Holiday Arrangements Summary
Before you go:
- Order the ITP Support Association's Holiday insurance and Travel Guide, which includes advice on insurance, flying, avoiding malaria, medicines and vaccinations, It also includes insurance companies recommended by our members.
- If you live in a European Union Country please remember to have your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you. As part of the UK/EU Brexit Agreement announced on 24 December 2020, the UK and the EU agreed that the cards can still be used until their expiry dates. For further information visit https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/europe-travel-insurance/ehic/
- Discuss any required vaccinations with your doctor well in advance, bearing in mind that they are not effective within 3 months of certain drugs.
- Order medication well in advance, ensuring you have enough to last the holiday. Inform your holiday insurance company about your ITP, or you may find you are not covered in the event of a claim (they may require a doctor’s letter).
- Try to find out what ITP is called in the country you are going to, in case of an emergency. You may be able to obtain this from the country’s embassy.
- Find out what the equivalent of 999 is in the country you are visiting.
- Find out the locality of the doctor and hospital nearest to your accommodation.
Make copies of all important documents, such as passports, and leave the copies with a friend of relative. You may need the copy if your originals get stolen.
If you take prescribed medicine, take a copy of your prescription and doctor’s letter.