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Travelling with oxygen

VitalAire can assist with your oxygen travel needs. Plan ahead and follow these simple recommendations for travel in South Africa or abroad.

Planning is key

Plan at least six to eight weeks ahead to travel successfully. Your plan should include contacting your doctor, travel provider, accommodation, VitalAire, or any other parties involved in your trip.

Talk to your doctor

Discuss your travel plans with your doctor. Since the reduced air pressure in an aircraft affects blood oxygen levels, you may require changes to your medication if you are flying. You may also need additional oxygen.

Ask your doctor for a letter listing your medications and oxygen therapy prescription. This will help if you lose your baggage or need medical attention.

Talk to your travel provider

Whether you travel by car, bus, train, ship, or plane, each transport mode may require a different approach to your oxygen therapy. For example, you will need to apply for special assistance from your airline.

Every travel provider will have rules for the type of oxygen equipment you can use. Regulations will vary, but it will take time to complete the paperwork to make your travel possible so notify everyone well in advance to avoid unnecessary problems.

Talk to VitalAire

VitalAire can arrange for oxygen equipment to most destinations so that your accommodation is prepared for your arrival. We need at least three weeks’ notice for domestic travel and eight weeks for overseas travel. Please try to arrive at your destination during the week.

Checklist to plan your travel

This handy checklist will help you plan your travel. Start the process at least eight weeks before your trip to allow time for all the arrangements to be made.

Your pre-travel planning checklist

  • Obtain a copy of your oxygen therapy prescription.
  • Talk to your doctor about your plans, the use of mobility devices and portable oxygen concentrators.
  • Have a doctor’s letter stating you are fit to travel.
  • Talk to your travel provider about your needs.
  • Apply for special assistance from your airline.
  • Check with your airline to ensure you can fly with the equipment.
  • Fill in the VitalAire International Patient Form.
  • Plan to take spare accessories.