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A group for people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes to demand a fairer deal on travel insurance
Travel Insurance for People with Diabetes

Diabetes can be managed, so insurance shouldn't cost the earth.

If you have diabetes, in the UK, travel insurance can be very expensive to arrange. We think that's unfair, and we'd like to help change it.

So why is travel insurance for diabetics so expensive? Well, it's because insurers regard diabetes (in their terminology) as a "pre-existing medical condition". Because a lot of their costs relate to medical claims made abroad, they charge more for holiday insurance to customers who they think are more likely to make a claim because of their medical history - including people with diabetes.

However, we think the extra costs of diabetic travel insurance are excessive, given the cost of claims actually made by people with diabetes when on holiday. So, just in time for World Diabetes Day, we created this group. Our promise was that if 100 people with diabetes registered interest, we would open a dialogue with insurance companies, to negotiate cheap travel insurance for the group. And that's exactly what we've done - you can read about this in the Current Offer section.

If you know other people with diabetes, why not invite them to join the group too? The more people we have on board, the better the offers we can agree.

Finally, if you have other medical conditions associated with you diabetes, you might also like to join our Travel Insurance with Diabetic Complications group.

Author: Sam Gilbert

Not ready to buy yet? Let us know when to send you a reminder.

752 Members
  • Yeondae


    Member since 13 Mar 2014

  • Kingsley


    Member since 01 Mar 2014

Not interested but know others who might be?

8.6% discount on Diabetes Travel Insurance, from traveladder - exclusively for members

We’ve scoured the market to find you the best value options if you have diabetes. The severity of your condition will have the biggest impact on your travel insurance quote. If you consider your diabetes to be mild and without complications, we think these are the best 3 options for you:

  1. Member exclusive offer: Try traveladder first, we've negotiated an 8.6% discount exclusively to members of Bought By Many, and you won't find it anywhere else. Just click on get a quote.

  2. Try the mainstream: Price comparison sites are getting better at offering fairer cover for people with mild diabetes. Try if you’re looking for a mainstream insurance provider.

  3. Recommended by other members: We’ve had positive feedback from other members that TopDog Insurance offers a very competitive quote.

Do you suffer for complications related to your diabetes?

Unfortunately, if you have complications related to your diabetes, finding a competitive quote can be more of a challenge. To help you get the right level of cover at a fair price, we’ve created a new group travel insurance with diabetic complications. Join the group to get a 12.5% discount with Free Spirit – they have a deep understanding of diabetic complications and no age limits for their policies.

Not ready to buy yet? Let us know when to send you a reminder.

The bigger the group gets, the stronger its negotiating position with insurance companies becomes.

Total Members: 752

  • lesley · joined 11 Jan 13

    Recruited 1 person to the group

  • Cristina · joined 15 Jan 13

  • Alix · joined 14 Nov 12

  • Lesley · joined 28 Nov 12

    Recruited 7 people to the group

  • Craig · joined 30 Nov 12

    Recruited 5 people to the group

  • Naomi · joined 05 Jan 13

    Recruited 3 people to the group

  • Alan · joined 01 Dec 12

    Recruited 3 people to the group

  • Russell · joined 02 Aug 13

    Recruited 2 people to the group

  • BEVERLEY · joined 31 Jul 13

    Recruited 2 people to the group

  • Tony · joined 19 Jun 13

    Recruited 2 people to the group

  • Ian · joined 16 Apr 13

    Recruited 2 people to the group

  • Stephen · joined 16 Apr 13

    Recruited 2 people to the group

  • Sallyann · joined 27 Jan 13

    Recruited 2 people to the group

  • Paul · joined 26 Jan 13

    Recruited 2 people to the group

  • Lou · joined 25 Nov 12

    Recruited 2 people to the group

  • Eddie · joined 24 Nov 12

    Recruited 2 people to the group

  • Paul · joined 08 Oct 13

    Recruited 1 person to the group

  • Nitin · joined 21 Jul 13

    Recruited 1 person to the group

  • Sparkle · joined 09 May 13

    Recruited 1 person to the group

  • Joe · joined 07 May 13

    Recruited 1 person to the group

Community questions and answers


  • I am type 2 diabetis and am also on other medication we hope to travel to europe later this year. Last year we went to Portugal and I had to pay a small fortune for travel insurance. I am on tablets for the diabetis but I could make sure I had plenty with me if we travel. Is it possible to get cheaper insurance. Beatrice Smith.

    avatar for Beatrice Beatrice 1 year ago
  • Hi Beatrice, and many thanks for your question. Unfortunately people with Type 2 Diabetes often find it tricky to get cheap travel insurance. The good news is that we recently negotiated a 12.5% discount on diabetes travel insurance for members of this group with Free Spirit Travel Insurance - a company who specialise in arranging travel insurance for people with diabetes and other medical conditions. Just click on the "Apply for current offer" button if you'd like to get a quote. Alternatively, if you'd rather wait until nearer the time of your trip to Europe, you can set a reminder by clicking the "Current Offer" tab. Best wishes, Sam

    avatar for Sam Sam (Bought By Many staff) 1 year ago


  • I need to inject twice a day after doing tests to find out how many units i need very hard to do on a plane no where private to do it without people looking at you. I want to travel from England to the Philippines and because I'm disabled as well after losing a leg and also having operations for skin cancer no one will touch me for insurance which is not really fair on me

    avatar for OM OM 1 year, 5 months ago
  • Hi OM, can I ask which travel insurance companies you've spoken to in the past? Sam @ Bought By Many

    avatar for Sam Sam (Bought By Many staff) 1 year, 5 months ago

Could you help us speed up negotiations?

  • We're currently in negotiation with two travel insurance companies to get a deal for the group. One of the companies has asked us if 3 members would be happy to get a travel insurance quote from them, in order that they can calculate the discount they'll be able to offer more accurately. This would simply involve filling in a short questionnaire online, and it would help us arrange a deal more quickly. It doesn't matter whether your diabetes is Type 1 or Type 2, where you're going on holiday, or whether you're looking for annual travel insurance or cover for a single trip. If you'd be happy to do this, please email [email protected] and we will send you a link. Many thanks, Sam

    avatar for Sam Sam (Bought By Many staff) 1 year, 3 months ago


  • Hi would be interesting to know how many of us have actually needed to use travel insurance when abroad. I have had diabetes 48 years and love travelling...and I have never needed to use it. Cheers Alix xx

    avatar for Alix Alix 1 year, 5 months ago
  • That's a great question Alix - we'd be really interested to hear if people have ever claimed on their travel insurance for reasons to do with diabetes - it could be a very helpful point for us to put to insurers. Cheers, Sam @ Bought By Many

    avatar for Sam Sam (Bought By Many staff) 1 year, 5 months ago
  • When the volcano went up in Iceland I got stranded in Spain - it was really no hardship as was staying with my son. I ran out of Metformin and thought I would have to make a claim but it was just so cheap to buy the stuff over the counter (something like 3 euros for a months supply) that it wasnt worth even making a phone call about it.

    avatar for Suzie Suzie 1 year, 4 months ago
  • hello my name jean wood like two see much travel insurance wood be l inject 6 time a day and have lot more wrong with me thanks

    avatar for Jean Jean 1 year, 3 months ago
  • Hi Jean, thanks for your question - I will email you some information about where to find quotes for travel insurance with medical conditions. Can I ask if there's anywhere in particular you are thinking of travelling to? The destination can make a big difference to the cost, becuase of the different healthcare arrangements that exist in different countries. Thanks, Sam

    avatar for Sam Sam (Bought By Many staff) 1 year, 3 months ago

type 2 and the elderly

  • hi my hubby is type 2 He is 77, i am trying to get travel insurance for him so we can go and visit our son in Dubai at the end of February. i have tried AgeUK who insured him 14 months ago for £180 but don't want to know now as he is over 75. i have trawled the internet and came up with quotes ranging from £280 to £884 ! how can these companies justify their quotes we have been abroad many times and never used the insurance. why cant these companies run a no claim discount bonus scheme. worked on the more you travel the more cash you et knocked off. it would be wonderful if you could also add aged people with diabetes to your site, this would help people like me from spending days on the net and phone trying not only to find a good deal but the right deal for them.

    avatar for Bel Bel 1 year, 2 months ago
  • Hi Bel - Many thanks for a very thought-provoking post. In general, travel insurance does become dramatically more expensive for anyone who is over 75. For similiar reasons to the ones you describe, we think that's unfair, and we've launched a separate group for older people - see And of course, existing medical conditions like Type 2 diabetes only make matters worse for older people when it comes to arranging travel insurance, even if - like your husband and other people in this group - you've travelled regularly and never made a claim. On a positive note, our negotiations with the travel insurance companies I mentioned in my post last week (see below) are going well, and we expect we'll be able to arrange a deal that has no upper age limit - so fingers crossed that will give you a better option to insure your holiday to Dubai than the quotes you've had so far. Best wishes, Sam

    avatar for Sam Sam (Bought By Many staff) 1 year, 2 months ago

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