If you’re pregnant and planning a trip abroad, pregnancy travel insurance will no doubt be at the top of your checklist. But before you’ve even booked your holiday, many women will be concerned about whether they can fly, so let’s start there.
Can I fly while pregnant?
Flying while pregnant is a decision for mum and doctor; if your doctor or obstetrician gives you the green light to fly then you can.
According to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the safest time for pregnant women to fly is before 37 weeks if carrying one baby, or 32 weeks if carrying twins.
After this stage, there’s a chance you could go into labour, so it’s best to avoid going too far from home.
If you’re still hoping to travel, it's important to speak to your doctor or midwife and check it’s safe. They may advise against it if you have had any complications with your pregnancy.
If you’re over 28 weeks pregnant, the airline may ask to see a letter from your midwife or doctor. Some airlines have their own restrictions in place so it’s best to check their websites before you book.
Travel insurance with COVID-19 cover
Our travel insurance now covers you for certain events related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
What we cover
- Emergency medical and repatriation costs if you become ill with COVID-19 while abroad
- If you contract COVID-19 within 14 days of your trip departure and have to cancel or cut short your trip
- You’re denied boarding on your prebooked outbound travel due to a positive COVID-19 test
- If a close relative is hospitalised with COVID-19 within 14 days of your trip meaning you can’t travel, or if you’re forced to cut short your trip for this reason
- You can't continue with a pre-booked excursion because you've been ordered to self isolate by a government authority because you contracted Covid-19 while on your trip
What we don’t cover
- If you had reason to believe your trip may be cancelled, postponed or cut short when you booked it, purchased your policy or travelled e.g. you knew of a need to take a test, you were awaiting test results or experiencing symptoms
- Cancelling your trip because you choose to or were recommended to self-isolate due to potential exposure to COVID-19 e.g. NHS track and trace
- If you travel against Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice. You will need to check the travel advice for all countries you visit or will transit through
- Cancelling or cutting short your trip due to the FCDO changing its advice regarding your destination or countries you will transit through due to COVID-19
- Costs incurred as a result of a local outbreak of COVID-19 that meant you couldn’t stay in your pre-booked accommodation or vessel
- Due to travel restrictions or quarantine imposed by any government or public authority, including local lockdowns and compulsory entry requirements
- Where a travel companion or close business associate not insured on this policy or anyone you planned to stay with contract COVID-19
- Where you were denied boarding for your prebooked outbound travel, but you test negative for COVID-19
For more information about how Coronavirus (COVID-19) affects your travel cover, see our FAQ page. And remember to check the policy booklet carefully before you buy to make sure our COVID-19 cover meets your needs.
What does Pregnancy Travel Insurance cover?
Admiral Pregnancy Travel Insurance covers emergency medical treatment costs and repatriation as standard, up to £20million depending on the level of cover chosen.
We’ll only cover complications of pregnancy and childbirth abroad (as described in the ‘Definitions’ section of our policy wording). This includes treatment needed due to complications resulting from a pregnancy such as an emergency caesarean up until 40 weeks.
There’s no cover for routine medical care such as check-ups, pre-natal care, the costs of natural labour and childbirth after 32 weeks (or 24 weeks in the case of twins or multiples) or post-natal care. There’s also no cover if the carrier denies you boarding.
Three levels of Pregnancy Travel Insurance
Read the full list of benefits in the policy summary booklet.
Not all insurers will cover pregnancy after a certain stage when it’s more likely you could have a normal birth, which isn’t considered a medical emergency.
What stage this is, and the medical care that’s covered, varies from insurer to insurer so check this thoroughly before taking out your travel insurance.
Is pregnancy a medical condition for travel insurance?
Whether you need to declare your pregnancy depends on your insurer’s guidelines. For Admiral Travel Insurance, pregnancy isn’t considered a pre-existing medical condition, so there's no need to tell us before you travel.
However, make sure you tell us about any medical conditions you have because of your pregnancy, such as:
- Gestational diabetes
- High blood pressure
If you don't tell us, you might not be covered should you need medical assistance.
What happens if I go into labour abroad?
At the early signs of labour, you should try to stay calm and go to the nearest hospital as soon as possible. If it’s a medical emergency, please call us immediately so we can help - +44 (0)292 010 7777.
If you’re planning to have your baby abroad, you’ll need to speak to your doctor in the UK first. You’ll also need to apply for a Maternity S2 to cover the costs of your care because most policies don’t cover planned overseas births.
Be aware lots of airlines won’t allow new-borns on flights until they’re two-weeks-old, or even longer for premature babies. Have a plan in place if you need to stay away longer than expected and ask the airline when you’ll be able to fly home.
What if I have a pre-existing medical condition?
A pre-existing medical condition is a short or long term illness or injury you have or have had before you buy travel insurance. This includes having symptoms, tests, diagnosis or medical treatment for a condition.
You can declare your pre-existing medical conditions during the quote process to see if we can offer cover. If you’re unsure what needs to be declared or if you're unable to find your condition on the medical conditions list, please contact us on 0333 234 9913.
Your pre-existing medical conditions won’t be covered unless you’ve:
- Declared them all on your policy
- Received written confirmation that we’ll cover your medical condition
- Paid any additional premium in full
Policy terms and conditions apply. Please note, if you’ve had a positive diagnosis of Covid-19 and been prescribed medication, received treatment, or had a consultation with a doctor or hospital specialist for any medical condition in the past two years, this needs to be declared on your policy.
If you don’t tell us about your pre-existing medical conditions or give us incorrect information, your policy may be invalid, and we may refuse all or part of any claim you submit.
For a quote with us, click the green button above.
The Money Advice Service Medical Directory
If you have or have had a more serious pre-existing medical condition and are struggling to find travel insurance, the Money Advice Service medical directory may be able to help. This directory has a panel of travel insurance providers who specialise in covering serious medical conditions.
Alternatively, you can call them on 0800 138 7777. (Monday to Friday 8:00-18:00, closed on Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays.)
Things to check before travelling while pregnant
Ask your doctor if it’s safe to travel before you book your holiday and again as close to the day you’re travelling as possible
Ask your doctor if you need any anti-malarial medication or vaccinations for your destination.
Advised against destinations
The NHS strongly advises pregnant women to avoid visiting any countries with Zika virus. The government website lists has A-Z of countries affected by Zika.
You many want to investigate what the hospitals and healthcare facilities are like in your chosen resort.
GHIC and EHIC
If you’re travelling in Europe it’s always worth carrying a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if it’s still in date or otherwise the new Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). It’s important to remember these aren't a replacement for travel insurance as some countries in the EU don’t accept the GHIC or EHIC. For more information see our European Travel Insurance page.
If you booked your trip through an agency or you’re going on an organised cruise, check with the company that you’re able to travel while pregnant. They often have tighter restrictions in place than airlines. If you’re going on a cruise, you’ll need to add Admiral Cruise Insurance upgrade to your policy to be fully covered while you’re on board
Your questions answered
Do you need special travel insurance when pregnant?
Admiral single trip and annual travel insurances cover pregnancy and you won’t pay more for your cover as it’s not considered a pre-existing medical condition. You’ll get the standard cover for things like:
- Lost luggage
- Travel disruption
- Lost or stolen belongings
But we’ll also cover the costs of any emergency medical treatment you receive as the result of complications during your pregnancy.
Do I have to declare I’m pregnant on travel insurance?
Pregnancy is not considered a pre-existing medical condition so you don’t need to let us know before you fly. You should let us know about any conditions relating to your pregnancy to make sure you’re properly covered.
Can I fly after 32 weeks?
This is up to you and your doctor to decide – if it’s safe for you to do so and your doctor says it’s OK then you can fly. In terms of insurance, with Admiral you’re covered up to 40 weeks, but we strongly advise you get medical permission to fly in later stages of pregnancy. There's no cover for the costs of natural labour and childbirth after 32 weeks, or 24 weeks in the case of twins or multiples
I’ve just found out I’m pregnant and I don’t wish to travel. Am I covered?
No, you'll only be able to claim for cancellation due to pregnancy if your doctor advises against travel due to specific medical complications.
Take a look at our Travel Insurance and Pregnancy page for more information.
Does being pregnant affect my insurance?
Pregnancy isn’t considered a pre-existing medical condition, so there’s no need to tell us before you travel.
However, make sure you tell us about any medical conditions you have because of your pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes or high blood pressure. If you don’t, you might not be covered should you need medical assistance.
We will only cover complications of pregnancy and childbirth abroad (as described in the ‘Definitions’ section of our policy wording) so you aren't covered for routine medical care such as check-ups, pre-natal care, normal childbirth and post-natal care. There is also no cover if the carrier denies you boarding.
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