disabled people may need to use wheelchairs on
holiday. We strongly recommend you bring a
lightweight, manual , folding wheelchair.
Electric wheelchairs with dry cell or gel
batteries are accepted by most airlines, but you
would be stranded should the wheelchair have a
breakdown whilst overseas. You may have problems
charging your batteries, with the change of
voltage and may also have to bring a special
On many airlines scooters are not accepted,
we would therefore, recommend hiring an electric
wheelchair for overseas travel, likewise, on
holidays by adapted coach, scooters take 2
normal wheelchair places and are therefore, not
accepted by many suppliers unless the scooter
can be collapsed and put in the luggage
compartment underneath the coach, however, the
weight of the scooter and batteries usually
means that this is not practical either.
Ensure your wheelchair is serviced and in
good repair prior to the start of your holiday.
Overseas repairs can be costly and parts are not
always available. Wheelchairs for hire, whilst
yours is being repaired, are not always
possible, or can be very costly, leaving you
stranded. You should ALWAYS bring with you, a
puncture repair kit, pump and spare inner tube,
unless your wheelchair has solid tyres fitted.
Also, if you have an air cushion, bring its pump
and a puncture repair kit.
is advisable that all persons receiving
medication or attending the doctor, obtain
permission to travel from their doctor. Some
airlines require a Doctor's Certificate stating
"fitness to travel".
Always bring with you, one and a half times
the medication, surgical dressings, catheters
etc., you normally need for your condition, in
case of a delay on your return journey or other
unforeseen circumstances. All medication should
be clearly labelled with your name, dosage and
generic name of the drug or medicine and stored
These containers must be carried in your HAND
BAGGAGE. If you need a bladder wash out, we
recommend this is carried out prior to the start
of your holiday.
E111 form has been superseded by the European
Health Insurance Card. To obtain a card, forms
are available from the Post Office or
online at the following web address:
This still covers you for free or reduced cost
EMERGENCY care in European Union Countries. It
only covers you for State provided treatment and
NOT private treatment. It is, therefore,
important you take out additional
Vaccinations & Inoculations
you are visiting a country where you need
vaccinations/inoculations or specific medication
e.g.. anti-malaria tablets, make sure you talk
to your own GP well in advance of travel as it
can take many weeks with some
vaccinations/inoculations to have total
protection. We recommend at least 8 weeks
minimum before travel.
On occasions most travellers experience stomach
upsets. To minimise the risk, only eat food that
is freshly prepared, well cooked and hot.
Remember contaminated food may look, smell
and taste perfectly normal, so it may be best to
avoid the following, especially in hot climates:
- Food from street traders (unless freshly
- Salads and Fruit Food exposed to insects
- Home made ice cream and unpasteurised
- Dishes containing raw or lightly cooked
- Shellfish, especially if raw
Drinking water abroad is not always safe, and
even if it is, because it's sure to be different
to what you are used to, it may upset your
stomach. It is safer to drink bottled water,
purchased from a reputable source, boiled water
or water sterilised with tablets. Drink hot
drinks or known brand soft and alcoholic drinks.
AVOID taking ice in drinks or using tap water to
clean your teeth.
in many holiday resorts you will visit, the sun
is much stronger than the UK. Take a hat and
shirt for protection and use a sun screen with a
factor of 15 or higher. Wheelchair users should
consider protecting the tops of their legs
against the sun.
Foreign & Commonwealth Office Advice to
Travellers Line 0207 238 4503/4
Foreign & Commonwealth Office Web Site
Home Office Drugs Branch 0207 273 3806
Malaria Health Line 0891 600350
Department of Health has a booklet "Health
Advice for Travellers". This is obtainable from
Post Offices. There is also a literature hotline
which will give advice about publications
available for travel on 0800 555777.