Going on holiday

Holidays abroad

Many people with a lung condition think they cannot travel abroad, but this is not true. As in the UK, packages differ, so shop around.

Always check with your doctor or health care professional to make sure you are well enough to travel before deciding where to go, and always check and plan your arrangements in advance.

How do I get there?


Many ferry companies have lifts, toilets and other facilities accessible to people with disabilities. They can also give priority loading and special parking spaces to vehicles with disabled passengers.


Eurostar trains have been designed to cater for passengers with special requirements. Some coaches have wheelchair access and allow oxygen containers on board. If you are travelling further afield in Europe, contact the relevant European train company for its policy on travelling with oxygen.


Check whether your insurance company requires a green card – a document that makes it easier for vehicles to move freely across foreign borders.

In the UK, Blue Badges allow drivers of passengers with severe mobility problems to park close to where they need to go. Blue Badges are recognised across the European Union, so you can take advantage of the parking concessions each country provides. Find out more.

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Last medically reviewed: March 2018. Due for review: March 2021

This information uses the best available medical evidence and was produced with the support of people living with lung conditions. Find out how we produce our information. If you’d like to see our references get in touch.