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Columbus Direct travel insurance kiosks launched at Gatwick Airport

If you’re heading away on your holidays soon and you’re flying from Gatwick’s South Terminal, you may spot a familiar face as you wait for your flight. For the next three months, Columbus Direct will be selling travel insurance from new kiosks in the airport’s main atrium - so if you've forgotten t... Read more

The FCO reveals why you should always take out travel insurance

What exactly can you expect if you go on holiday without any travel insurance? You're effectively playing a game of chance. Yes, there's every likelihood that you'll be fine, and you'll come home unscathed. But what if the worst happens? You could face issues getting home due to missed flights, cr... Read more

Brit tourist unable to be repatriated due to invalid travel insurance

The body of a 59-year-old father of six who died suddenly on holiday is ‘stuck’ in Spain, as his travel insurance has been deemed invalid.Thomas Owens was insured by StaySure, but the company are apparently refusing to repatriate his body as he failed to disclose he had a heart condition when bookin... Read more

Travel insurance ad aims to scare people into buying cover

A new advert has been launched in Australia that aims to 'frighten people' into buying travel insurance. Backed by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, in association with the Choice Guide to Travel Insurance, the unusual ad chooses to personify the 'risk' uninsured people face as a large, int... Read more

Council benefits officer jailed for £88k travel insurance fraud

A council benefits officer who lied to insurers 28 times, claiming poor health meant he’d had to cancel his holiday, was jailed for two years last week at Leicester Crown Court. Between 2007 and 2011, Umesh Gordhan took out travel insurance policies that covered holiday cancellations with multiple ... Read more

Student travel insurance: What you need to know before you leave

You’re off on holiday! Excellent news. You don’t need us to tell you that you’re going to have a fantastic time. The world is yours for the taking, and travel’s a great way to relax while you study. The trip’s bound to be fun, inspiring, and hugely exciting – especially if it’s your first time away.... Read more

British woman highlights dangers of travel without travel insurance

A British woman whose travel insurance didn’t cover her is effectively ‘trapped’ in the US after falling ill abroad. Denise Griggi, 63, was rushed to hospital shortly after landing in the US due to early stage congestive heart failure. Her condition has been stabilised and she is recovering alongs... Read more

Foreign Travel Insurance: Caution and Common Sense for Holidays in Portugal

There’s a freedom in Portugal that infiltrates your senses and gives you tingles. Strolling from Unesco world heritage sites, challenging hiking trails, some of Europe’s finest beaches, medieval houses, Roman temples, through Moorish alleys, Portugal has it all bathed in year-round sunshine. What is... Read more

Columbus Direct shortlisted for Travel Insurance Provider of the Year Award

It gives us great pleasure to announce that we have been shortlisted for the Travel Insurance Provider of the Year Award in The Consumer Moneyfacts Survey ! According to MoneyFacts Group, Columbus Direct, "is shortlisted because its products are technically amongst the best in their field". Now you... 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

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