7 steps holidaymakers can take to avoid suffering disappointment
We are soon approaching the summer which is the traditional time of year for us Brits to take hard earned vacations in nicer climates and surrounded by beautiful scenery.
In Covéa's experience, Travel Insurance is one of the most emotive and disruptive classes of insurance available in the HNW market. There is a palpable sense of disappointment and heartache involved in seeing flights cancelled, learning that you are a victim of flight or accommodation booking fraud, being involved in personal accidents abroad, seeing loved ones suffer health scares which often ruin a planned getaway.
There a few steps that holidaymakers can take in advance of a holiday to reduce the chance of suffering disappointment:
Research your destination
Travelling to some countries will require vaccinations in advance of your trip to ensure you do not pick up local diseases which could ruin your holiday. Local laws and customs can be very different to our own and not being aware of them is not an accepted excuse with local authorities. Experiencing trouble with authorities in another country can be an alienating experience, therefore a little research can save you a lot of potential anguish.
Ensure that you check the official advice of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in advance of travelling to your destination. If the FCO is advising against all or all but essential travel, the vast majority of Travel policies will not provide any cover for that trip if you still opt to travel.
Checking that all your documents are up-to-date can often be a last minute exercise and most Travel policies will not provide any cover if your documents do not arrive on time. It is, therefore, good practice to check that you have the correct visas far in advance of the start date of your trip and to also check that your passport has a minimum of 6 months remaining during the time that you are away.
Select your travel provider carefully
If a holiday deal looks too good to be true, it pays to be cautious.
ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) has produced its latest figures suggesting that victims of booking fraud suffered a loss of £1,380 on average each in 2018 and that the total number of victims were over 5,000.
The travel market is volatile and when some firms go out of business it is often the customer that suffers the most, especially when a firm is not ATOL (Air Travel Organisers Licence) protected. It is therefore always prudent to book holidays with reputable travel agents and tour operators to ensure you are not a victim.
Declare medical conditions
If you or any member of your family have any medical conditions when you incept the policy, call the relevant medical screening line. If any new medical conditions arise prior to the journey, you should call the medical screening line as soon as possible to ensure that the insurer is aware of any health conditions that could affect the terms and conditions of the policy. Being transparent about yours and your family’s health is essential to avoid any additional unwanted surprises in the event of a medical emergency whilst you are away.
European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
If you are travelling in Europe, a free EHIC will enable you to access to medical treatment at the same cost (free of charge in some instances) as people who were born in your destination country.
Be prepared for an emergency
It might seem a little paranoid, but being prepared in the event of an emergency whilst you are away can save a lot of time, frustration and money if something does go wrong. Make sure you have copies for you and any friends or family at home of your important documents, booking information and contact information. And of course, keep your Travel insurance details with you at all times.
Covéa Insurance is the UK underwriting business of the leading French mutual insurance Group Covéa and offers competitively-priced household and motor insurance, along with a range of commercial insurance products designed to meet the needs of most businesses, through a nationwide network of intermediaries. Regional distribution teams based in 9 regional offices offer brokers and insurance intermediaries direct access to senior underwriters. Covéa Insurance handles the insurance needs of over 1 million policyholders.
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