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.
How to get your Lupus cover
To make sure we help you find the right travel insurance we’ll ask you a few quick health questions when you’re completing your quote, for more information on this check out our guide on telling us about your health conditions.
If you suffer from Lupus, you’ll need to tell us about this health condition if you’ve seen a medical professional (such as a GP) or been prescribed medication within the last 2 years.
When telling us about your Lupus you will likely be asked some of the following:
- How long ago was the diagnosis made?
- Do you take medication or your treatment?
- Do you have any of the following complications of this condition? (for example - angina, asthma, or kidney damage)
- Do you have any shortness of breath on exertion?
This will also help us understand if you need to tell us about discoid or systemic lupus and any associated conditions (if you have any) such as Sjögren's Syndrome, Anti-phospholipid Syndrome (sticky blood), Kidney Damage and Hypertension.
Travel insurance providers will then see what cover they can offer you based on your current health, how lupus personally affects you, as well as taking into consideration your travel plans, such as where you’re travelling to and for how long.
Is lupus travel insurance expensive?
Not necessarily. In our experience, if lupus is stable and well managed with no other health conditions, getting travel insurance can be easy to get and may not cost any more than you would pay for a standard policy.
The cost of lupus travel insurance cover may be higher than normal, if you have other medical complications, or are travelling to destinations that operate a high level of privatised healthcare such as the USA, Canada, Spain, Canaries Islands and Malta for example, as it will be more costly to cover medical treatment in these countries.
If you’re having difficulty obtaining cover, you can chat with our online team and we’ll do our best to help you find a policy.
What does lupus travel insurance cover?
The level of cover you can expect varies depending on which travel insurance provider you choose. Once you’ve added lupus to your quote, we’ll only show your policies which will take your condition into account.
A typical travel insurance policy might usually include:
- Emergency medical expenses and repatriation - if you’re hospitalised, or even need to be brought back to the UK for treatment as a result of your condition.
- Lost, stolen or damaged personal belongings - this could include any medication that you’re taking with you to treat your anxiety.
- Cancellation and curtailment - if you suddenly decide to cancel your trip, or end up cutting it short.
- Travel delay - this won’t always be included, so check your cover
- Personal liability - if you cause accidental damage to another person, or someone else’s property - cover is provided.
Travelling with lupus
Although additional considerations may need to be made, travelling with lupus should never put you off travelling abroad. First and foremost, it’s highly recommended that you avoid travelling altogether if you are in the middle of a flare-up, or feeling unwell in the lead up to your holiday.
As lupus is a chronic condition, preparation is key – and you should therefore carefully plan your trip to suit you best, and ensure you remain comfortable at every possible stage of your holiday. Before you plan however, you need to consider what vaccinations and immunisations you might need. This all depends on your destination.
It is unlikely that you will need any jabs if you’re travelling to countries in Europe, North America or Oceania. However, if you do require a vaccination – you should not receive vaccines that contain live organisms if you suffer from lupus.
Does flying affect lupus?
Some people who suffer with lupus do experience a worsening of joint pain whilst flying. This is often attributed to high air pressure in the aircraft cabin.
This is somewhat unavoidable if you do fly, however most airlines enable you to do a pre-flight check in, where you can manually select your own seat on the plane. It may be best to do this as far in advance as possible to ensure you get a more comfortable seat i.e. extra leg room, or aisle seat.
Make sure you have a doctor’s note that enables you to take your medication aboard an aircraft should you need it, and ensure you keep this on your person or at least with a responsible guardian every day.
If you require advice about travelling with lupus, please visit LUPUS UK for guidance.
Also, feel free to add any optional extras that you need - such as gadget cover, cruise cover or winter sports cover.
This may slightly bump up the cost of your cover, but it’s definitely something to consider when shopping around, especially if you have different types of holidays planned.
Get cheap quotes from specialist lupus travel insurance providers
Use our straightforward quote comparison tool to find the cover you need. It literally takes minutes – there’s no need to fill out any paperwork and it’s all online.
You can compare Lupus cover across a range of specialist insurance providers, all in one place - so there should be plenty of choices.
Once you’ve got everything sorted - so you can get on with the good stuff and start planning your trip.Get a quote
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 FCDO 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 FCDO 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.
* Price is based on 1 traveller aged 61, who has declared Lupus 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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