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Tunisia attacks: What you need to know, and what your insurance covers

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have amended their advice to say that no travel should take place to Tunisia unless essential. Read their latest travel advice here. Currently tour operators are flying customers home, and cancelling further trips to Tunisia. Airlines are also engaged in b... Read more

The strangest insurance requests from the archives

We've been trawling through the archives (as you do - at the time of writing, it was a Thursday afternoon), and we've found these gems from 2006. Columbus have been providing travel insurance since 1988, and cover around one million customers a year, so it’s not surprising that over the years that ... Read more

Travelling with pre-existing conditions: What do you need to know?

Travelling with a condition shouldn’t stop you from seeing the sights. Why should you miss out on France’s vineyards, shopping in Berlin, or seeing the majestic Taj Mahal? You have the chance to enjoy everything that the world has to offer, and feeling confident and secure is a huge part of being ab... Read more

A fifth of people withhold information on home insurance applications

Scandalous new research by Gocompare.com has found that almost one in five UK householders has embellished the truth or withheld information when applying for home insurance. You naughty, naughty lot.You might think that you're saving some cash by fibbing - over half of the people interviewed said t... Read more

Columbus Wins Best Online Travel Insurance Provider 2014 award

We are proud to announce that Columbus Direct has won a prestigious Your Money award – Best Online Travel Insurance Provider 2014. This is the second time we have won the award, the last time being in 2012. Now in their 17th year, the Your Money Awards are the longest standing awards in the industry... Read more

Motorway insurance scam scuppered by on-board camera

A thoughtless motorist who careered over three lanes of traffic and swerved in front of a lorry driver has had their claim for four whiplash settlements exposed as fraud thanks to a dashboard camera.The lorry's on-board device, made by Smart Witness, captured the incident on the M25, and showed a dr... 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

Columbus Wins 5-Stars for Outstanding Value Travel Insurance

Columbus Direct has won the highest star rating for international travel insurance in an extensive 2011 travel insurance survey by independent ratings agency, CANSTAR CANNEX. CANSTAR CANNEX says the award acknowledges Columbus Direct’s outstanding value in the international travel insurance categor... Read more

Holiday insurance FAQs for people travelling alone

There’s a lot to be said for hitting the road alone. You’re free to make your own choices. You can choose where and when you eat, sleep and stay; it’s an empowering way to travel. Found a new destination you’d like to see? Just pack up, buy your ticket and move on. Now, imagine getting to the airpo... 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

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