by Sam Leaver


8 September 1018




Recent research found that 600,000 travellers failed to declare all of their medical conditions on their Travel Insurance policy in the past two years.

Deciding not to declare your pre-existing medical conditions can impact whether you will be covered if you need medical treatment when you’re on holiday.

Here are some of the most common questions that we are asked in relation to medical conditions:

Do I need a medical certificate before I can get Travel Insurance?

No, however we would always advise you to prepare by having full details of your medical history. This will help us give you the most accurate quote. It will also save you time, as you can arrange your cover on one call rather than going back and forth to your GP.

Why do I need to declare all of my medical conditions on my Travel Insurance?

No one expects to make a claim on their Travel Insurance however the unexpected can happen, so it’s important to ensure you’re covered to minimise the impact of any such claim. If you do need medical treatment whilst you are on holiday your insurer will normally request a copy of your medical records from your GP. This is then used to cross-reference with the conditions that you have declared on your Travel Insurance policy. If you have failed to let us know about one or more of your conditions your claim could be rejected leaving you with an expensive medical bill or you may could be made to pay for part of the claim.

Can I choose which pre-existing medical conditions I want to cover?

No, you must declare all of your pre-existing medical conditions to ensure that your Travel Insurance policy is valid. Sometimes medical conditions can be linked so choosing which ones to cover and which ones not to ignore is not possible.

Do I need to let you know about common medical conditions?

Yes, sometimes your doctor may advise you to take medication for common conditions such as high blood pressure or cholesterol, this may have been prescribed as a preventable measure however these should always be declared. As well as manageable conditions such as asthma and diabetes.

I had a heart attack three years ago, do I need to tell you about this?

Yes, heart conditions, strokes and cancer should always be declared on your Travel Insurance, even if you are no longer having any treatment. Pre-existing medical conditions can increase the risk of you needing unexpected medical treatment abroad.

Do I need to update my policy if my medical conditions change?

Yes, if anything changes in relation to your pre-existing medical conditions or if you are diagnosed with a new medical condition or referred for tests, you should let us know as soon as possible so that we can update your policy accordingly and make sure that you are fully covered. This applies to our single trip and annual insurance policies.

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