Roman Imperial Forum in Rome, Italy, Europe, built from 29 BC to 2019 AD

Europe Travel Insurance

Europe is a diverse continent boasting spectacular natural scenery, varied cultures and an epic history – not to mention mouth-watering gastronomy. You can experience a true Pizza Napolitana in Campania, explore Norway’s fabulous fjords and drink in exquisite Islamic heritage in the Alhambra Palace in Southern Spain.

If beaches are what you’re looking for, Greece and its myriad of surrounding islands offer unspoiled golden sand backed by dramatic coastlines. For those looking for an adrenaline fue there’s no place like the French Alps – a world famous ski area during the winter season, and a haven for almost every other outdoor pursuit in the summer. That’s just the start! We’ve highlighted our favourite European destinations here.

The best bit is that for Brits most of these destinations can be reached in just a few hours by plane, train or even car. However, despite the relative ease with which we can reach our favourite spots in Europe, travel insurance is still a must. At Columbus Direct we cover all parts of Europe, including the Canary Islands, Russia, Greece and Turkey. Make sure to follow our tips and advice so that you can enjoy a stress-free trip.

If I have an EHIC card do I need travel insurance?

Yes! It’s definitely worth getting an EHIC, which entitles you to the same level of state-provided medical care as the residents of the country you are visiting, but beware it won’t cover the cost of repatriation. Given that free medical treatment doesn’t include transport home, travel insurance is essential so check that your policy covers emergency transport home as this cost can quickly add up.

As part of any travel insurance policy, Columbus Direct provides free medical advice and access to a GP any time day or night directly from a mobile phone in partnership with Babylon, the UK’s leading digital healthcare service

Health services in Europe vary from country to country, so make sure to acquaint yourself with the local procedures in case of a medical emergency. 

Cover for travel arrangements

Whatever mode of transport that you choose to reach your European destination, Columbus Direct provides cover for missed departure and compensation if your coach, train, flight or sea crossing is unexpectedly cancelled or cut short. We also offer our customers free airport lounge access if their flight is delayed for more than one hour 1

Lost baggage

The stress of watching the digital scales at the check-in desk rise to a decimal point within the airline weight allowance doesn’t compare to the stress of your luggage not arriving with you at your destination. Usually it’s just the luggage carousel playing mind games with you before it chucks out your suitcase last, but if your luggage is delayed Columbus Direct have got you covered should the worst happen 2.  Check what your policy covers before buying it though, as you don’t want to be stuck without luggage.

What are the risks of travelling to Europe?

Europe is generally a safe place to visit, but every destination comes with its own risks. Being vigilant and following the advice of local authorities can help to lessen the risk and keep you safe while on holiday. The UK government outlines and updates the risks associated with specific regions on a regular basis here: so make sure you familiarise yourself before jetting off.

Travel with Confidence with Columbus Direct

With 30 years of experience, we know what you need from your travel insurance. You can travel with peace of mind, knowing we’re here for you and your family with cover for everything from lost baggage and flight delays, to stolen items and medical bills while you are on holiday3

GET A QUOTE AND SAVE 10% NOW

Terms and conditions apply:

If you purchase travel insurance online you will receive a 10% discount off the price of standard cover.

Discounts do not apply to any additional medical conditions or policy options requiring an additional premium payment.

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 Terms and Conditions 

(1) Policyholder needs to register their flight for free airport lounge access in the event of a delay of one hour or more. All accompanying members must be named on the policy to gain lounge access. View terms and conditions here

(2) Available with silver and gold policy only

(3) Available with silver and gold policy only