Tommy Lloyd
Author: Tommy Lloyd, Managing Director

Tommy has over 15 years experience within the insurance industry, and his primary focus is helping travellers find the right cover for their medical conditions.

COVID-19 Cover Update

We’ll only show you quotes from providers who are able to cover emergency medical expenses if you catch the virus abroad, and some of our providers are able to offer additional cover. Please see the below frequently asked questions, or read our full guide for more information.

Why do you need travel insurance for epilepsy?

When you’re looking for travel insurance for an upcoming trip, you may need to declare your epilepsy alongside any other medical conditions. If you don’t, you may end up with a policy that doesn’t fit your needs, so if something goes wrong while you’re away, you may not be properly covered.

A health insurance policy that provides specific cover for epilepsy takes away any worry, leaving you confident in the knowledge you’ll be covered should anything happen. What’s more, Medical Travel Compared makes the process of finding appropriate cover as simple for you as possible; comparing prices from over 30 leading health insurance providers in one place.

Unfortunately, as with many medical conditions, most standard travel insurance policies don’t include specific cover for epilepsy, even though almost 1 in 100 people in the UK have epilepsy.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t get cover that does. Medical Travel Compared can help you find a policy that protects you against the various costs you might incur as a result of your epilepsy, so you can concentrate less on worrying about how you’ll cope financially if something goes wrong and more on enjoying your trip.

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What does epilepsy travel insurance typically cover?

Cover varies across the different specialist epilepsy travel insurance providers - but in the main, most policies will include cover for the following: 

  • Cancellation
  • Medical expenses & repatriation
  • Theft/loss of belongings
  • Personal accident

Some policies will offer more coverage than others depending on the nature of your epilepsy - so please bear that in mind also.

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Travel insurance for a child with epilepsy?

Travelling with a child who has epilepsy? We can help you sort out the right insurance for them, too.

With Medical Travel Compared, you can easily search for epilepsy travel insurance for children. So you can relax knowing their condition is fully covered before you get on the plane.

Having the right holiday insurance will allow you and your child to enjoy your trip, without needing to worry about any expensive medical costs.

Just ensure that you have declared epilepsy as a pre-existing condition before taking out travel insurance - especially if you’re comparing family or group cover.

Medical screening for epilepsy travel insurance

In order to get a better understanding of your condition and broader medical history, we will ask you a number of questions about your condition.

This will help us determine the cover you’ll need - and generate a list of quotes from only the most relevant specialist epilepsy travel insurance providers. 

For example, you may be asked about symptoms such as seizures, medication as well as any unplanned hospital admissions.

The process is really simple, and you’ll complete it in no time.

Compare quotes from specialist epilepsy travel insurance providers

Our online quote comparison tool enables you to compare cover across a range of epilepsy travel insurance providers in minutes.

Once you’ve told us where you’re going and for how long - you can let us know about your pre-existing medical conditions and declare your epilepsy. 

Once you’ve answered the questions in relation to your medical history, we’ll provide you with a list of quotes to compare from. 

We work with over 30 specialist medical travel insurance providers - so you certainly won’t be short of choice!

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Frequently Asked Questions

We’ll only show you quotes from providers who are able to cover emergency medical expenses (including repatriation to the UK) if you catch the virus whilst travelling abroad.

Some of our providers are able to offer additional cover, such as cancellation cover should you catch COVID-19 or have to self-isolate because of suspected symptoms before departure. We’ll make it clear who these providers are when you’re comparing quotes so you can choose the policy that is right for you.

This doesn’t apply to all insurance providers, so unless otherwise stated, for all other sections of cover, you wouldn’t be covered if making a claim as a result of COVID-19.

For more information, we recommend reading our full guide here.

If the FCO are advising against all, or all but essential travel to your destination at the time of your trip, there will be no, or extremely limited cover provided by your policy.

You can still choose to take out a policy now for a future holiday, but it is very important to note that if the FCO are still advising against all but essential travel to your destination at the time of your trip, your cover will not be valid.

For more information, we recommend reading our full guide here.

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!
It's really simple and quick to do! After you've told us about your trip details and answered some medical history questions you can add your pre-existing conditions, one by one, for each traveller. You'll only need to enter your details once, it's all online and there's no need to call, or provide details of your conditions in writing.
Once you've declared all of your relevant pre-existing medical conditions we'll only show you quotes based on the conditions you have told us about.
No, we are unable to provide cover with any of your pre-existing medical conditions excluded.
Nearly all insurance policies will come with cancellation cover included. Cancellation cover will start as soon as you buy your single trip policy, or your policy start date for an annual trip (so you may want to start this cover as soon as possible). Cancellation cover will help you with the cost of your trip, including flights, accommodation and, in some cases pre-paid excursions. The cover limits will be the amount per person.

* Price is based on 1 traveller aged 61, who has epilepsy and is travelling to Spain for 7 nights. Price is correct as of December 2019. Prices may vary according to your individual requirements.

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