Holidays Abroad:

Where can I travel to if I am on dialysis?

You can travel almost anywhere in the world, depending on the availability of dialysis appointments in the nearest unit. Once you have a destination in mind, our holiday dialysis co-ordinator will be happy to assist and advise on the units in that area.

Is it safe to dialyse in another country?

We offer our patients consistently high standards in any of the worldwide dialysis clinics. We assess them yearly, making sure they meet the same standards as where you dialyse here in Ireland.

How do I enquire about booking dialysis for my upcoming trip?

Complete the online form and we will begin working on your request. It can take time to receive confirmation from dialysis units abroad, but we will be in touch with you as quick as we can to confirm.

Will I book my flights/accommodation before my dialysis is confirmed?

It is best to wait until you have received a dialysis booking confirmation from our co-ordinator before confirming flights or putting a deposit on your holiday. We will do a thorough search of all hospitals in the area you are travelling to, but since the Covid-19 pandemic some hospitals have less capacity. We will do our best for alternative options if your chosen location is not available.

You will need to give the IKA at least a minimum 6-8 weeks notice for your holiday treatment abroad.

How do you get my medical information to book my dialysis?

Once you give consent on the application form, this allows us to safely communicate all your paper work from one hospital to another. We have years of experience and all your information is kept confidential.

Are there are any more protocols in place since Covid-19?

All hospitals have taken extra precautions since the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure everyone is kept as safe as possible. There are a few further tests required before travelling, such as a PCR test which must be taken 72 hours prior to your flight departure. We will be sure to inform you of what is required along the way and before you travel.

I am struggling to get holiday insurance. Have you any suggestions as to who will take on kidney patients?

We suggest speaking with a representative for Travel Insurance to make sure you are fully covered for your upcoming trip. We have found the below travel insurance companies useful for some of our previous patients:

  • Tel: 01 440 4367
  • Insure & Go Tel: 1850 224 225
  • Tel: +32 (2) 881 0125
  • Do I need to arrange my own transport to dialysis abroad?

    For most destinations you will need to make your own arrangements to/from the hospital for your dialysis times. Destinations that do offer transport will be in touch directly with you prior to your arrival, and will discuss pick up times with you.

    I am travelling abroad, and I am on peritoneal dialysis (PD), what do I need to know before I travel?

    Contact the Baxter Renal Homecare Team to make arrangements for deliveries of PD supplies abroad: 01 206 5522.

    Do I need to let the transplant team know I am travelling?

    Yes, if you are on the waiting list for a transplant, you should let the team know that you will be abroad. This will 'pause' you on the list whilst you are away, as you wouldn't be available to recieve the transplant. Remember to let them know as soon as you return.

    IKA Irish Holiday Homes:

    How do I enquire about an IKA Holiday Home?

    Fill out the online form with your preferred dates and location. Yearly we receive a high volume of enquiries, but we will be in touch to advise on availability or waiting list details.

    How are holidays allocated?

    Given there is likely to be more demand than properties available, accommodation is allocated based on:

  • The number of years since family has had a holiday in Ireland or abroad (applies to all holidays, not just IKA holidays).
  • Priority is given to families with school going children during summer school holidays.
  • Families in extreme hardship (recent deaths, special needs).
  • If still over booked, random number allocation will apply.
  • Felixibility on time and location increases availability.
  • Cancellation list will be maintained.
  • Is there any charge to stay at the homes?

    The Irish Kidney Association has three holiday homes in Ireland which are available, free of charge, for transplant and dialysis patients to use.

    How long can I stay for?

    At present all holidays homes are for a 5 night stay only due to COVID-19 cleaning protocols.

    Who can travel with me?

    Holiday homes are for the patient and their family. Find out how many people can stay in each home on the main Holidays page.

    Can I bring my pet(s) to the holiday home?

    Unfortunately we can't permit pets of any kind.

    This will be my first time travelling since I've been on dialysis. What do I need to know?

    If you are on Haemodialysis (HD) our Holiday Coordinator will help you to book dialysis sessions near to the holiday home. If you are on Peritoneal Dialysis (PD), speak with your PD nurse about arranging for supplies to be delivered to the holiday home for you - you will need to bring your PD machine with you. All homes are supplied with drip stands, stainless steel trolleys and weighing scales for PD.

    Will I be eligible for financial support?

    Once you have submitted your holiday enquiry and given consent for the information to be shared with our Patient Support Officer, it will be assessed for financial support. Our Patient Support Officer will contact you separately regarding this.

    Are the holiday homes wheelchair accessible?

    Our wheelchair accessible homes are:

  • Home in Tralee
  • Larger apartment in Tramore
  • What facilities are provided at the hoiday homes?

    Facilities provided in all our homes:

  • Electric cooker
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Iron
  • TV
  • The linen for the beds will be supplied but we would ask you if you are bringing children to kindly bring some protection for the mattress.
  • A special trolley, drip stand, and bathroom scales are available for PD patients.

  • Please bring your own:

  • Family towels
  • Tea towels
  • Dishcloths
  • Cleaning products
  • Cots for infants / young children are not provided, please bring your own travel cot with the appropriate bedding.

  • The properties in Kerry (Killarney and Tralee) have Wifi and Hairdryers.


    Here at the IKA we're more than happy to assist you with anything you might need. If you've got any questions or concerns then please feel free to use the contact form on the right to send us a message. Otherwise click on the purple bar below to find alternative ways to get in touch with us!

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