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Diabetes travel insurance

There are many people in the UK who might feel that the medical problems such as diabetes are holding them back from going on the holiday of their dreams. Even more upsetting can be the thought that people cannot afford to visit family abroad because of expensive travel insurance premiums charged against an existing medical problem such as diabetes.

Find the best diabetes travel insurance now

Medical costs abroad can be very expensive and without adequate insurance cover you can end up facing financial ruin if you suffer from a health-related problem while aboard.

There are numerous and different options to help you choose the right travel insurance and the best diabetes travel insurance in the market today. The good thing about travelling abroad when you are fully insured, but perhaps worried about a medical condition, is that you can relax and unwind while away without having to worry about issues such as whether or not you are covered should anything happen.

With diabetes there are many insurers who will cover type 2 diabetes without increasing their standard premium, and perhaps without even requiring medical screening. However this is normally subject to certain criteria being met, so do check you meet the requirements fully.

Where can I purchase diabetes travel insurance?

Diabetes travel insurance can be purchased in many ways. You can even get a quote diabetes travel insurance online or over the telephone. These days there are numerous platforms available, so purchasing travel insurance when in bad health is a procedure that can be solved within minutes.

We do recommend however running a number of quotations for diabetes travel insurance - companies do try to entice customers in with discounts, savings, or 'no loading' offers, but we also see those who do not make such bold marketing statements offer equally good or better cover for less. It is very difficult to measure the value of a 15% off promotion when the base price is subject to so many variances, especially when medical conditions such as diabetes are concerned!

What are the requirements for obtaining diabetes travel insurance?

In order to make an accurate assessment of your risk, an insurance company will ask for your medical history in order to tailor the insurance to your specific case. The price you pay for travel insurance with medical conditions can vary widely depending on the specific type of illness or circumstances.

Do remember that is another member of your party has diabetes that your cancellation cover may not be applicable if you have to cancel, but your insurer is not aware of your travelling companions condition. If you are in this situation and you are unable to be all insured on the same policy discuss this with all travel insurers involved.

Tips for finding the best diabetes travel insurance

Something to bear in mind when looking for relevant travel insurance to cover a specific health condition is to remember that you should always tell the truth when making an application for insurance. If you do not reveal you full state of health and make a claim on your insurance at a later date, it could be invalid and you'd be left to cover full medical and repatriation costs back to the UK.

Travel advice for diabetics

VoyageMD is a very useful free access website for people living with diabetes (or those travelling with them) and who are planning to long haul trips. There is plenty of practical information for the travellers with diabetes including:

  • advice about what to pack
  • airline and hotel information
  • a flight calculator which provides information of timing and frequency of glucose monitoring and insulin injections whilst crossing time zones.

This information is based on journalistic investigation and research. It is not financial advice. Any information should be considered in regard to specific circumstances. Any suggestions followed up are done so at your own risk and your own research is key.

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Diabetes Travel Insurance

Want to talk to someone regarding travel insurance covering diabetes?


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Company can suggest the best policies dependent of the severity of your condition and other medical conditions
Call friendly Freephone no 0800 542 7166 (M-F: 9am-8pm, Sat 9-4, Sun 10-4) or get a quote online

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Broker offering 12+ diabetes specialist insurers
Over 250 conditions covered without medical screening
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Call 0843 227 8231 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9-1) or get a quote online

Standard Insurers providing optional cover for diabetics

insure for you
Choice of cover options
Covers ages to 79 (74 for Annual policies)
Single trip policies to 122 days (30 days for over 70s)
Online screening for conditions including diabetes

Columbus Direct
Travel insurance with diabetes cover for ages to 99 (Single Trip online) or 74 (AMT)
Link for 2% off Single Trip policies
Link for 5% off Annual Multi Trip (AMT) policies
Optional cover for Natural Disasters incl. Volcanic Eruptions

Insurance with cover for diabetes
Up to 12% off Travel Insurance policies using a voucher code - click for further information
Both single trip and annual policies available up to 85 y.o.
Diabetes cover available from only £3 extra

Specialist Insurers offering travel insurance over 70 with medical conditions cover

All Clear Travel
No age limit on Single Trip Policies (AMT limit 65)
Can cover almost any pre existing medical condition, any age or any destination
Can cover those who have a terminal prognosis
Can cover travelling companions

avanti travel insurance
Covers ages to 85 (75 for Annual policies)
5% off Travel Insurance policies using a voucher code - click for further information
Specialists in over 50's Travel Insurance
Wide range of diabetes and severities covered, some without loading

good to go travel insurance
Specialist insurance for medical conditions
No age limit on Single Trip Policies (AMT limit 65)
Covers wide range of pre existing medical conditions including Mental Health, Severe & Terminal Conditions
Cover for those undertaking chemotherapy or radiotherapy

Staysure Insurance
Single Trip age limit 86, Annual 81 and Long Stay 76 years old
Over 220 pre existing medical conditions covered free
Travel Insurance for over 50s with a medical condition
Type 2 diabetes covered without loading (conditions apply)

Our panel of travel insurers can help those looking for travel insurance covering almost all types of diabetes and complications which occur as a result of diabetes, as long as your doctor is happy for you to travel. These include:

Type 1 diabetes, (insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or IDDM, juvenile diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes,(non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or NIDDM) adult-onset diabetes.

Gestational diabetes

Other forms of diabetes mellitus including congenital diabetes, cystic fibrosis-related diabetes, steroid diabetes and monogenic diabetes.

Acute complications including hypoglycemia, diabetic ketoacidosis, or nonketotic hyperosmolar coma and long-term complications such as cardiovascular disease, chronic renal failure, retinal damage.