Whether it’s a business trip or a family holiday to the sun, is a big part of many people’s lives these days. It’s a good idea for everyone to take out travel insurance and when you have a bleeding disorder it’s absolutely essential to make sure you’re covered.
To save you time we’ve made a list of travel insurers that provide cover for bleeding disorders and related conditions, some known to us and others recommended by members. You can see the full list of insurers in our travel fact sheet, together with pointers such as –
- What your travel insurance policy should cover
- About your travel insurance policy
- Important requirements for treatment and travel
- Healthcare insurance and medical matters
- Foreign Travel Advice
- Useful tips about travel
European Health Insurance Card
The EHIC covers medically necessary state-provided healthcare at a reduced cost or, in many cases, free of charge, until your planned return home. This includes treatment of a chronic or pre-existing medical condition that becomes necessary during your visit.
If you apply for a card now, you’ll get the new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) instead of a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
Your EHIC is valid in the EU until it expires. You do not need to apply for a GHIC if you already have an EHIC. Once your EHIC has expired, you’ll be able to replace it with a GHIC.
Beware of unofficial websites, which may charge if you apply through them. An EHIC or GHIC is free of charge. Apply for your new GHIC card. GHICs only cover you in EU countries. They do not cover you in Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland.
EHICs issued by other European countries are not affected.
An EHIC is not a substitute for travel insurance. Take out travel insurance before your trip.
Brexit: New rules apply to things like travel and doing business with Europe.
Centres around the world
Having a bleeding disorder should never stop you from traveling around the world and experiencing new cultures, however you should always be prepared.
As well as making sure you have the right visas, bug repellent, enough treatment and of course, the right travel insurance to cover all your medical needs, it’s also important to make sure you know:
- where the nearest haemophilia centre is to where you will be traveling to, and
- the organisation in that area that may be able to help you if you do need any extra support.
Global Treatment Centre Directory
The World Federation of Hemophilia has a dedicated search engine to enable you to find this information and take it with you while you are away. It is a useful resource for people who are travelling to other countries and as a directory of hemophilia treaters around the world. Check out the World Federation of Hemophilia’s Global Treatment Centre Directory for a list of all the centres around the world – find an address or a person.
European Haemophilia Network (EUHANET) also have a list of 84 centres from 26 countries. Click the link to find your nearest 5 European Haemophilia Centres
And remember to take the information with you just in case you need it!
Whatever happens though, make sure you have a great trip and don’t forget your treatment!