HOLIDAY & TRAVEL GUIDELINES

Below you will find a series of guidelines intended to help haemophiliac patients and their families enjoy and get the most from their summer holidays.

  • If you are travelling in European Union and other affiliated countries (see list of EU and affiliated countries) remember to take your European health insurance card (EHIC) with you.
  • Make sure you have the necessary healthcare forms (S1 or S2 etc. depending on the type of healthcare you require). These forms show that you are entitled to free healthcare in public hospitals in European Union countries and can be obtained by taking your healthcare card to your Local Health Authority. Click HERE for further information
  • Always carry the necessary medical information with you.
  • Make sure you take all the products, medicines and other material you require for treatment with you, as the same products may not be available and buying them abroad is likely to be very expensive. Many countries have limited stocks of products for haemophilia and might not be able to supply them to travellers because they are reserved for the local population.
  • Carry a document in the local language (or at least in English) with you explaining to the arrival/ departure security staff why you need to carry medicines, needles, syringes, etc. with you and the serious consequences that you would experience if you did not have access to them. Facsimile letter for airport security staff, in English
  • When flying, always carry your products, medicines, etc. in your hand luggage. This will make it possible to show them to the security staff and customs authorities, if necessary. It also avoids the risk of treatment products and accessories getting lost with checked baggage or breaking due to temperature changes in the hold of the aircraft.
  • Take a letter from your GP with you providing full details of your illness and the treatment you require. This letter should preferably be written in the language of the country you are travelling to. Download a specimen letter here. Facsimile doctor’s letter, in English
  • Carry with you a letter to be presented at Customs, when necessary, explaining why you are carrying products, medicines, needles and syringes. When possible, this letter should be in the language of the country you intend to visit. Facsimile Customs letter
  • Visas should be obtained and checked well before your departure date.
  • Check your medical insurance well before your departure date. Your special medical situation could require longer application approval times.
  • Before travelling, it is advisable to contact the haemophilia centres of the countries you plan to visit, for information regarding the availability of treatment products and the medical expenses that you may have to cover when visiting that country. Click here for a list of haemophilia centres abroad.
  • If you require treatment when travelling, first of all call one of the specialised centres listed in the WFH Passport Directory, which will be able to help you.
  • Local haemophiliac patient advocacy groups will also be able to provide you with any assistance you need. These groups are also listed in the Passport Directory

 

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Wikiphilia

Learn more about the meaning of the words you read on this page and learn about the entire glossary on hemophilia.

A ereditary genetic illness, characterised by a deficiency of clotting factor VIII, that exposes the individual to a greater risk of both internal and external bleeds.

Haemophilia A is more common in males, whereas females tend to be healthy carriers of the condition.

The typical symptoms of the condition include haemarthroses (joint bleeds) and haematomas (muscle bleeds).

Condition that occurs when factor VIII activity is between 1% and 5%.

Condition that occurs when factor VIII activity is between 1% and 5%.