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Posted: 26/11/2010

First snow brings flurry of winter travel insurance advice

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has warned that 31% of Brits going on winter sports holidays do so without adequate travel insurance.

Officials gave examples of potential costs from suffering an accident abroad while uninsured, ranging from £6,400 for a broken bone in France to £23,000 for a spinal fracture in South America.

The FCO also highlighted some common Full Story

Posted: 8/11/2010

Post Office voted Best Travel Insurance Provider

The Post Office has won the award for Best Travel Insurance Provider at the 2010 British Travel Awards.

The annual gala awards night took place on 4th November in London where the Post Office beat competition from Insure and Go and Lloyds TSB to take the accolade for the fifth year which is voted for by the British public.

The British Travel Awards is the largest awards programme in the UK created Full Story

Posted: 13/8/2010

Travel Insurance now required for holiday's in the Channel Islands

Holidaymakers are being reminded that they will need travel insurance if they visit the Channel Islands. The destination is no longer covered by a longstanding agreement with the British government.

The Channel Islands are not part of the United Kingdom, but rather are a crown dependency. This means that they belong to the Queen, but have their own legal powers.

Until last year, there was a Full Story

Posted: 30/4/2010

Travel insurance compulsory for Cuba visitors

The Cuban government has announced that travel insurance will be mandatory for all foreign tourists from 1 May.

Originally the country's government had said only policies from a list of approved providers would be acceptable. No such list has been published yet, despite requests, and it looks as if officials have now dropped the idea of an approved list.

Instead it appears any policy will be acceptable, as long as it covers the entire duration and includes coverage for an Full Story

Posted: 23/4/2010

Volcanic ash fallout creates interest in premium travel insurance cover

One price comparison website is reporting that the aftermath of the volcanic ash clouds from Iceland has not only led to more interest in taking out travel insurance, but has prompted more people to consider so-called "premium policies".

That name doesn't refer to the money paid by the policyholder, but rather the level of cover taken out and the type of optional extras added to the policy. These include cover for delays, both in terms of compensation for lost holiday Full Story

Posted: 17/4/2010

Volcano chaos sparks travel insurance queries

The closure of all British airspace over safety fears after volcanic ash drifted over Britain has left passengers consulting their travel insurance policies.

European laws require airlines to offer customers a full refund or a transfer to a new flight after such a cancellation. They are also required to offer some meals or refreshments in the event of a lengthy delay.

However, some associated costs are not the responsibility of airlines and instead fall to travel insurance. Full Story

Posted: 12/11/2008

Post Office travel insurance voted best provider

The Post Office's travel money and insurance services have both claimed top placings at the 2008 British Travel Awards.

The Post Office bureau de change service won Best Foreign Exchange Company beating competition from several competitors. The Post Office was also voted Best Travel Insurance Company for the third year in a row.

More than 90,000 votes were cast by consumers and industry professionals across a range of categories at the Full Story

Posted: 17/4/2008

Saga travel insurance critical of insurers penalising T5 passengers

Following the numerous baggage handling problems at Heathrow's terminal 5, some travel insurers have introduced exclusions on their policies which prevent claims for lost baggage from passengers travelling via T5.

Insurers including Churchill and Direct Line have confirmed that they will exclude cover for lost baggage and delays on new policies. However, not all insurers are following suit with Full Story

Posted: 25/8/2007

Check your travel cover to avoid baggage crisis

In a response to a growing number of claims for lost baggage compounded by recent security restrictions, the British Insurance Brokers Association (BIBA) is urging travellers to check their insurance to ensure any valuables checked into the hold of a plane are properly covered.

This highlights the problem that many travel insurance policies do not cover valuables which are checked into the hold, and will often stipulate that you keep them under your control in your hand luggage or Full Story

Posted: 15/8/2007

One in five risk holidays without travel insurance

A new survey by Moneysupermarket insurance has revealed that too many UK holidaymakers are prepared to risk travelling without buying travel insurance.

With so many destinations available at the click of a mouse and cheap internet deals easy to come by, it appears that many are neglecting to protect themselves and their belongings against the most common holiday emergencies. A staggering one in five of us travel without insurance, and half of those do so intentionally with the rest Full Story

PLEASE NOTE: Travel insurance news items are intended for information only and should not be relied upon when making decisions. Due to their nature some of the information in these news stories may no longer be current.
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