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Deep Vein Thrombosis Travel Insurance

There's no doubt that travelling with Deep Vein Thrombosis can be a daunting prospect, especially if you're embarking on a long-haul journey. Holiday Extras' insurance team provide reliable travel insurance for your condition along for a reasonable price.

We have two types of travel insurance policy which suit different travelling needs:

  • Single trip: you will have full financial coverage for one trip of no longer than 45 days.
  • Annual multi-trip: for the frequent traveller, you will be financially protected for an unlimited amount trips, each up to 31 days across 12 months.

How do I declare my condition?

To declare your medical conditions, you'll need to fill out the quote form with your traveller details. After submitting these, you'll be redirected to our medical insurance screening page, where you'll need to answer questions related to your condition. The time it takes to complete the screening process will depend of course on the complexity of your condition, but be assured, it doesn't take long to complete.

Alternatively, you can complete the screening process with one of our insurance experts over the phone, if you'd prefer to speak to a real human being.

Here is a sample of the kinds of questions you can expect at the screening process:

  • Do you also have any clots in your lungs?
  • Do you have a blood disorder which makes your blood more likely to clot?
  • Are you still taking anti-coagulant medication for this condition?

How do we calculate the price of your policy?

To give you an accurate and fair price for your policy, our team of medical experts take into account a number of factors.

Level of risk - Our insurers assess the severity of your condition, doing so based on the answers you provide during your screening.

Age - The likelihood of having to make a claim increases generally tends to increase according to the age of the traveller, so this is taken into account when we draw up your policy.

Destination - In some locations, the only suitable healthcare facilities are privately run and so cost more. For such destinations, you may find that the price of your policy is slightly higher to reflect this.

Holiday Extras DVT Travel Insurance

So, what can you expect from Holiday Extras travel insurance for Deep Vein Thrombosis? Our policies include:

  • £15,000,000 towards emergency medical costs inc. repatriation (£150 excess)
  • £5,000 cancellation cover (£100 excess)
  • £2,000 for personal possessions (£100 excess)
  • Missed departure (£100 excess)
  • Delayed departure (£0 excess)
  • 24/7 emergency assistance
  • 14 day money back guarantee

Can you fly while on blood thinners?

If you are at risk of developing blood clots, either due to inherited clotting problems or a heart condition like valve replacements, then it is likely that your doctor has prescribed you with blood thinners to be taken regularly.

If you are planning a trip abroad by plane, then you should continue taking your prescribed blood thinners as usual. On flights longer than 4 hours, the risk of developing a clot is increased, so it's important to keep stick to a regular pattern of taking your medication. What's more, if you disrupt your routine and begin taking your anti-coagulants sporadically, this can actually have the reverse effect, making your blood more prone to clotting.

For those travellers taking warfarin, it's important to have an up-to-date INR reading before you travel - ideally around 1-2 weeks before the departure date. This way, your doctor can determine exactly what warfarin dose you should be taking over the coming weeks.

It's important to consider the time zone of the place you'll be travelling to, so you can stick to the same relative time for taking your medication. It's a good idea to set and alarm or reminder on your phone or watch, so you don't forget when to take your medication.

You'll also want to try to stick to the same relative intake of foods containing things like vitamin K, as this can have the effect on clotting.

Tips for travelling with DVT

As a sufferer of DVT, there are a number of things you can do to make travelling as comfortable as possible and avoid aggravating your condition. When travelling by plane:

Keep active, do some stretches - Take as many walks as you reasonably can. If it isn't possible to take a walk - perhaps you have a window seat - there are a few discrete arm and leg stretches you can perform from your seat without unnerving your fellow passengers. It's recommended to do these at least every half hour or so.

Get a window seat - If possible, try to get a window seat, as this will make it easier, and therefore more likely for you to get up and walk about.

Compression stockings - These are worn below the knee and are graduated, applying greater pressure on the lower leg. This increases the blood flow to the lower leg making it harder for blood clots to form.

Looking for information regarding a different condition?

With regard to any other medical conditions, we can provide the most affordable policy. Be sure to have a read up on our pre-existing conditions travel insurance.