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Diabetes is a condition that millions live with, and the key to travelling with diabetes is all about being prepared for your trip.

Make sure you can look forward to jetting off, with all the boring bits taken care of, with a specialist medical travel insurance policy from Get Going.

Do I need to declare diabetes for my holiday insurance?

To put it simply, yes. Whilst it may not be common knowledge, declaring your diabetes on your holiday insurance is a must. Like all medical conditions, declaring them is important to ensure that your policy covers you in the event that you need to make a claim.

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What are the benefits of diabetes travel insurance?

Living with a medical condition like diabetes can come with its struggles, including finding the right travel insurance for you at an affordable price, and with the suitable level of protection.

Our policies are designed to offer that top level of protection whilst giving you the assurance you need to set off on your adventures. Your travel insurance policy can include:

  • Up to £10 million medical expenses cover available
  • Up to £5k cancellation cover for your trip
  • Coronavirus cover available – to find out more, click here
  • Exclusive discount available for at-home COVID tests
  • Mobility and disability equipment covered as standard
  • Cover if your insulin or insulin pump is lost, stolen or damaged

Travel insurance for type 1 and type 2 diabetes

There are different types of diabetes and depending on whether you have type 1 or 2 can determine how you deal with it day to day.

Type 1 diabetes means the pancreas doesn’t produce insulin and type 2 diabetes is when the body doesn’t react properly to insulin. Both types of diabetes are prone to high blood glucose levels and that’s why it’s important to take the right steps whilst planning your trip.

Although travelling with diabetes is unlikely to require medical treatment abroad, the changes to your usual routine, diet and climate differences can have a negative impact on your blood glucose levels. For those who also have both type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, travelling can result in further complications.

Declaring your diabetes when buying your travel insurance policy will not only make your policy tailored to you, it’ll help give you that reassurance whilst away that you’re covered fully.

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Diabetes Travel Advice

Travelling as a diabetic can sometimes require a little bit more planning than the usual holiday goer. Here are some tips for you to bear in mind when preparing for your next adventure:

  • Note from the Doctor: Make sure if you’re carrying insulin and syringes on the flight, you have a letter from you doctor and your ID to hand.
  • Diabetic equipment: In 2017 an average of 5.5 bags per 1000 were lost or delayed – so make sure all diabetic equipment is packed in your hand luggage to avoid the risk of being without your kit when you land.
  • Be careful with insulin pumps and CGMS: If you treat your diabetes with either a pump or a continuous glucose monitor (CGM), contact the airline prior to your flight (about 2 weeks before). Do not put this equipment through whole-body scanners or x-ray machines as this can cause damage. Any luggage checked in, may go through x-ray machines as well- so if you do have diabetes, download a Medical Advice Awareness Card. This card includes information for airport security about your condition to clear up any confusion as to why you are carrying certain equipment.
  • Blood glucose conversion chart: The most common measurement in the UK is mmol/L (millimoles per litre). However, if you’re visiting the USA or continental Europe, you’ll find typically blood glucose is measured in mg/dL (milligrams per 100 millilitres). It can all get very confusing, so we recommend using a conversion chart.
  • Have snacks: Make sure you have snacks readily available throughout your trip. Transportation, excursions, days by the beach- whatever it is that you are doing, have snacks!

Useful Links

If you require extra information and help, we would recommend the following useful sites:

NHS – Travelling with diabetes

Diabetes UK – Travel & Diabetes

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