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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

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

20% of Britons fail to take out travel insurance

According to the 2011 ABTA Consumer Trends survey, nearly 20% of travellers and 37% of all trips taken in 2011 were uninsured, with Brits deciding that 56% of domestic holidays did not need any insurance protection. The survey also revealed that 26% of travellers in Europe believe the European Heal... Read more

Just so you know, the FCO is not directory enquiries

Recent enquiries received by Foreign & Commonwealth Office staff in Spain include a request for Phil Collins’ telephone number, and a man reportedly asked staff to contact his dominatrix after she had left him stranded at the airport The Foreign & Commonwealth Office is attempting to remind... 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

Olympics cause 40% of Brits to delay summer holidays

Two out of five people are juggling their holidays because of the games One in ten have decided against a foreign holiday London 16 July 2012 – With just a couple of weeks to go until the London Olympics, travel insurance specialist Columbus Direct has found that many Brits are planning their ... Read more

Chemmy Alcott Interview - What's Next?

As a proud sponsor of Chemmy Alcott we were thrilled to watch her race at Sochi, her fourth Olympics, and place 19th. To come back from a leg break in August and perform so well for Team GB in February is a prime example of a strong women who just does not give up. So we can't imagine she preparing ... Read more

Help Columbus make a difference this Christmas

This Christmas, we’re joining with both Rainbow Trust children’s charity and Crisis, who work with homeless people, to raise vital funds at what can be a difficult time of year for those in need. We’re inviting you to help us make a difference, by making sure we reach our target of £1,000 for each c... Read more

Holiday nightmares and how to avoid them

From dealing with travel sickness to knowing how and when to get in touch with the British Embassy, if something goes wrong on your trip, knowing what to do can save you time and stress. We've compiled a set of simple tips and tricks to keep you happy, safe and well. Ignore them at your peril. M... Read more

Oklahoma tornado: Dozens killed in Moore

21 May 2013 Last updated at 07:08 GMTAt least 91 people, including 20 children, are feared killed by a huge tornado which tore through Oklahoma City suburbs, officials in the US state say.Worst hit was Moore, south of the city, where neighbourhoods were flattened and schools destroyed by winds of up... Read more

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