Your riding holiday health checklist!
Before you leave…
researching your destination and what are the health risks associated with each
country. A good resource for this is https://www.masta-travel-health.com/. This website provides detailed information on
vaccination recommendations, potential outbreaks and general health
Foreign Office or consular services website will also have a “health and
safety” page for each country. For instance, see:
Visit your general practitioner
an appointment 3 to 6 months before your departure, or even 1 year if you are
travelling to Asia or Africa. Discuss the destination(s) you plan to travel to with
your doctor so that they can prescribe the necessary medication and
vaccinations, but also give you any extra recommendations. Don't forget to ask
them to provide you with a prescription for the medication you might bring and
any medical problems or allergies you may have. This list will be useful at
customs in case you are checked.
Make sure to ask your doctor if your usual vaccinations are up to date
(Tetanus, BCG, …).
insurance covers you in case of problems and, above all, replaces or
complements your health insurance when you are abroad. It gives you peace of
mind and will cover your medical expenses. Make sure that the policy you choose
covers all the activities you want to do during your stay. Read it carefully to
check what is and isn’t covered and whether the transfers to a proper hospital are
provided in case of emergency treatment in your destination, as well as
European Health Insurance Card
European riders only - If you are travelling within Europe remember to order
your European health insurance card from your health insurance fund. This card
allows you to be reimbursed for necessary health care incurred during temporary
stays in the European Union, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Switzerland and
the United Kingdom.
is used in the event of a temporary stay in the territory of a State Member,
regardless of the nature of the stay. It is free of charge and valid for 2
If you are travelling in a group, each individual must have their own card even
if they are minors.
UK riders should get a free UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) before leaving the UK. If you already have an EHIC it will still be valid as long as it remains in date.
Make sure your vaccinations are up to date and your kits are ready. Make sure everything is packed zipped lock plastic bags. Take the doctor's letter with you and make a copy (you can also take a picture of it with your smartphone) to put in your luggage in case you lose the original. Take the necessary adapters if you need to use electronic devices. Lastly, take your medication with you in your hand luggage – if your checked bag is delayed or lost, you will have your essential items with you!