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Chikungunya virus: What you need to know

There has been an outbreak of the Chikungunya virus in the Caribbean. The mosquito-borne virus, which has no preventative vaccine, was reported for the first time in December 2013 in Saint Martin. It is now prevalent throughout the islands, including areas such as Antigua, the Bahamas, Barbados, S... 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

What you need to know about Ebola and travel

Please note: If you've got any questions about your travel insurance and how Ebola might affect your journey, tweet us @Columbus_Direct with your questions.Passengers arriving in the UK from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will have their temperatures tested for suspected Ebola at Heathrow terminal... Read more

How to stay safe when visiting 2015’s hottest destinations

Heading abroad this year? Make sure you read this first. We've taken a look at some of the potential risks associated with the top destinations for 2015, listed in ABTA’s latest Travel Trends Report. However, before we begin assessing the risks, what are the top travel destinations for 2015? Aust... Read more

The in-flight films no airline should ever show

There's some in-flight entertainment that nobody should have to sit through. Repeat offenders include Ice Age (please don't try and defend it by referencing the squirrel and the nut, that argument carries absolutely no water), the desperately unfunny Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo and, for some obscure ... Read more