When travelling outside of the UK it is important that you consult your GP or local health clinic before booking your trip to make sure that you are aware of all the necessary health precautions.
At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website. Each country-specific page has information on vaccine recommendations, any current health risks or outbreaks, and factsheets with information on staying healthy abroad. Guidance is also available from NHS (Scotland) on the FitForTravel website.
General information on travel vaccinations and a travel health checklist is available on the NHS website. You may then wish to contact your health adviser or pharmacy for advice on other preventive measures and managing any pre-existing medical conditions while you are abroad.
Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Disabilities
You must inform us at the time of booking of any pre-existing medical conditions or disability which may affect your trip. You may need permission from your doctor to fly if you suffer from certain medical conditions, and you may also require assistance from the airline. Some countries will require additional certification or visas from travellers who may have been in regions of epidemic.
Travelling With Medication
The legal status and regulation of some medicines prescribed or purchased in the UK can be different in other countries. If you’re travelling with prescription or over-the-counter medicine, it is advised to read this guidance from NaTHNaC on best practice when travelling with medicines. For further information on the legal status of a specific medicine, you will need to contact the embassy, high commission, or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to. Travelling with medications that are controlled or banned in your destination or transit countries may result in denied entry, confiscation of medications, or other proceedings.
Regulations vary from airline to airline, but some will refuse to carry women who will be 28 weeks pregnant or more on the date of return travel. If you are in doubt, please check with the airline concerned. We recommend that you also consult your own doctor.