IBD and travel

If you have IBD (Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis) you may find the thought of travelling daunting. A change of climate, water, or food can upset anyone’s bowels.

Yet many people with IBD travel widely, both domestically and abroad. They may go for a short break or a long holiday lasting several weeks or months.

With careful planning ahead it should be possible for you to travel to most places. Before you leave, speak to your doctor and discuss all details. This will mean you know what to do if your IBD symptoms worsen while you are away and what to bring with you.

This information set is prepared to answer some of the questions that you may have when thinking about going on holiday or on a business trip. It also includes suggestions for people who have a stoma or have had surgery.

If you are on biologics therapy (refer here for the list of medications) please be considerable of travelling to tuberculosis-endemic regions