If you are in any doubt about flying due to a medical condition, check with your doctor or health care professional before you arrange your holiday and flights.  

The UK Civil Aviation Authority’s Aviation Health Unit (AHU) is a source of up-to-date information and advice about health issues and flying. You can contact the AHU on 01293 573674 or by email here. Their website provides guidance on medical issues that may affect your journey and visit to a foreign country. 

Passengers with a breathing condition can find out more from the British Lung Foundation. Some passengers are asked to take a ‘fit to fly’ test where they can experience lower pressures before they fly.


Take all necessary medication required for the duration of your holiday plus a few days spare to allow for any delays in returning home. Not all medication is available abroad so you may wish to take complete spare bottles of medication should one be accidentally dropped.

Remember to check websites of the countries being visited for banned substances as not all UK medicines are automatically allowed into another country, e.g codeine is a banned substance in the United Arab Emirates.

Take copies of recent repeat prescription requests, letter from G.P &/or Consultants stating each medication used & the dose.