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Travelling abroad with Arthritis

Arthritis is a common symptom of old age, and most types of arthritis have no cure. Instead, there are different treatments and medications you can take to manage your pain and to make movement easier. With the right measures, there is no reason why your arthritis should ever stop you from travelling. So long as you prepare in advance and have everything you need on hand, you can make the stress and pain of travelling far more bearable.

Is arthritis a medical condition I need to declare on my travel insurance?

As arthritis (and its different variations, like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis) is a pre-existing medical condition, you will need to declare it on your medical conditions travel insurance.

Does air pressure affect arthritis?

Local weather can increase arthritis pain. On average, this pain will increase incrementally for every 10-degree drop in temperature. As for air pressure, fluctuations can cause the tendons, muscles, and bones to expand and contract. Both these changes in air pressure and colder temperatures can make flying result in more pain than usual for those with arthritis.

What to prepare before your flight

To prepare for a flight if you have arthritis, you will want to:

  • Have pain medication on hand
  • Know the security and customs rules and regulations – you might need medical certification
  • Inform the airport and airline in advance if you have special requirements
  • Stay active to minimise the pain of arthritis beforehand
  • Choose flights that will help minimise pain (e.g., multiple layovers for long-haul flights)

How to cope during your flight

There are many ways to cope with arthritis pain during a flight. These include:

  • Taking pain medication
  • Providing joint support to your affected limbs
  • Sitting properly in your seat
  • Walking and stretching regularly throughout the trip
  • Using heating or cooling pads

Finding reliable holiday insurance without the sky-high premiums can be challenging when you hit 85 years of age. This can be because at such an advanced age, it's likely that senior travellers have more than one medical condition.

Thankfully, Holiday Extras provide comprehensive travel insurance cover for travellers between 80 and 85 years of age, without having to pay any huge premiums.

Just be sure to complete the online medical screening process when applying for travel insurance with us, so we are aware of any pre-existing conditions the senior traveller may have.

  • Competitive and reliable holiday insurance you can trust
  • Voted best travel insurance provider for 10 years running, with Globe Travel Awards
  • Tailored policies for customers with pre-existing medical conditions
  • Up to £10 million in medical cover and up to £5000 in cancellation cover

Medical cover - this means that you are covered for any emergency medical treatment you might need to receive during your trip including, ambulance services, hospital stays, and any medication the doctor prescribes to you. This part of your cover won't cover for routine check-ups or medication that has already been prescribed to treat a pre-existing medical condition.

Cancellation - with cancellation cover, your money is protected should for some reason your travel bookings or reservations be cancelled, meaning you won't have to take the financial loss.

Baggage cover - This part of your policy protects you from financial loss should the airline lose your baggage during the course of the journey. You'll also be compensated for any delay in receiving your lost baggage from the airline.

Single Trip and Annual Trip Policies

Our cruise cover can cover everyone in your party. Our helpline is here to provide support throughout the process as well as while you're away, and our personal liability cover is reassuringly high - up to £2 million.

How do I book travel insurance for over 85's?

The booking process with Holiday Extras is designed to be simple and stress free. It's also quick - you can book from the comfort of your home and over the phone by placing a call to our friendly, UK based team. Our booking procedure is discreet, and we'll provide you with a single, unambiguous cost once it's complete, so that you understand exactly what's covered. Please note that at this time, we are only able to provide travel insurance cover for travellers aged 85 and under. Currently, we are unable to provide cover for travellers who exceed the age of 85 years.

Tips for travelling with Seniors

Choose the right time of day to travel - Seniors will not have the same energy and vigour that they might have had when they were younger. As such, it's best to avoid travelling early in the morning or late at night as this can be exhausting. The best flight times for seniors is mid-morning or early afternoon.

Book a flight with no stop-overs if possible - It's highly recommended to book a long-haul flight with no stop-overs, as this will greatly minimise the potential for stress, and the chance of a missed connection which will add more time to the overall journey.

Have medication in hand luggage - You should never place any important medication in the checked-in luggage, as this will obviously mean you won't have access to it during the flight. It's best to take such medication in a small piece of hand luggage, stowed close to the place were the senior traveller will be sitting. It's also a good idea to bring along a list of medications and dosages, in case you should need to visit the doctors' during the trip.

† If you need to seek medical attention whilst abroad, please ensure that you contact the 24-hour emergency assistance service for help and advice. Full details can be found on page 4 of the policy wording.

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