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Coeliacs and travel insurance

Coeliac disease is a relatively common digestive condition that affects approximately 1 in every 100 people in the UK and is where the small intestine becomes inflamed and unable to absorb nutrients. An autoimmune condition, Coeliac disease causes the immune system to mistake substances found in gluten as a threat to the body and attack them. This damages the surface of the small bowel (intestines), disrupting the body's ability to absorb nutrients from food. It is important to include on your travel insurance if you want to have any medical cover especially as it can be the cause of other conditions, complications and symptoms. Add medical cover by declaring any pre-existing medical conditions on our system, including Coeliac disease and any of its related conditions. We've made it easy, all you need to do is search for coeliac when asked to add conditions, then answer the related questions. Don't forget to then add any other conditions you may have and we will then be able to provide a selection of travel insurance quotes that specifically meet your medical needs. Please remember that when travelling in Europe, it is important to make sure that you also have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

What does including Coeliac disease on your medical travel insurance cover?

Travel insurance policies that cover Coeliac disease will cover you if you have any complications relating to your medical condition, or any related or other added conditions, whilst you are on holiday. You will also have access to a 24-hour emergency medical assistance helpline, with operators fluent in many languages who can speak to medical staff for you. The medical expenses section of a policy also commonly covers additional expenses such as ambulance and hospital admission costs, and repatriation to the UK should it be required. Another aspect included is that you will also get cover for cancellation meaning that if you were deemed unable to travel before your holiday, for reasons relating to your Celiacs disease, any linked conditions or any other declared pre-existing medical conditions, you would be entitled to make a claim.

How can you get medical travel insurance to cover Coeliac disease?

The simple screening process makes it easy to compare travel insurance policies that can cover coeliacs disease along with any related conditions or other unrelated medical conditions you might have. When applying for a quote we ask some questions about your trip that will include questions about your medical health. Afterwards, you will be able to add conditions, each condition has some questions of its own to answer such as any related conditions you may have, whether it has interfered with your activities or daily living, and about any treatments or surgeries you have had or are currently undertaking. With these answers, we will be able to assess your current health situation and should be able to provide you with Coeliac travel insurance quotes that have the cover that you want and need.

For further information and advice on travelling with Coeliac disease, you may find the links at the below helpful.

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