Travel glossary

Find out about some of the words and terms you might hear when planning a holiday or getting travel insurance.

Useful words to know

When you are planning a holiday or getting travel insurance, you may come across lots of new words or terms and not know what they mean. Below we explain some of these words and terms. We have also used bold to highlight them in our information. Remember, you can call the Macmillan Support Line free on 0808 808 00 00 if you need more information or support.

A

Annual insurance

Anti-malarial tablets

B

Baggage allowance

Barrier cream

Blue Badge

Body scanner

C

Cancer-related exclusion

Consular

Consulate

D

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

DEET (diethyl-m-toluamide)

E

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

Excess

F

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

H

Home Office

M

Malaria

Medical evacuation

P

Personal medicines licence

Pre-existing condition

Premium

R

Repatriation

S

Single-trip insurance

Sun protection factor (SPF)

T

Travel certificate

Travel insurance

V

Vaccinations

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