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Please browse these pages for information on travel insurance, life insurance, treatment abroad, airport security, driving and other issues that travel raises for people with heart rhythm disorders.


If you are still concerned about travelling, Arrhythmia Alliance will be happy to provide further advice and the address of implantable device centres in the area you are visiting if possible.


Please email info@heartrhythmcharity.org.uk or call 01789 450787 for more information. Alternatively, please click here for a list of insurers who we have found sympathetic to travellers who have a heart condition.

 

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Travel companies may try to increase your insurance premiums if you have a pre-existing medical condition, it is suggested that you shop around if this happens. You will need to make sure that your travel insurance company is aware that you have an ICD or pacemaker.  Below is a list of insurers we have found to be sympathetic to travellers who have a heat condition. Please note that inclusion on the list does not constitute approval from Arrhythmia Alliance.

 

 

 


Insurance Choice is able to provide normal terms for many people with pre-existing conditions. They also donate 20% of the net premium of every policy purchased using the above number to Arrhythmia Alliance.

 


Recommended by members
The following insurers have been recommended by members of Arrhythmia Alliance:

 

 


The following is a more extensive list of other insurers known to offer cover for people with a medical condition:

 

 

Inclusion on this list does not constitute approval from A-A and any insurance provided is the responsibility of the individual concerned.

For those looking for life insurance, we are building the following list of companies that might be willing to provide cover to people with a heart rhythm disorder.

 

 

If you choose Life Cover For All, please mention that you found the insurance through Arrhythmia Alliance and Life Cover For All will donate £100 to Arrhythmia Alliance per application


 

In addition to travel insurance, all travellers within the European Economic Area are advised to apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).  EHIC replaced the old E111 in 2006.


Your EHIC lets you get state healthcare at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. It will cover you for treatment that is needed to allow you to continue your stay until your planned return. It also covers you for treatment of pre-existing medical conditions and for routine maternity care, as long as you're not going abroad to give birth.


The EHIC is valid in all European Economic Area (EEA) countries, including Switzerland. For more information, and to apply, visit the NHS pages on EHIC.  To learn more what is covered in each country see the country-by-country guide.

 

Information regarding working abroad can be gained from HM Revenue and Customs on:

 

0191 225 481

 

For further information and to apply for an EHIC please click here

Want to hear the latest from the DVLA about driving with a heart rhythm disorder?

The DVLA rules and regulations are revised periodically and for the most up to date advice, it is best to refer to the DVLA website directly:
http://www.dft.gov.uk/dvla/medical/ataglance.aspx

The ‘At a Glance’ booklet is available to download and provides the current medical standards of fitness to drive. As a heart rhythm patient, you should refer to chapter two of the document.

Download your ‘At a Glance’ booklet today to find out more.

Alternatively, please view the North Gloucester ICD support group website for a wealth of further information.