If you have any medical conditions, you must declare them when you apply for a travel insurance policy.

Not all insurers cover certain medical conditions and those that do will charge you more for cover. However, if you do not declare them your policy could be invalid.

The table above shows insurers that could cover your conditions, so use it to find and compare quotes to get the best possible deal.

What conditions do you have to declare?

Insurers insist you tell them about conditions like:

  • Cancer

  • Heart conditions; like angina

  • Diabetes

  • Stomach and bowel problems; like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Crohn's disease

  • Psychological issues; like depression or anxiety

  • Breathing problems; like asthma or emphysema

  • Arthritis

However, you should mention any medical conditions you have, even if you do not think they are serious.

How to declare your conditions

You need to complete a medical screening questionnaire, either online or over the phone. You will be asked questions like:

  • What medication do you take for your condition?

  • Have you been admitted into hospital for your condition?

  • Are you, or have you ever been, a smoker?

You must answer all the questions honestly or you may end up paying for a policy you cannot use.

Will you be offered cover?

Once you have completed the medical questionnaire the insurer will either offer you:

  • Cover, with no additional cost

  • Cover for your condition, with an extra charge

  • Cover that does not include claims relating to your condition

  • No cover at all

What you are offered will be based on how serious your conditions are, which conditions your insurer can cover and where you are travelling to.

If you are not offered cover for your condition try another insurer. There may be companies that can cover your condition so it is important to shop around and get as many quotes as possible.

How to find the best cover with medical conditions

Use the table above to get as many quotes as possible. Look for insurance that can cover your conditions for the best price, but make sure the whole policy suits your needs.

This guide explains what a travel insurance policy should protect you against, as well as what levels of cover you should look out for.

Use our travel insurance company reviews page to see which insurers have been highly rated in the past by other customers.

For the cheapest possible cover, try these 8 ways to cut your travel insurance costs.

Travel insurance with medical conditions FAQs


What is a pre-existing medical condition?


It can be any illness or injury you have had treatment for or been diagnosed with. Some insurers only count conditions you have had in the last few years.


Can I get travel insurance with pre-existing medical conditions?


Yes, but it can be more expensive and not all insurers will cover you. This guide explains how to find travel insurance with pre-existing conditions.


Can I get travel insurance if I have diabetes?


Yes, but you will need to declare your condition when you apply, and it may cost more. Use the table above to find policies that could cover you.


Do I have to declare my medical conditions?


Yes, and if you do not declare them, your cover could be invalid and any medical claims will be rejected.


Do I legally need to have travel insurance?


No, but you should never travel without it because medical treatment abroad can cost tens of thousands of pounds or more.


How can I get cheaper travel insurance?


The best way to get the cheapest deal is to shop around for quotes using the table above. You can also try these 8 ways to cut your travel insurance costs.