Protect yourself and your family on your holiday against the risks associated with travel. We have teamed up with Columbus Direct to offer travel insurance at great prices. Columbus Direct is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA). Visit FSA.gov.uk for more information.
If you go on holiday more than 3 times a year, you could save money by purchasing an annual policy.
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) medical system is not (and was never meant to be) a substitute for a comprehensive travel insurance policy. EHIC can provide free or reduced cost treatment only in European Economic Area countries (EEA). Remember to check the expiry date of your EHIC.
However, only state-provided treatment is covered with this - and this may not cover all of the things that you would expect to receive free of charge on the NHS. Result is travellers are left with a large percentage of their medical bill.
"Know Before You Go" (KBYG) is an ongoing campaign with over 300 travel industry partners, including Flightline, to help Brits to stay safe and healthy abroad.
Remember to check the FCO website or call the travel advice line (0845 850 2829) before you go to make an informed decision about your destination and your safety abroad.
You can find updates on vital information from security threats to political unrest, natural disasters to epidemics, as well as country specific travel advice and the "don't go" places.
If you require insurance, please ensure you have a policy which is up to date, valid for the entire holiday and covers everyone who is travelling. Check you are covered for all the activities you want to do, including any dangerous sports, and that it covers all your luggage and equipment, personal injury as a result of terrorist activity, and legal costs. You should also look carefully at exemptions to the insurance policy, including any relating to pre-existing medical conditions, or alcohol and drugs.
Anyone travelling within the European Economic Area or Switzerland should also get a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which entitles you to some reduced or free emergency care.