with diabetes 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 diabetes 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.