Speak with your airline provider prior to travel – Prior to travel abroad via aeroplane it is important to make sure oxygen is allowed or available on the flight. All airlines have different regulations and policies so this first step is vital.
Make sure you have all the details of your prescribed oxygen needs – You will need to make sure you have the correct amount and levels as per your medical certificate. Also be aware on how to use any portable concentrator and not to run out of battery life.
Allow plenty of time at the airport – Due to the extra checks and requirements it may take longer to check in at the airport with all the relevant paperwork to be checked. But also be aware you will be able to board the plane first to get settled and make sure your equipment is set up.
Transavia airline’s website now describes how you can pre-order and request medical oxygen for your flight. This would be at a cost of 75€ per 400 Litres. This could be a great sign that other airlines will follow suit. Here the cost is clear for anyone needing this requirement. The airline simply request the following conditions:
You are able to operate the device yourself. Or you are travelling together with someone (aged 16 or over) who can provide assistance.
You require a signed medical certificate in English from an independent physician or specialist. The required number of litres of oxygen per minute is stated. The certificate must also state whether the oxygen is on stand-by or continuous. The medical certificate must be issued no later than 7 days before the departure of your flight and is required for all flights to and from the Netherlands.
You require less than 1,500 litres of oxygen per flight. If you require more oxygen, it is not possible to fly due to safety regulations.
You may not use your own oxygen bottles in the plane. You may take empty oxygen containers with you for use at the destination. These will be transported as hold luggage.
Oxygen can only be requested for flights departing and arriving at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Rotterdam The Hague Airport and Eindhoven Airport. Please note that extra oxygen tanks cannot be requested for flights departing from and arriving in Belgium and France. One exception to this is the Amsterdam-Paris (Orly) route
Please read full details over on their website: https://www.transavia.com/help/en-eu/medical-services-assistance/flying-with-extra-oxygen/request-extra-oxygen
Preparing for a holiday, trip abroad or even for work can be relatively straight forward for most; passport, luggage and camera. But for those who require medical oxygen it is not as simple as taking your own extra item with you when boarding an aeroplane and moving across countries.
Do not fear as there are experts who can help and leave you to pack your things. It can become confusing to understand different policies, rules across airlines and then having medical oxygen provided at your accommodation is another service to research and book. It is unfortunately not cheap and therefore you need to make sure you have a reliable, safe and efficient service. You would not want your time away to be spoilt especially having help on hand as these machines can fail and need to be replaced quickly or fixed.
Speak to the team at @oxygenworldwide who can help plan, book and have your medical oxygen delivered to most countries across the world. The team also offer a 24/7 service so that if anything does go wrong they are on hand to put it right for you. With all the expert knowledge and relationships built with suppliers for over 20 years you can trust our team and have one less item to worry about.
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Travel is such an exciting experience and when you are not travelling domestically with medical oxygen flying internationally means you just need to prepare a bit more so that you are fully prepared for travel with medical oxygen.
Here is our guide to help you prepare for that exciting new trip across the waters via aeroplane:
It is advisable to book your flight as early as possible. Not only does this give you enough time to plan and arrange your oxygen needs but it also confirms that the airline is able to make arrangements for your medical requirements for travel as some airlines only allow 1 passenger per flight to travel with oxygen.
Plan your oxygen requirements in advance too, contact your OxygenWorldwide team member who can send you a quote upon request and book all your oxygen needs in your desired location using their extensive network and expertise.
Contact your accommodation provider or where you are staying to let them know you are travelling with oxygen just so they are aware as some deliveries may arrive early.
Finally make a visit to your GP to confirm you are fit to fly and travel to your chosen country and have everything you need medically to ensure a swift check in and on-boarding journey.
If you want to find out more please read our FAQ’s on our website for more information
For those of us who vitally need medical oxygen throughout the day or evening one question that is regularly asked is…
Can I take my medical oxygen on a plane when I fly?
As a team who has been arranging oxygen for travel here at OxygenWorldwide this is in our work DNA! It will depend on your airline and you must always check especially if you are getting connecting flights on your travels that you adhere to the guidelines and rules. Some airlines will allow you to travel with your Portable Oxygen Concentrator if you have completed a ‘fit to fly’ form and had this confirmed. Other airlines may forbid this and you will need to make arrangements.
Our worldwide contacts with oxygen suppliers and airport personnel combined with our multilingual customer service staff means we are able to assist you in your native language. This can be particularly important when having problems during your travels.
If you are starting to plan your summer holidays to any of these destinations and travels it can seem stressful and over whelming, but please be assured that arranging travel with oxygen can be taken out of your hands and made much easier when using an experienced team. This means you have more time to plan your itinerary, buy those new summer clothes and get excited dreaming about what you will see, explore, discover in your chosen holiday destination.
If you require oxygen for your holiday then please complete this form and we will get back to you with a bespoke quote based on your needs and requirements.
It’s time to pack and for some this may mean very careful planning but with our experts at @oxygenworldwide we can help remove a lot of stressful planning when your essentials include medical oxygen.
Flying on aeroplanes can take away energy cause fatigue, dry out skin and dehydrate you. When traveling remember to not cause yourself too much stress and plan in advance, book taxis or transport to the airport in plenty of time and make sure airlines are aware of any requirements in advance such as dietary conditions or special assistance needs.
Make sure you always carry some water on you to stop dehydration and make sure you move around a bit to keep your circulation moving especially when travelling long haul and to any of these countries that we also deal with regularly when delviering oxygen.
It is highly recommended to carry any important or recent medical records, in case you need to be seen by a different provider while traveling.
And if you aren’t feeling well, it might be worth putting off air travel.
When organising your trip use our FAQ section that will help answers a few of those questions all in one place. Also if you have any queries please do get in touch as our team are on hand to help when travelling with oxygen.