Are you thinking of travelling abroad?

Similar to other severe illnesses, the only times you might be prohibited from travelling is if you are too ill to travel.

If, for example, you're suffering from a manic or depressive episode (or have very recently had an episode) you are unlikely to be well enough to travel abroad.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have issued a guidance leaflet and a checklist that can help travellers better prepare for their journey and get help when abroad. Click here to find out more.

Travel Insurance

It sometimes can be difficult to purchase travel insurance from High Street insurers if you have a severe mental illness. Bipolar UK works with two travel insurance companies who are able to offer specialised insurance for people with a diagnosis of bipolar.

These companies will take into account your individual situation to provide a bespoke quote.

Active Minds Insurance Services – please quote our unique scheme code “MDF” on either 01424 215 315 or through their website Active Minds Insurance.

Active Minds also offer a Life Assurance scheme - for details of this, see the 'Money, Benefits & Insurance' section of our Frequently Asked Questions.

Free Spirit Travel Insurance – please quote our unique scheme code “MAN1156” on either 0800 170 7704 or visit their website at FreeSpirit Travel Insurance.

If you've received a good quote from either of these companies, or you've found a great quote elsewhere, please let us know on or by calling us on 0333 323 3880. This helps us to ensure we can provide everyone with the best information possible.