Most people with existing medical conditions are able to travel by air without difficulty. However, certain precautions sometimes need to be taken. If you plan to fly, consult your doctor before you book.
You will need medical clearance to fly if:
- You need any special medical provision e.g. oxygen
- Your fitness is in doubt as a result of:
- a recent illness
- a period in hospital
- you have an acute or chronic condition that is unstable
If any of the criteria above apply, you and your doctor will need to complete a Medical Information Form (MEDIF), which is available from the medical department of the airline or your travel agent.
Remember that many airlines will charge extra for providing oxygen and will not allow you to use your own on board.
Think about your destination and how it suits your needs
Allow yourself plenty of time to get to the airport or the holiday location.
Don’t carry heavy pieces of luggage.
Plan your activities so you do not need to rush around
Take time to relax each day.
Eat and sleep well to avoid becoming run down.
Take enough medication for the whole holiday. If you are flying, carry it in your hand luggage.
Take a list of your medications and a brief medical history in case you need it.
Make sure you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
Make sure you have travel insurance
The information above is general and not exhaustive.