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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

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office reveals its silliest requests

Can you recommend a Scottish chef in Brussels who can make haggis? How do I adjust my antenna to receive English TV channels in Italy? Can you find me cheap flights to New Zealand? These are just some of the recent enquiries the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has received from around the world. ... Read more

Advice for our customers who are currently in France, or planning on travelling to France

After the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, November 13, you may have some questions regarding travel to France and how you’re covered if you’re in the French capital. We would advise all travellers to heed the following guidelines: Travellers in France should remain vigilant and avoid public ... Read more

Columbus to the rescue! Two customers tell us how we saved the day

As you know, we’re in the business of taking care of you and your family if something goes awry when you’re abroad. And we’re good at it. We’ve been protecting travellers since 1988, and we’ve made sure that you can have access to the support and cover you need while you’re travelling. However, don... Read more

New Zealand travel insurance: Here’s what you need to know

If you’re just about to jet off to New Zealand, we’ll openly admit to feeling envious. It’s a lush, exciting, friendly place with great food and plenty of things to do. From taking a ride in an aerobatic plane to swimming with dolphins, sharing the beach with penguins (we’re not joking - Google it) ... Read more

Holiday to-do list: 10 questions to ask yourself before you fly

Preparing for a holiday can be exciting, but it’s also vital that you focus on the task at hand and make sure you’re totally prepared for your trip. Here’s a useful guide to tying up and loose ends before you go - from holiday insurance to packing like a pro, here are ten things you need to know. 1... Read more

Save your Valentine’s trip for after Valentine’s Day

It’s one of the biggest events in the calendar, with just under half of the UK population spending an estimated1 accrued £1.3 billion on cards, flowers and gifts for their valentines. Some couples even spread their “Cupid” wings and celebrate Valentine’s Day by whisking their loved one away for a lo... Read more

London to Amsterdam in a flash with Eurostar

In times gone by, your only option to visit the sand dunes and windmills in The Netherlands from the UK, was by air or boat. But now, Eurostar1 are throwing their hat in to the ring with the announcement of twice-daily trains between London St. Pancras International and Amsterdam. The cross-channel... Read more

Ski Insurance and Winter Sports FAQs

Purchasing insurance for your winter sports holiday and have a niggling question? This blog will outline some of the most asked questions across a few categories, and provide information on how to access more details. You’ve got to always look after number one, so when purchasing travel insurance f... Read more

What to take and wear for your first skiing trip

Going skiing for the first time can be quite a daunting experience. There’s a lot of equipment that you need to have in place for your trip, and it might take a few tries to get the basics right. If you’re planning out your first ski holiday, then you’ll want to make sure that you’re fully prepared... Read more

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