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Travelling with diabetes? Our insurance team has you covered.
Find a great policy online or call our Kent-based helpline on 0800 316 0104.
Travel insurance for diabetics
It's not always easy to find affordable and reliable travel insurance for diabetics. Unfortunately, many insurance providers hitch up your premiums at the mention of your diabetic status. At Holiday Extras, we've worked hard to ensure our medical travel insurance policies provide great value cover.
Why choose Holiday Extras for your diabetes travel insurance?
- - Over 25 years experience selling Travel Insurance.
- - Voted best insurance provider 11 years running.
- - Tailored policies to suit your personal requirements.
- - Policies with no excess available.
- - UK-based contact centre and 24/7 helpline.
- - All medical conditions considered.
Our insurance policies provide travel insurance for those suffering with a medical condition. Including both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, benefits include up to £10 million of medical cover, up to £10,000 of cancellation protection and a maximum of £2,000 lost baggage allowance.
We offer both single trip and annual travel insurance policies for diabetics on holiday in the UK, Europe and worldwide, and additional cover options for winter sports. Not to mention, you can purchase a policy to cover everyone in your party.
Booking your policy
Booking online is quick and easy. Enter your holiday details into our quote form above to be taken through our discreet medical screening. The questions aren't invasive, just so we have general information regarding your condition so we can find you the most affordable and comprehensive diabetic travel insurance policy. If you'd prefer to speak to someone directly, we have informed staff on hand waiting for your call. Once you've booked we're still just a call away through our UK based helpline.
Compare cover levels for travel insurance for diabetics
Do I need to declare diabetes for travel insurance?
It's important to declare whether you have diabetes when booking your travel insurance, as this will certainly fall under a pre-existing medical condition. Failure to declare this will invalidate any claim you make, if it pertains to your medical condition. By declaring any pre-existing medical conditions you have (including diabetes), we can provide you with the best travel insurance for your individual needs.
How will diabetes affect my travel insurance policy?
Depending on the nature and severity of your diabetes, you will find that the condition is likely to have an impact on your travel insurance policy. Because of the risk of complications potentially resulting from your diabetes, you may find that a higher premium will be required than someone travelling without the condition. Even so, it is always the wisest course of action to be honest when taking out a travel insurance policy. Declaring any medical conditions you have, will allow the insurer to issue a policy that won't be rendered invalid.
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 medication everywhere you go, and we'll cover you for up to £2,000 if your bag gets lost or stolen.
Travel insurance for type 1 diabetes
Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce any insulin, resulting in the need for people with type 1 diabetes to take regular insulin injections to stabilise their blood glusoce levels.
For security reasons, current regulation state that liquid items in your hand luggage must not exceed 100ml. This is subject to change however, if the liquids you are carrying are deemed 'essential medicines'. It is likely that insulin will fall under this, but it's always best to check before you depart on your trip.
Travel insurance for type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic medical condition in which the body's cells are incapable of responding effectively. Because the body isn't able to effectively absorb glucose into the cells, it begins to use alternative sources of energy such as organ and muscle tissue.
Symptoms can include: dark patches on the skin, cuts and sores that are slow to heal, yeast infection, foot pain and numbness in the extremities.
If left untreated, type 2 diabetes can cause abnormally high blood sugar levels which can lead to serious, life-threatening complications.
Travelling with diabetes
- Medication 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. Medication 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 certain medication, so try pushing the needle's pump to remove any air from the medication before you inject.
- Ask your doctor to write you a note confirming that you have diabetes and how you treat it. This includes which brand, strength and how much 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 certain medicaiton 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.
- Do your research. For more information, both the NHS and CDC have comprehensive information on travelling with diabetes. If you would like any more information or assistance about travelling as a diabetic, including the types of medicine and equipment that can be carried in your hand luggage, then have a read of our travelling with diabetes page to find out more.
Looking for travel insurance with a medical condition?
If you suffer from any other conditions, then be sure to visit our medical conditions page to find out more.
- Find more information about cover for your condition below:
- Medical Insurance Homepage
- Allergies Travel Insurance
- Angina Travel Insurance
- Arthritis Travel Insurance
- Asthma Travel Insurance
- Brain Tumour Travel Insurance
- Breast Cancer Travel Insurance
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- Cancer Travel Insurance
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- Dementia Travel Insurance
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- Diabetes Travel Insurance
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- HIV Travel Insurance
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- MS Travel Insurance
- Myeloma Travel Insurance
- Prostate Cancer Travel Insurance
- Stroke Travel Insurance
- Children with medical conditions:
- Travel Insurance Child with Medical Conditions
- Travel Insurance for Child with Autism
- Travel Insurance for Child with Cystic Fibrosis
- Travel Insurance for Child with Heart Conditions
- Travelling with a Disabled Child
- Child Travelling with Medication
- Additional information:
- Do you have to declare medical conditions for travel insurance?
- Are mental health conditions classed as a pre-existing medical condition?
- What is classed as a pre-existing medical condition?
- What medical conditions can stop me from flying?
- Travelling with Arthritis
- Travelling with Diabetes
- Travelling with Medication
- Guide to Flying with Back Pain
- Which countries have the best medical care?
- Deep Vein Thrombosis when Travelling
- Senior Travel Insurance with Medical Conditions
- Travel vaccinations:
- Travel Vaccinations
- BCG Tuberculosis Vaccine
- Cholera Vaccine
- Hepatitis A Vaccine
- Hepatitis B Vaccine
- Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine
- Meningitis Vaccine
- Polio Tetanus and Diphtheria Vaccine
- Rabies Vaccine
- Typhoid Vaccine
- Yellow Fever Vaccine
- Upgrade your policy with extra cover to suit how you like to travel:
- Business Travel Insurance
- Gadget Travel Insurance
- Cruise Travel Insurance
- Golf Travel Insurance
- Wedding Travel Insurance
- Excess Waiver Travel Insurance
- Car Hire Excess Cover
- Extreme Sports Travel Insurance
- Water Sports Travel Insurance
- Winter Sports Travel Insurance
- Travel insurance homepage
- Travel insurance FAQs
- Our cover levels:
- Basic cover policy
- Standard cover policy
- Premium cover policy
- Our policies:
- Single Trip Travel Insurance
- Annual Travel Insurance
- Latitude Medical Travel Insurance
- Coach Travel Insurance
- European Travel Insurance
- Worldwide Travel Insurance
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- Compare Travel Insurance
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- Cheap Travel Insurance Worldwide
- Family travel:
- Children's Travel Insurance
- Family Travel Insurance
- Pregnancy Travel Insurance
- Single Parent Travel Insurance
- Under 16 Travel Insurance
- Under 18 Travel Insurance
- Single-Trip Family Travel Insurance
- Annual Family Travel Insurance
- Over 50's Travel Insurance
- Over 65's Travel Insurance
- Over 65's Travel Insurance
- Over 70's Travel Insurance
- Over 75's Travel Insurance
- Over 80's Travel Insurance
- Over 85's Travel Insurance
- Student travel:
- Backpacker Travel Insurance
- Gap Year Travel Insurance
- Nomad Travel Insurance
- School Trip Travel Insurance
- Student Travel Insurance
- Volunteering Abroad Travel Insurance
- Working Holiday Insurance
- Sports cover:
- Sports Travel Insurance
- Adventure Travel Insurance
- Camping Travel Insurance
- Football Travel Insurance
- Horse Riding Travel Insurance
- Hiking Travel Insurance
- Kayaking Travel Insurance
- Kitesurfing Travel Insurance
- Motorcycle Travel Insurance
- Mountain Biking Travel Insurance
- Off-piste Ski Travel Insurance
- Safari Travel Insurance
- Sailing Travel Insurance
- Scuba Diving Travel Insurance
- Ski Travel Insurance
- Snowboarding Travel Insurance
- Surfing Travel Insurance
- Trekking Travel Insurance
- Windsurfing Travel Insurance
- Further information:
- Annual Cruise Travel Insurance
- Brexit and Travel
- Couple's Travel Insurance
- EHIC Information
- End Supplier Failure Cover
- Group Travel Insurance
- Holiday Cancellation Insurance
- Independent Travel Insurance
- Interrail Travel Insurance
- International Travel Insurance
- Long Term Travel Insurance
- Senior Travel Insurance
- Travel Health Travel Insurance
- Weekend Travel Insurance
- What Happens If You Miss Your Flight?
- Travel insurance advice for your destination:
- European Travel Insurance
- Worldwide Travel Insurance
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- Halong Bay Vietnam
- Hong Kong
- New Orleans
- New York
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- Visa Waiver Program
- B1 visa
- B2 visa
Holiday Extras Cover Ltd and Holiday Extras Ltd are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Holiday Extras Cover Ltd 05058680 and Holiday Extras Ltd 01693250 are registered in England and Wales. Registered address: Ashford Road, Newingreen, Kent CT21 4JF.
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