Before booking a holiday outside the UK it is advisable to discuss your plans with your doctor or healthcare professional especially if you are flying.
Oxygen for flying
Before you book your flight find out the following information:
- What the airline’s policy is on oxygen? Some airlines will not allow oxygen on the plane at all, it depends on the airline. You must find out before you book a ticket. For more information please visit https://www.europeanlung.org/en/lung-disease-and-information/air-travel/airline-index/?letter=all or contact them on 0114 267 2875
- The exact length of the flight, and whether delays are likely.
- The facilities available at both airports. This includes assistance required with luggage, boarding the aircraft, wheelchair requirements and whether oxygen is available.
- If the holiday involves a long-haul flight, you should find out if time will be spent at a third airport for refuelling and how oxygen will be supplied there if required. With the exception of oxygen provision, these services will usually be free.
- How you confirm your fitness to fly. Some airlines let you travel without a letter from your doctor, while others ask you to fill in a special medical form, verified either by your own GP or by the airline’s medical staff. Most ask for a fitness to fly certificate, obtained from your doctor.
Everyone who is a resident in the UK should have insurance and carry it with them when traveling abroad. Remember to check your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is still valid before you travel.