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Be safe on the slopes

Columbus Direct is one of over 500 travel industry partners that supports of the FCO’s Know Before You Go campaign, whose aim is to help Brits to stay safe and healthy abroad. And with the ski season in full flow, the Know Before You Go team has sent us the results of a recent survey of winte... Read more

Travel warning: Strikes in Germany, India and Spain

People travelling to Germany, India and Spain are strongly recommended to check with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office before setting off on their journey. Germany Strike action at Frankfurt Airport is expected to cause severe delays and cancellations until Thursday, 1st March, as up to quarte... Read more

LBGT couples urged to research honeymoon destinations

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office is encouraging LGB&T couples going on honeymoons overseas to choose their destination with care after new research suggested that less than half of LGB&T people investigate whether an area is LGB&T-friendly when planning a honeymoon abroad.The survey... 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

Mules are fools - Brits urged to consider the consequences of drug crimes

New advice from the FCO has hammered home the message that being a drugs mule is, well, utterly bonkers. Every year, Brits are putting themselves at risk of arrest or imprisonment for drug-related offending. There has been an increase in arrests over the past year, and the Foreign and Commonwealth ... Read more

Important information for travellers regarding the terrorist attack in Tunisia

Tunisia had over 400,000 visits from Brits last year, so the recent terrorist attack at the Bardo museum in the country’s capital city of Tunis on March 18 is likely to have concerned you if you’re travelling there soon. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are currently advising against trave... Read more

Know before you go

In June this year, 28 British and Irish holidaymakers enjoying a night at a Brit-owned bar in Portugal were arrested for playing bingo – in line with the country’s strict laws on unlicensed gambling.  Even though they were playing for the prize of biscuits and drinks rather than cash prizes, the l... Read more

Do you really know what your insurance covers?

It's all very well buying travel insurance - but if you don't know what it covers, you could be in trouble. We've been working with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to remind our customers of the importance of keeping up to date with travel advice and understanding what their travel insu... Read more

A third of Brits don’t have the right cover for their winter sports holiday

Hands up if you’re looking forward to hitting the slopes this winter? We’re as excited as you are about getting to grips with the pistes and enjoying some much-needed time away, but there’s one thing we don’t forget to check - our travel insurance policy. A new study by ABTA, working in partnership... 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

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