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.

Originally posted: 27th Jan 2020

High blood pressure travel insurance

Finding suitable travel cover for high blood pressure can be a stressful exercise even of itself - which is why we’re making it easier for customers to shop around.

There’s no need to bounce from website to website to try and compare different quotes when you can come straight to us!

We help you find fast, competitive quotes for specialist high blood pressure travel insurance - and you can compare across over 40 leading insurance providers. Come and explore your options today!

For further information about living with high blood pressure, visit Blood Pressure UK.

Why do I need to declare my high blood pressure for travel insurance?

If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure, then you should always declare it when getting quotes for travel insurance with us.

It’s a simple part of our straightforward online form - and it helps us match you to the most relevant providers for your particular circumstances.

Once you’ve declared high blood pressure, you have the freedom to choose from a variety of competitive quotes for specialist high blood pressure cover.

Having the right level of cover is an absolute must when you have high blood pressure. It gives you peace of mind and alleviates that feeling of doubt or worry that you might need to pay a price if things go wrong.

So, all the more reason to get it sorted! Our quick and easy price comparison tool is the perfect place to start.

Getting the right travel insurance with high blood pressure

Getting the right travel insurance with high blood pressure is very quick and easy with us. We work with all the best providers - so you can rest assured that you’ll end up with a policy from a reputable source, with suitable cover in place to protect you on your trip.

With a list of quotes for high blood pressure travel insurance available to you as soon as you complete the online form, all you need to do is compare. It literally takes 5 minutes. Shopping around has never been easier!

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Dr Sarah Jarvis, MBE

Top tips for travelling with high blood pressure

Sarah is the Clinical Director of the Patient Platform Limited, an active medical writer, broadcaster, and is the resident doctor for BBC Radio 2.

High blood pressure very rarely causes symptoms, so you don’t usually know you have it unless you have your blood pressure checked. Left untreated high blood pressure is a major risk factor for a heart attack and stroke.

Having high blood pressure shouldn’t stop you travelling (including by air) or enjoying a holiday if it’s controlled. However, you should speak to your doctor before you book if your blood pressure readings have been very high or unstable.

Here are my top tips for travelling safely if you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure:

  1. If your blood pressure is well controlled, you don’t necessarily need a blood pressure check just before you travel. However if your most recent readings have been raised, or you haven’t had a blood pressure check for over six months, see your GP or practice nurse for a reading before you travel.
  2. While you’re flying, avoid alcohol, keep hydrated with non-alcoholic fluids and move around the cabin regularly.
  3. Alcohol and exotic foods may feel like they’re an integral part of being on holiday, but remember that both alcohol and salty foods can raise your blood pressure.
  4. Some blood pressure medicines are diuretics – they get rid of excess fluid, bringing your blood pressure down, but these medications may make you more prone to dehydration if you’re in a very hot country or have diarrhoea and/or vomiting. Your pharmacist can advise how your blood pressure tablets work.
  5. Most people with high blood pressure can use saunas and hot tubs safely. However, they can cause your blood pressure to drop as blood vessels on your skin dilate to cool you down. So, look out for signs of low blood pressure, such as feeling light-headed, dizzy or faint.
  6. Most holiday activities are fine if your blood pressure is well controlled. In general, keeping fit with regular exercise is actively encouraged if you have high blood pressure. However, as at home, you should avoid exercise which may cause sudden extreme increases in blood pressure, such as squash, boxing or lifting heavy weights.
  7. Scuba diving involves rapid changes in the pressure on your body, which can affect your blood pressure. You may need a medical examination to clear you to dive if you have blood pressure – always check beforehand.
  8. Order your repeat prescription well in advance.
  9. Make sure you have enough tablets to last your whole trip and a little longer, in case of delays – you may need to order your repeat prescription early.
  10. If you’re going on a longer trip, check the expiry date of your tablets to make sure they’ll stay in date for the whole time you’re away.
  11. Take a copy of your repeat prescription with you, packed in your hand luggage with your tablets in their original packaging. Find out more about travelling with medication.
  12. Consider getting a letter from your doctor about your medication, latest blood pressure and if relevant your most recent blood test results. This can make it easier if you’re stopped at airport security or have a medical emergency while you’re away. Remember your GP may charge for this letter.
  13. If you’re flying across time zones, adjust the timing of your medication gradually so you’re not taking your tablets too close together or too far apart. Your pharmacist can advise.
  14. When buying travel insurance, you need to declare if you’ve ever been diagnosed with high blood pressure – even if it’s now controlled. Failure to do so could invalidate your insurance.
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Key features of our travel insurance comparison for high blood pressure

The great thing about our online comparison tool is that it’s built on understanding your medical history to help you find the most suitable travel insurance option for you - with quotes across several leading providers in seconds.

Once you declare high blood pressure as a condition, it’s likely you’ll need to answer a few questions. The level of these questions will depend on the nature of your specific condition.

This feature enables us to return quotes from providers who actually offer the cover you need.

Why choose Medical Travel Compared?

So, you know our process is fast, simple and convenient - but why else should you choose Medical Travel Compared?

When it comes to medical conditions - high blood pressure is one of thousands of conditions you could get covered for through us. If you need to add any other related conditions to your quote - you can do so just as easily.

We work with over 40 specialist insurance providers - including the likes of Legal & General, More Than, Virgin Money and Admiral.

These are all leading providers with a great track record when it comes to specialist medical travel insurance - and all you need to do to access them is to complete our simple online form in minutes.

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What’s covered?

Besides getting the level of specialist coverage included for high blood pressure travel insurance, there are a few basic things you’ll need to look out for in a policy.

This includes cancellation and curtailment cover, personal liability, travel delay and of course - an acceptable limit included for medical expenses and repatriation.

Costs of high blood pressure travel insurance

The base rate for a standard travel insurance policy is normally calculated based on the following:

  • Age
  • Destination
  • Duration of stay

These all have their own bearing on the cost of a policy - but once you add specialist high blood pressure coverage on top of that, your premium is likely to increase to cater for the additional medical cover you might need should you be taken ill during your trip.

The cost is also likely to vary from provider to provider - which you’ll see when comparing quotes.

Single trip travel insurance with high blood pressure

The cost will also be influenced by the type of policy you choose to purchase.

Single trip insurance is the best type of policy for those who only go abroad once or twice a year. When planning a single trip in this case - it’s best to get quotes for single trip travel insurance including cover for high blood pressure.

At least then you know you’re fully covered in the event of needing medical attention for your condition during your holiday.

Annual travel insurance with high blood pressure

If you have high blood pressure AND you tend to travel multiple times per year - annual travel insurance is probably a better option.

It could save money in the long-term - and also saves you the trouble of taking out a single trip policy every time you go abroad.

If you know exactly what type of policy you need to select for high blood pressure travel insurance - you may as well explore your options and get a quote today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, we'll need to know if you or any traveller on your policy has ever suffered from any circulatory conditions. So, this could be a condition that is present now or a condition that you've had in the past and have made a full recovery from. But don't worry, we'll ask you a set of questions relating to your condition to take your individual circumstances into account.
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 declared high blood pressure 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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