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Travel Insurance for Diabetics

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Travelling with diabetes? Latitude has you covered

Struggling to find diabetes travel insurance?

It’s not easy to find cheap Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes travel insurance. Most travel insurers will ramp up your premiums as soon as they hear about your diabetic status, if they’ll cover you at all. Thankfully, Holiday Extras works alongside Latitude insurance to make sure you get the right treatment from your holiday insurance. Our Latitude insurance is designed to make getting travel insurance easy for people who’ve been turned down elsewhere.

Diabetic travel insurance - why choose Latitude?

Latitude travel insurance for diabetics can cover anyone up to the age of 89 with almost any pre-existing medical condition, including Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, for £15 million of medical cover, up to £10,000 of cancellation protection and a £2,000 lost baggage allowance. We offer both single trip and annual travel insurance policies for diabetics on holiday in the UK and abroad, even for cruises or winter sports. Not to mention, your policy can cover everyone in your party.

We have sold more than 60,000 policies in our first year alone and we regularly check our prices against our competitors so we can make direct comparisons to ensure we’re offering the best possible price for the best possible travel insurance.

Book travel insurance for diabetes - how Latitude can help

It takes, on average, just 7 clicks to sign up for our affordable but comprehensive diabetic travel insurance. Want to actually speak to a person? Well, we have informed staff on hand waiting for your call. Once you’ve booked we’re still just a call away through our 24-hour helpline.

Baggage insurance is essential for diabetic travellers

It may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but lost baggage cover is vital for travellers with diabetes. You’ll need to carry a protective bag for your kit and insulin everywhere you go, and we’ll cover you for up to £2,000 if your bag gets lost or stolen. We’ll even do our best to get more insulin to you as soon as possible. Take a look at the full details of our cover and see what else we can do for you.

Top tips for travelling with diabetes

  • Insulin strengths and needle sizes may vary abroad, so it’s always best to take your medicine with you. The British Diabetic Association recommends you take twice the amount that you need, just to be safe. Insulin should be carried in your hand luggage as it may freeze in the airplane’s hold, and you may prefer to take needles instead of injection pens as the latter can malfunction more easily. Air pressure in a plane or at high altitude can cause air bubbles to form in your insulin, so try pushing the needle’s pump to remove any air from the insulin before you inject.
  • Ask your doctor to write you a note confirming that you have diabetes and how you treat it, including which brand, strength and how much insulin you use, to help get you through any problems at airport security or if you lose your medicine or equipment. You should also speak to your doctor about travel vaccinations as these can cause side effects in diabetes sufferers.
  • Hot weather or high altitude can cause insulin to absorb more quickly, so you should test your blood more regularly than you would at home. Remember to take time zones into account when planning your doses.
  • Do you get numbness in your feet? If so, you may be more susceptible to complications from sunburn, frostbite, fungal infections or swelling, so keep your feet covered, but not too tightly, at a reasonable temperature and dry. You could also try using a moisturiser to avoid the skin cracking.

Travelling with a medical condition?

If you suffer from any other medical conditions, then be sure to visit our pre-existing conditions pages to find out more.