Independent travel insurance specialist World First Travel Insurance says that thousands of people may not be covered by their travel insurance policy if they are travelling with people who have pre-existing medical conditions.
People travelling with family or friends who have or have had cancer or any other pre-existing medical condition are being advised to check their travel insurance policy to make sure they are covered should their travel plans be affected by illnesses of anyone in the party who has bought travel insurance elsewhere
Travel insurance through bank accounts, or other general added benefit schemes, provide travellers with standard cover - they do not provide cover for pre-existing medical conditions if they have not been disclosed. Importantly, they also do not cover accompanying travellers should a member of the party fall ill and travel be disrupted if the policyholder has not disclosed this information.
Martin Rothwell of World First Travel Insurance says, "We have seen a number of cases recently where people are travelling with a relative who has taken out a dedicated policy to cover their pre-existing conditions and they are assume they are covered through their standard policy. This is not the case. If you are travelling with someone who, for example, has had cancer, you need to disclose this information to the insurer. The reason for this is if your travel companion were to be taken ill due to their condition you would not be covered, as you had not disclosed this information when buying a policy. When booking a holiday with someone who has a pre-existing medical condition it is essential to make sure any accompanying travellers disclose the medical conditions to their insurer, or are put on a joint or family travel insurance policy. That way if anything goes wrong, everyone is covered."
Anyone travelling with somebody who has a medical condition such as cancer, angina, asthma, diabetes, HIV, heart conditions or any other medical condition that has required treatment of any type, must take out a specialist medical travel insurance policy.