Preparation for travelling abroad via plane with a disability
This guide aims to help you when travelling abroad with a disability. There are several things you may need to do before travelling to ensure things go as smoothly as possible.
Generally speaking, you should plan how you will get too and from the airport. You will also want to carry any documentation that explains your disability or any additional needs you may have. We always advise you speak to the airline provider before any travel to avoid any issues.
Travel insurance for disabled people
Before you fly to your destination, make sure you have travel insurance in place. The cost of travel insurance depends on personal circumstances, but it is very important that you are covered correctly and all information is disclosed, including any disabilities or health conditions. You can purchase travel insurance at your local Post Office or compare prices on websites such as compare the market and GoCompare.
Insurance for your mobility product when you are abroad
We also recommend taking out insurance on your mobility product. When insuring your product, make sure you are ensured correctly for travel abroad as some policies do not cover all destinations and durations.
Travelling with medication
Rules on travelling with medication vary in different countries. If you are taking any prescription drugs, you may need to get proof that it was prescribed to you. You can request a letter from your GP, if necessary. It is also advisable that you check with your airline if you need to bring any additional supporting evidence.
Reducing the risk of damage to your mobility equipment during transportation
The most common problem disabled customers face when travelling abroad is damage to their mobility equipment. This is usually because the staff at the airports will not understand how to use the equipment, particularly if it is a folded wheelchair, powerchair or scooter. Therefore we recommend customers print instructions with their chair. This will help those handling your equipment and prevent damage.
Special assistance at airports
Special assistance is available at all airports. This service is specifically available to those with disabilities, needing extra support during their travels. We advise you speak with the airline you are travelling with to arrange extra assistance.
If you need extra space or consider yourself vulnerable, you may wish to wear a Sunflower Lanyard. The Sunflower Lanyard is widely recognised and indicates to people that you may need additional support, help or a little more time.
Your rights to travel as a disabled person
For further information on travelling broad with a disability, visit the Government website. Here, you can also find information about your rights.