Holidays and travel

3) Are you fit enough to travel?

  • It is important that you discuss with your GP or healthcare professional before booking a holiday.


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  • They can give you advice and information, as well as discussing any concerns you have.
  • Some people with COPD may need an assessment to check if they are fit to fly. There are a variety of ways in which a health care professional may assess whether you are “fit to fly”. It is useful to arrange this well in advance as some airlines limit the number of passengers who are allowed to use oxygen on board.
  • The airline may have their own medical paperwork which needs to be completed. This may involve some tests. 
  • Not all airlines use the same paperwork or tests so it is important that you check this with them. Do this before you make a booking so that you can be sure that you will be allowed to fly.
  • Remember there are many places within the UK and Europe that you can visit without having to fly.