Originally posted: 11th Mar 2014

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When you go on holiday with family or friends there can be advantages to covering everyone on the same travel insurance policy, particularly if one of your travelling companions has a pre-existing medical condition.

If you or a travelling companion has a pre-existing medical condition, anything from high blood pressure to diabetes, you can get more travel insurance cover by making sure that you are all covered on the same travel insurance policy.

You may think that you can save money by covering the healthy travellers on one policy, probably a cheaper one, and the traveller with the medical conditions on a separate travel insurance policy. This may be true in the short term, buying travel insurance in this way will probably work out cheaper, however it could cost you more in the long term because it leaves you with a potential gap in your travel insurance cover.

When you are all insured on the same travel insurance policy you will all be covered for cancellation in relation to your companions medical condition, provided that the condition was declared at the time of purchasing travel insurance.

(All pre-existing medical conditions need to be declared when you buy travel insurance, even something like high cholesterol which is controlled by medication).

In the event that you are forced to cancel or cut short your holiday due to something related to your companion’s medical condition, so long as you are all insured on the same policy, you would all have travel insurance cover in place to be able to cancel the holiday and make a claim to recoup the cost.

In contrast if you are all covered on separate travel insurance policies it is very unlikely that anyone insured separately from the traveller with the medical condition would have cover for cancellation in these circumstances.

The last thing you want if you have been forced to cancel a holiday due the illness of travelling companion is to find out that you will be unable to make a claim to recoup the cost.

A separate travel insurance policy is unlikely to provide cover for cancellation due to your companion’s pre-existing medical condition because it is a risk that you were aware of, but they would not have known about and therefore not provided cover for.

Covering all of your travel companions on the same policy from a travel insurer who specialises in covering medical conditions may work out a few pounds more expensive initially, but it can save you money in the long term because of the additional cover you will get for cancellation with regards to your companions pre-existing medical condition.

Remember, you can still shop around to keep the price down and it may not be as expensive as you think, insuring everyone together on one travel insurance policy could mean that you can take advantage of any couple, family or group discounts available.

Medicaltravelcompared.com can help make shopping around much easier because we can provide you with a selection of quotes to cover your travelling party, including any pre-existing medical conditions, in a matter of minutes.

You can compare prices and the level of travel insurance cover provided before choosing the right policy for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

You must have a permanent UK address, have lived in the UK for the last 6 months and be registered with a medical practitioner in the UK. All trips must start and end in the UK and you must purchase the insurance before you depart for your first trip.

Annual and Single policies can be arranged for individuals, couples, families and groups. An individual policy provides cover for one person only. A couple is two individuals living at the same address. A family is either one or two parents travelling with their child or up to 10 children (under 18 years) for whom they are legal guardians and who all reside together.  A group is 2 or more people travelling together, regardless of their relationship, up to a maximum of 12. Check with your insurance provider whether everyone insured on an Annual policy must live at the same address.

Yes, on an annual trip policy, anyone named on the policy can travel separately.

You will need to add each country that you are visiting. If you are on a flight stopover this will include any countries where you leave the airport. If you are on a cruise it includes any countries where your ship will be docking at.

A pre-existing condition is a diagnosed medical condition that existed before taking out a policy. We'll ask a series of questions about the medical history for you and any travellers on your quote. If you answer yes to any of these, you will need to tell us about the traveller's conditions. This could be a condition that a traveller has now, or has had in the past. If you are not sure what conditions you need to declare, we have online support available to help you 24/7!

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