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Travelling with medical conditions: How to stay healthy abroad

Taking a trip when you have a condition can make even the most experienced traveller nervous. Luckily, we’re on hand to ensure you can make the most of your time away. Here is some advice to help you stay safe while on holiday. Why do you need to declare medical conditions? If you’re travelling an... Read more

5 essential first aid tips you should know before going on holiday

Holidays are a time for rest and relaxation, but would you know what to do if something went wrong? Here are five key pieces of advice that you should know before you leave for your summer holidays; make sure that you're familiar with them. They could end up saving a life. 1. Know how to call an a... Read more

Gap year medical claims double in two years

When you're exploring options for your gap year adventure, certain parts of the planning process may be forgotten - but travel insurance definitely shouldn't be one of them. It may be an expense you think you don't need, especially if every penny's going towards your adventure - but if things go wr... Read more

Delayed in a manger: Six travel insurance tips for Christmas from the Nativity Story

Overcrowded hotels, unsuitable transportation, marauding soldiers, a pregnant backpacker going into labour; we might think that Christmas travel chaos is a relatively new phenomenon, but a brief analysis of the Nativity Story reveals that all the signs were there 2,000 years ago. Just as the three ... Read more

The FCO and ABI launches Travel Insurance Awareness campaign

Buying travel insurance can be tricky, especially if you have an existing medical condition. It's hard to know what to declare, and what can remain personal - and The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Association of British Insurers have decided to launch a campaign to provide clarity... Read more

Zika virus and your policy: What you need to know

PLEASE NOTE: INFORMATION ONLY APPLIES TO UK POLICIES. The outbreak of the Zika virus has led to many passengers feeling unsure about travelling. The infection, which is spread by mosquito bites, causes symptoms including mild fever, conjunctivitis and headaches. It has already been found in 21 cou... Read more

World Malaria Day: What is it, and how can you avoid catching it?

Here's the lowdown on the killer disease that around 2,000 UK travellers contract every year. What is malaria? Malaria is a serious tropical disease spread by mosquitoes; it can be fatal if not caught and treated in time. Those infected are dealing with a parasite in their blood; an intermittent f... Read more

Questions about holiday insurance for the over-65s

We love to hear from over 65s who want to insure their holiday with us - it’s great to see older people planning the trip of a lifetime. You may have some questions about how your age affects your policy; we’ve answered some of the most common ones below. If you have any other questions, please giv... Read more

Travellers may be asked for credit card instead of EHIC card, warns EU Commission

Some Columbus Direct customers have experienced issues using EHIC cards in SpainLondon 31 May 2013 – A year ago this month, Columbus Direct warned British travellers that the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) card may not be enough to cover their medical expenses if they fall ill in countries su... Read more

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office reveals its silliest requests

Can you recommend a Scottish chef in Brussels who can make haggis? How do I adjust my antenna to receive English TV channels in Italy? Can you find me cheap flights to New Zealand? These are just some of the recent enquiries the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has received from around the world. ... Read more

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