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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

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

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 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

Aussie travel insurers reveal their strangest requests

They say that truth is stranger than fiction, and these Aussie insurers appear to have upped the bar with these hair-raising claims. Allianz Global Assistance, who insure Australians and New Zealanders, have revealed their weirdest-ever claims. This list will make you look differently at activities... Read more

The best places to travel to for an Autumn holiday

Autumn isn’t always the most popular time of year for travellers, despite there being plenty of beautiful locations and fun activities to experience. The period between September and November can also be a cheaper time for people to go on holiday, and there are still plenty of warm areas that you c... Read more

Columbus nominated as Best Travel Insurance Provider

At a time when the financial sector is under the spotlight perhaps more than ever before, the Consumer Moneyfacts Awards showcase the very best financial sector products available to the public. The awards are a combination of honest customer feedback and an assessment of the products technical mer... Read more

How will the Greek financial crisis affect your holiday and travel insurance?

**Please note - the FCO no longer advise taking euros in cash to cover the entire duration of your stay; however there are still restrictions on some banking services in Greece. Click here for more information.** The troubling events in Greece have prompted many holidaymakers to worry about their u... Read more

Travel to the Ends of the Earth for National Parks week

Nature is awakening and spring is here. This Easter coincides with the start of National Parks Week in the US (20th-28th April) and the closing weekend of the Discover National Parks fortnight here in the UK (6th-20th April). Here are four absolute jaw-droppers from all four corners of the earth to... Read more

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

Brazil’s popularity as a holiday destination continues to grow rapidly, as the hosts of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Rio Olympics, and record numbers of tourists have visited over the past 10 years. From golden sands to stunning lagoons and mountain forests, even a casual walk out of the cities will... Read more

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