High blood pressure is one of the most common medical conditions in the UK with around one in three adults having the condition¹ (with 50% of those undiagnosed or not yet receiving treatment¹). High blood pressure is responsible for over half of all strokes and heart attacks in the UK¹, and is therefore a medical condition that should be taken seriously. However, many people who have high blood pressure live normal and fulfilling lives, therefore, having high blood pressure shouldn’t be a barrier to travelling as long as it is well-controlled and managed. It certainly shouldn’t make buying suitable travel insurance cover hard to find either!
Here at Get Going, we offer medical travel insurance policies for people with high blood pressure, as well as other medical conditions, allowing you to focus on what really matters, your next holiday!
Can you get travel insurance with high blood pressure?
Yes! We provide travel insurance protection for people with high blood pressure all the time, in fact, it’s one of our most commonly covered medical conditions. However, when travelling with any medical condition, you should always consult your GP first, to ensure they believe it is safe for you to travel. If you are travelling with high blood pressure, you must make sure that you’ve declared this when taking out a quote, and have the appropriate cover for it. You can declare your medical condition easily online when you get a quote, or by calling our friendly customer service team.
What is considered high blood pressure for travel insurance?
According to Blood Pressure UK, an ideal blood pressure reading is between 90/60mmHg and 120/80mmHg, anyone with consistent readings of 140/90mmHg and above is considered to have high blood pressure⁹. That being said, if you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure, are taking prescribed medication for high blood pressure, or are currently seeing a medical professional due to high blood pressure then you must declare this when taking out a travel insurance policy – you must not rely on your blood pressure readings alone as this could mean you are not covered in the event of a claim.
What impact will declaring high blood pressure have on my travel insurance?
Just like all other medical conditions, it is important any pre-existing conditions are declared accurately when taking out travel insurance protection. Failure to declare high blood pressure (and/or any other medical conditions) could mean that you are not covered to cancel your trip or be able to submit a claim for any medical expenses incurred whilst on holiday, if the claim is related to the condition. Therefore, it is essential that you fully declare any and all conditions and make sure you have appropriate cover in place for your trip.
An additional premium may be added to your policy to cover your condition, depending on the outcome of the short medical questionnaire. However, this is the same for all medical conditions that are declared during the quote process. We try our best to keep costs as low as possible, while still offering you suitable protection for you and your trip.
Our quick, easy and secure process for buying travel insurance allows us to offer you the best level of protection and provides the reassurance that you need for your holiday. Find out more by getting a quote.
What are the benefits of a Get Going travel insurance policy with high blood pressure cover?
- Up to £10 million medical expenses cover⁸
- Standard COVID cover included on all policies³
- Up to £5,000 cancellation cover⁴
- Mobility and disability equipment covered
- Up to £5,000 if you have to cut your trip short⁴
- Over 100 sports and activities included as standard
- Up to £4,000 personal possessions cover⁵
- Exclusive discount available for at-home COVID tests
- Single trip policies available for staycations, so you can get covered for any trip within the UK providing it is for 3 days or more
- A 14-day cooling-off period on all policies, giving you time to read your documents thoroughly and ensure that the chosen policy is right for you
Why choose Get Going travel insurance with high blood pressure cover?
- Rated ‘Excellent’ By Over 7,200 Customers!⁶
- Access to our 24/7 emergency medical assistance team
- 93% of our customers rated us 4 or 5 stars on Trustpilot⁶
- UK, Europe and Worldwide policies available
- Discounts available when buying cover online
- Discounts on Couples & Family policies
- FREE and SECURE Customer Area to access your policy details
What cover is available with high blood pressure travel insurance?
We’re here to ensure that no matter which medical condition(s) you have, we provide you with the freedom to roam the globe as you please, where possible. High blood pressure is one of our most commonly covered conditions.
|Key expenses that we provide cover for:|
|Up to £10 million medical expenses cover||Up to £2 million cover for personal liability|
|Up to £25,000 for personal accident||Up to £5,000 cancellation cover|
|Up to £4,000 personal possessions cover||Up to £5,000 if you have to cut your trip short|
For more details on all the cover that we provide with our policies, please visit our cover levels page.
How to fly safely after a high blood pressure diagnosis
Having high blood pressure shouldn’t limit your ability to travel and jet off abroad. Most people with this condition should be completely fine to fly as normal. However, like with any condition, it’s important to speak with your GP first before booking your trip to ensure that you are fit to fly, have the correct medication, have declared your medical history to your travel insurance provider, and are fully prepared. Scroll down for some top tips on flying with high blood pressure.
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Our top tips for flying with high blood pressure:
Flying can be daunting enough at the best of times, let alone when you’re travelling with a medical condition, however, to remain safe and calm, preparation is key, the following tips will help give you the reassurance that you need before you step foot on the plane:
- Always pack your medication in your hand luggage, maybe even bring some spare just in case there is an emergency or if your bag goes missing. All Get Going policies cover you for the replacement of emergency prescription medication if it’s lost/stolen, but it’s always best to have a reserve.
- Avoid drinking alcohol on your flight, instead, drink plenty of water.
- Bring your own food with you. Airlines will likely offer you in-flight snacks, however, these may contain added salt, which is not good for high blood pressure.
- Leave for the airport with plenty of time for traffic etc. to reduce the chance of your stress levels rising as a result of rushing around!
- As a high blood pressure sufferer, you are more at risk of deep vein thrombosis. To minimise this risk while flying, either get up out of your seat, move around and have a stretch, or try some seated exercises. Some of the exercises you might like to try include: Stretching out your legs and pointing your toes, rolling your shoulders back and forth, and lifting up your feet to rotate your ankles. You can even buy specialist compression stockings (or socks) to wear during the flight to help minimise the risk of blood clots. However, we recommend speaking to your doctor about this first.
- Finally, please ensure that you accurately declare your medical condition(s) to make sure that you get the right cover required for your high blood pressure.
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⁹ Source: https://www.bloodpressureuk.org/news/media-centre/blood-pressure-facts-and-figures/, up-to-date as of December, 2022
² Based on independent research conducted by finder.com in 2020: https://www.finder.com/uk/travel-insurance-customer-satisfaction-awards.
³ For more information about our coronavirus cover, including what is covered as standard on our policies and what additional cover can be purchased, please visit this page
⁴ Under all our Premier & Diamond policies
⁵ Under all our Diamond policies
⁶ Based on Trustpilot data from 2022
⁸ Under all Get Going policies
*ƗPlease note, Get Going ‘s online prices automatically include a 15% discount against our Customer Service Centre prices. This is discounted from our core policy price before you add any additional cost of optional extensions or additional medical premium.
$Get Going has been rated 4.7 out of 5 (Excellent) based on over 7000 customer reviews on Trustpilot. Based on Trustpilot data 2023
¹ Pricing based on an individual, aged 50, travelling to France, for 3 days, if purchased within 93 days of travelling on an Get Going Basic Single Trip policy. Prices correct as of 12/09/2023