Travel insurance is a vital aspect of going away. Whether you're travelling around the UK or going abroad, you need to make sure that you and your travel companions are protected with comprehensive travel insurance. A good premium is even more important if you have a pre-existing medical condition.
Fit for travel means you're fit, healthy and able to travel without concern.
If you're in any doubt if you're fit for travel, you should contact your doctor for advice as you won't be covered by travel insurance if your doctor deems you unfit for travel. Before you buy or renew your cover, you need to tell your insurer if you or anyone named on your policy has a pre-existing medical condition.
For most policies, including Admiral Travel Insurance, it includes medical conditions you’ve had within the last two years. You’ll need to tell your insurer about:
If you require cover for more serious medical conditions, the Moneyhelper medical directory may be able to help.
The following list of examples is not exhaustive but acts as a guide to pre-existing medical conditions generally recognised by insurers (and are in Admiral's policy docs).
If you make a claim for injury or illness, your insurer may need to contact your doctor to receive your medical records and you may not be able to make a claim if you refuse access.
Medical examinations (or a post-mortem) may also be required in light of your claim - your insurer may pay cover expenses for these.
This is to certify you're fully covered should anything happen on your trip relating to a pre-existing medical condition. It will go on your insurer’s file and is confidential – you can check this with your insurer. This information means that if you require medical assistance, the experts at the emergency assistance service will be able to advise you on the best care.
Your insurer may refuse a claim if it's in any way connected to a pre-existing medical condition that you haven’t specified. Claims are also often denied for people who:
The cost of your cover usually depends on:
Yes, usually, as long as:
When you tell your insurer about a new medical condition and they agree to cover you for it, you may have to pay an additional premium.
If they can’t cover you or you don’t agree with any changes to the terms and conditions, you may be able to cancel it as long as you haven’t already started your trip. You should get a full or partial refund.
If you require cover for more serious medical conditions, MoneyHelper may be able to help you find specialist travel insurance through their medical directory.
If you wish to get in touch with them you can call them on 0800 138 7777 or find them online here. (Monday to Friday 8:00-18:00, closed on Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays.)
Ideally, claims should only be made while you’re on holidays; retrospective claims aren’t normally considered, no matter how costly or minor the treatment.
As soon as you require medical care abroad, contact your insurer’s emergency service as soon as possible. Admiral's 24-hour Emergency Assistance Helpline is on +44 (0)292 010 777.