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Travelling & Driving with Diabetes

Travelling & Driving with Diabetes


When you are newly diagnosed with diabetes you must check the DVLA guidelines in case you need to tell them. You could be fined up to £1000 pounds if you don't. 
There are some instances when you don't need to tell the DVLA. But, if your diabetes worsens or you have any diabetes related complications, you may need to declare it.  You can find more information here.
You MUST tell the DVLA If you treat your diabetes with insulin injections or drive a bus, coach or lorry. You can find out more information here.


You can still get out and see what the world has to offer when you have diabetes, but there are things you should consider before booking your trip:
  • keeping your insulin cool
  • airport security restrictions
  • how to pack
  • long haul flights
  • changing time zones
  • travel insurance
The key to a successful holiday with diabetes is forward planning.
It is very important that you carry some form of medical ID, whether it is a bracelet or ID card in your wallet, especially if you are travelling alone.

You can order support materials about travelling and driving with diabetes by calling our Diabetes Care Line on 08000 352525.


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