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Travel With Oxygen

The decision to travel abroad when you or your child has respiratory or pulmonary conditions will naturally make you think twice; knowing that dependency on oxygen will present challenges. But, with some careful planning, it is certainly possible.

Firstly, pay a visit to your doctor to discuss your travel plans. It’s crucial at the time of making reservations, that you are considered fit to travel. When having to travel with oxygen, its policy with most air and cruise lines that passengers secure suitable travel insurance. Without doctor’s consent or if you are awaiting surgery, impatient treatment or under medical investigation, it’s unlikely that cover will be issued and travel permitted.

Flying With Oxygen

Booking early is the key. Some airlines only allow one passenger requiring oxygen per flight with up to seven days notice. As a rule, oxygen will be supplied by the airline for a fee. Charges range from £30 - £100 per leg. This can get expensive if you have connecting flights. Direct flights, even though the same distance may be covered, can work out cheaper. Airlines do not provide oxygen for airport terminal use, so separate arrangements need to be made should your itinerary include any stops.

Make preparations to travel with oxygen via the airline’s Special Services or Medical Department. Check the flow they can deliver and whether a mask or nasal cannula is provided. Boarding with your own oxygen is not allowed, although the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), have approved a select group of portable oxygen concentrators (POC) that can be used in-flight. Do check before purchasing or hiring a POC that the model has been approved and will be accepted by the airline. Empty canisters can be taken onboard for the purpose of filling and using once at your destination.

Cruising With Oxygen

Travel with oxygen is accepted by most cruise lines provided at least ten days notice is given with a doctors letter. Some cruise lines offer oxygen, others require you to bring your own. Make your travel agent aware of your oxygen needs and they should be able to advise you. Work with your regular oxygen supply company to calculate how many tanks you require and to arrange to pick up tanks at ports of call. Alternatively,www.travel02.com allows ordering of oxygen supplies throughout the US and over 150 countries.

Both forms of transport require a physician’s letter outlining diagnosis, prescription quantity of oxygen, flow rate and approval to travel as well as travel insurance. Travel insurance does not cover the cost of oxygen but will protect you, subject to policy terms and conditions, in the event of cancellation and emergency medical treatment.

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