Social and Leisure Matters after Stroke: Travelling



Physical and health changes after stroke are things to consider when travelling overseas. If you are planning for a getaway or have an overseas business trip to attend, this factsheet provides information that can help you with your travel plans. 


Can I travel overseas after a stroke? 



In the weeks after a stroke, you are at the highest risk of having another stroke. You may be required to attend medical follow-ups for post stroke monitoring and treatment. 

Your stroke may have left you with mobility problems. You may need to attend rehabilitation therapy for a period of time to regain physical function. 

If you are thinking about going overs, it is best to consult your doctor for individual medical advice on travelling after stroke. 


Air travel and stroke


There may be some medical considerations for air travel after a stroke. Each airline has its own rules on flying with medical conditions. It is advisable that you check with your doctor and the airline before you plan your trip. 



You may be asked to submit a doctor's certification or complete the airline medical clearance assessment form. This may include requests for special medical assistance or use of medical equipment onboard the flight. 


Tips on travelling overseas

Disability assistance during the air travel



  • It is recommended to get in touch with your airline office at least 48 hours before your flight if you need special seating arrangements or requires assistance such as the use of a wheelchair during your flight.
  • You should consider travelling with a companion if you require assistance with feeding of meals, toileting, ambulating to emergency exists or have difficulty in understanding safety briefings.
  • All passengers with disabilities are encouraged to check in at least 2 to 3 hours before departure to ensure smooth journey.


Traveling with medication




  • Prepare enough medication with you when traveling overseas.
  • You should carry a copy of your prescription of doctor's letter if you are carrying medications or medical equipment in your hand luggage. This will be useful when getting through the airline security and customs.


Travelling on long journey



You are likely to be inactive for a period of time if you are travelling on a long journey. this may put you at a risk of developing a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Here are some ways to help reduce the risk of DVT. 

  • Drink plenty of water unless advised otherwise by your doctor
  • Do simple exercise like flexing and extending your ankles.
  • Stay active by walking around regularly if possible.


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