As the Coronavirus outbreak continues around the world, IAS Medical is monitoring the situation closely and adjusting our services in-line with the latest government advice as it unfolds. We will continue to update this page to keep you informed.
Because each country is dealing with the virus in their own way, we continue to consider each journey carefully and on a case-by-case basis, ensuring the safety of both patients and crew. To discuss your requirements, please contact the IAS Medical team on 0800 7999 900 or via our online form.
Coronavirus is a highly contagious virus that is transmitted through bodily fluids, such as coughing and sneezing. As such, it is easily spread amongst humans.
Believed to originate in the Chinese city of Wuhan, Coronavirus has now been confirmed in many countries around the world. Authorities have issued health warnings to prevent the further spread of the disease and travel restrictions are in place in some countries where the disease is particularly prevalent.
Many travelers have been caught up in the Coronavirus outbreak as a result of their travel commitments. Falling ill abroad is stressful at any time but especially so in the wake of an outbreak of an unfamiliar disease and at a time where health clinics are exceptionally busy.
If a loved one is away from home and has been diagnosed with Coronavirus, you may wish to bring them home to receive medical treatment and the support from their loved ones.
Regardless of whether their Coronavirus case has been confirmed or not, your loved one will not be able to travel on a standard commercial flight due to how contagious the virus is. However, it may be possible to bring them home via an air ambulance.
Can Coronavirus patients travel via air ambulance?
Subject to acceptance from the destination country, it is possible to transport patients with confirmed or suspected Coronavirus via air ambulance using specialist equipment.
There are specialist devices that are designed to support the safe transportation of patients with infectious diseases, such as the EpiShuttle. This pod-like device allows infected patients to travel safely, without spreading it to the medical or aircraft staff around them yet still allowing them to receive treatment.
Due to the size of the equipment, only one person can be carried at a time and only on a larger air ambulance.
While air ambulances have trained healthcare experts on board to provide the best level of care, a patient must be fit to fly before they can travel even by private air ambulance.
While IAS Medical offers a bed-to-bed medical repatriation service, it is becoming increasingly difficult to carry out given the travel restrictions imposed by some countries. In some cases, we may only be able to offer tarmac transfers, whereby we transfer the patient to the country’s medical team on landing.
Will Coronavirus patients be covered for an air ambulance flight under their travel insurance?
It’s important to check your travel insurance policy, as cover can vary between different providers. If you’re unsure, it’s always best to speak to your travel insurance company directly.
In some cases, travel insurance companies will cover Coronavirus patients for the cost of an air ambulance, usually if there are insufficient treatment options within the country. Before you book your air ambulance, you should always check what level of cover you have.
Of course, you can book a private air ambulance separately and pay for the costs yourself. Fill out our online form and we’ll provide you with a quote for your journey.
Can IAS Medical transport people home if they’re not unwell?
As an increasing number of countries close their borders, companies with teams based abroad may be concerned on how they can return their employees home safely. Air ambulances often benefit from exemptions to these border restrictions in some cases.
Where commercial flights are cancelled, an air ambulance could be the solution to getting your team home safely, even if they’re not infected by COVID-19. Our team will be able advise you on this further — get in touch today.
Travelling via air ambulance helps you get your loved ones home and allows them to receive treatment in their home country. IAS Medical is experienced in providing air ambulance transportation across the world. For more information, take a look at our air ambulances for individuals page or read what our clients have said about our recent missions.