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Stroke travel insurance

For stroke victims, the unpredictable nature of the condition can make the idea of travelling seem a little daunting. Holiday Extras' travel insurance policies are tailored to ensure that travellers with pre-existing medical conditions are able to holiday with peace of mind.

Do i need to declare my medical condition?

In order to secure travel insurance after a stroke, it's essential that you declare any and all pre-existing medical conditions when booking your policy. Failure to do so could invalidate any claims you make, should they pertain to any undeclared conditions.

How do I declare my condition?

Declaring your condition is a simple process and takes only a few minutes to complete. Fill in the traveller details on the quote form, complete the declaration, and you will be automatically transferred to the medical screening. You'll then need to answer a series of questions designed to provide us with the right information regarding your condition. We can then come up with a policy suited to cater for your needs as a stroke victim. Alternatively, if you'd like to speak to an advisor, you can via our Insurance Support Page where our 30 UK-based insurance experts will happily guide you through the process.

Compare travel insurance cover levels

Holiday Extras' offer three levels of cover, ranging from a basic, essential cover all the way to a premium policy.
Here is a brief overview of some of the main upper limits and inclusions that each policy offers. Alternatively, you can read through the Policy Documents for a more comprehensive overview of cover.

Can you still fly after a stroke?

The recommended period of time to wait before travel will depend on the airline, with some carriers recommending up to three months. The Civil Aviation Authority in the UK suggests waiting at least ten days after a stroke before taking a flight. In some instances, if you are in a stable condition, you may be able to fly after three days. It's important to note that you cannot fly unless both a doctor and the airline you are flying with have declared you fit to travel.

If you have had a haemorrhagic stroke (a stroke caused by bleeding into the brain), it is advised is to wait at least six weeks until you fly.

Travelling with medication

If you need to carry medication in you hand luggage, it's important that you bring a doctors note, as well as a copy of your prescription. This will help avoid any potential delays you wmay otherwise have. It will also help should you need medical attention or more medication when you're on your trip.

As well as packing enough medication for your trip, it might be worth packing an excess, should your trip be delayed, extended or you lose some.

Can I fly after a TIA?

A Transient ischaemic attack (TIA) or "mini stroke" is a less severe type of stroke that affects approximately 50/100,000 people in the UK. It's important to be mindful of these, as doctors say TIA's serve as a warning that you are at a higher risk of a stroke.

Although TIA's are less severe than a stroke (the symptoms usually dissipate within 24 hours), doctors still recommend waiting at least ten days until you fly, and to err on the side of caution.

Looking for information regarding a different condition?

Be sure to have a read up on our pre-existing medical conditions travel insurance overview page.

Holiday Extras Travel Insurance is sold and administered by Holiday Extras Cover Limited, registered office address: Ashford Road, Newingreen, Hythe, Kent CT21 4JF.

Holiday Extras Cover Limited is an insurance intermediary authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, registration number 828848. You can check this by visiting the Financial Services Register

Holiday Extras™ is a Trading Name of Holiday Extras Cover Limited. The insurance is underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance UK Limited. Great Lakes Insurance UK Limited is a company incorporated in England and Wales with company number 13436330 and whose registered office address is 10 Fenchurch Avenue, London, United Kingdom, EC3M 5BN.

Great Lakes Insurance UK Limited is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number 955859. You can check this by visiting the Financial Services Register