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How does the Greek economic crisis affect your travel insurance?

**Please note - the FCO no longer advise taking euros in cash to cover the entire duration of your stay; however there are still restrictions on some banking services in Greece. Click here for more information.** The economic crisis in Greece may be causing holidaymakers a lot of worry - what does ... Read more

EHIC card may not cover Brits who fall ill in struggling euro countries

Columbus Direct has warned British travellers that the EHIC card may not be enough to cover the medical expenses if they fall ill in countries such as Greece and Spain, due to these countries' failing economies.With 26% of British travellers in Europe believing the European Health Insurance Card (EH... Read more

How will the Greek financial crisis affect your holiday and travel insurance?

**Please note - the FCO no longer advise taking euros in cash to cover the entire duration of your stay; however there are still restrictions on some banking services in Greece. Click here for more information.** The troubling events in Greece have prompted many holidaymakers to worry about their u... Read more

Low-cost Spanish airline Spanair collapses

TravelMole.com has today reported the collapse of Low-cost Spanish airline Spanair. The Barcelona-based airline has ceased operations leading to 647 flight cancellations and leaving more than 20,000 passengers stranded. UK low cost airlines, EasyJet and Ryanair are both offering options to passeng... Read more

Airbnb Vs Hotel – pros and cons

Airbnb or hotel? It’s a question many travellers ask. Each have their pros and cons, so how do you decide on which one to choose when travelling? Airbnb has had its fair share of controversy with wayward tenants occasionally trashing homes and engaging in illegal activities - but try finding a hote... Read more

Job confidence leads to more Brits making time for holidays

It looks like we're ending the year on a high, as recent research has suggested that Brits' confidence in their job security has led to a boom in holiday bookings. This is just one of the positive findings in the latest Holiday Confidence Index from First Rate Exchange Services. According to the s... 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

Grab a bargain - not more than you bargained for

Do you know the real cost of having no insurance? As British nationals look to bag a European bargain break this year due to favourable exchange rates, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is urging holidaymakers to be better prepared for trips abroad. Travelling abroad uninsured can cost thousands... Read more

Argentina and Chile order evacuation of Copahue volcano

Residents living near Copahue were also evacuated last year after the volcano eruptedChile and Argentina have ordered the evacuation of some 3,000 people living near the Copahue volcano in the south of their shared border. The authorities in both countries issued a red alert - the highest possible -... 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

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