Travelling with a health condition

Latest update: - Authors: Mieke Croughs, Ula Maniewski-Kelner

Travellers with a chronic illness have a greater risk of experiencing medical problems whilst travelling.

Infections are more severe in travellers with immune disorders.

Heart and lung patients are more susceptible to air pollution, temperature fluctuations and the low oxygen pressure at high altitude.

In some cases, travel to remove areas without specialised hospitals, is not recommended. 

Prevention

Medical assistance at your destination

Check whether good medical assistance is available at your travel destination.

Consult your doctor

Discuss your travel plans well in advance of departure (at least six to eight weeks) with your treating doctor and/or a doctor in a specialised travel clinic. Extra precautions or vaccinations are sometimes recommendedor a modification of your medication. 

Medical record and medication list

Take a brief medical record (English or French) and a medication list with the generic product names with you.

Travelling with medication

Ensure that your travel pharmacy is in order and that you have the required documents. 

Travel assistance insurance

Ensure that you have good cover for travel assistance insurance. Ensure that any problems resulting from your illness are not excluded by the insurance and ask whether evacuation in the event of an emergency is included.

In case of symptoms

Seek medical advice if you suffer any symptoms.

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