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Travel Insurance After the Istanbul Bombing

The terrorist bombing of a tourist area in Istanbul, Turkey may cause concerns among travelers with upcoming trips to the destination. Squaremouth, a leading travel insurance website, answers the top three questions about travel insurance coverage related to the Istanbul bombing.

Am I covered to cancel my upcoming trip to Istanbul?

On Tuesday, January 12, the U.S. Department of State officially declared the Istanbul bombing an act of terrorism. This means travelers who purchased a travel insurance policy prior to January 12 may be able to cancel an upcoming trip to Istanbul, depending on their policy's coverage.

In order for a travelers to be covered to cancel their trip and receive a refund, travel insurance policies typically require that the terrorist attack occur in or near a city on their itinerary, and occur within 7-30 days of the their departure date.

Can I still buy travel insurance for a future trip to Istanbul?

It is too late to purchase travel insurance with coverage for the recent bombing in Istanbul. However, travelers can still purchase policies for cancellation coverage in the event there is a future attack.

"Some policies may exclude coverage for another terrorist attack in the same city within a certain period of time, typically 30-90 days," said Squaremouth CEO Chris Harvey. "This means there may be some policies that will not provide coverage if another attack occurs in Istanbul soon after the bombing."

What if I'm afraid to travel?

While most Trip Cancellation policies include Terrorism coverage, an event must meet the policy's definition of terrorism in order for it to be covered. Canceling out of fear never meets this definition.

The only option for travelers who want the option to cancel out of fear, is to purchase a policy with the Cancel For Any Reason upgrade. Policies with this benefit allow travelers to cancel their trips for an otherwise uncovered reason, including fear. However, with this increased coverage comes an increased price tag and requirements.

The Cancel For Any Reason upgrade requires travelers insure their entire trip cost, and is only available if purchased within 14-30 days of a traveler's initial trip deposit. Cancel For Any Reason will only reimburse up to 75% of trip costs, and travelers must cancel within at least 2-3 days of their departure date.

Squaremouth has launched the Istanbul Bombing and Travel Insurance Information Center to keep travelers up-to-date with travel insurance coverage related to the Istanbul bombing. This online resource is updated with official provider position statements, answers to frequently asked questions, and current government travel alerts and notices related to the bombing in Istanbul.

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Travel Warning Tunisia: Gunmen Attack 2 Tourist Hotels In Tunisia

Gunmen attacked the Imperial Hotel and Hotel Club Riu Bellevue at Port El Kantaoui, near Sousse, earlier today. 28 people have been reported killed and injured. A British Embassy crisis team is on its way to the area.

Some attackers may still be at large. Any British nationals in these hotels or nearby should remain indoors, and contact their tour operator and the Foreign Office on the hotline number below. For security reasons they should not advertise their location on social media or when speaking to journalists.

Two gunmen armed with Kalashnikov rifles reportedly penetrated a private beach area and opened fire.

FCO Hotline number: +44 (0)207 008 0000

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:

  • the Chaambi Mountain National Park area
  • the Tunisia-Algeria border crossing points at Ghardimaou, Hazoua and Sakiet Sidi Youssef
  • the militarized zone south of, but not including, the towns of El Borma and Dhehiba
  • within 5km of the Libya border area from north of Dhehiba up to but not including the Ras Ajdir border crossing

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:

  • areas south of, and including, the towns of Nefta, Douz, Médenine, Zarzis (including the Tunisia-Libya border crossing point at Ras Ajdir)
  • within 30km of the border with Algeria south of, and including, the town of Jendouba (this area includes the archaeological sites of Bulla Regia and Chemtou)
  • the governorate of Kasserine, including the town of Sbeitla

If you travel to the interior of Tunisia, you should do so with a reputable tour guide.

There is a high threat from terrorism, including kidnapping. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. 

A terrorist attack took place at the Bardo museum in the centre of Tunis on 18 March. A number of people were killed, including a British national. Further attacks are possible. You should be especially vigilant at this time and follow the advice of Tunisian security authorities and your tour operator.

424,707 British nationals visited Tunisia in 2014. Most British tourists stay in the coastal resorts and most visits are trouble free.

In the resort areas, the dress code is much like any European city or tourist area. In other parts of the country you should dress more modestly.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling to Tunisia.

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Belgium Travel Advice: Take Out Comprehensive Travel And Medical Insurance Before You Travel

Up to 1.8 million British nationals visit Belgium every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. If you need to contact the emergency services in Belgium call 112.

Theft and pick pocketing is a problem in crowded areas.

Take care of your belongings and passports at all train stations in Brussels. 

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Technical Assistance

Technical Assistance

You may be a frequent flyer business traveler, student, leisure or medical health tourist considering the Expat Life. Perhaps you are already established as a Expat living far from home on distant shores. Where ever you are now, understanding Technical Assistance requirements is vital to a safe, risk free Global Expatriate Life. Accidents do happen and when you least expect them.

Insuring you have the right type of Technical Assistance will mean, should anything untoward happen, you will not be faced with a large medical bill, or even worse, insufficient or no medical care.

Expats searching the internet to source, compare and select the best Technical Assistance for Overseas Assignments, Travel Abroad and Student Travel Programs are now covered by International Private Medical Insurance Magazines Online Technical Assistance company and plan guide.

Get the lowdown on who's who and which Technical Assistance companies you should trust with your life. Since 2009 International Private Medical Insurance Magazine has been providing mission critical news and information about Technical Assistance to individual expatriates, expat groups, expatriate employers and Expat Health Insurance brokers and intermediaries. It is important to fully understand Technical Assistance requirements before you travel and insure you select the right and most appropriate Technical Assistance plan and cover for leisure, business, educational or health travel purposes.

Technical Assistance and Expatriate Healthcare Insurance and Healthcare comes in all shapes and sizes so be sure to do a complete comparison of the Technical Assistance plan, costs and fine print.

Make sure your Technical Assistance plan covers you for costs relating to repatriation, emergency evacuation, medical and non medical transport services by ground ambulance or air ambulance.

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Medical Assistance

Medical Assistance

You may be a frequent flyer business traveler, student, leisure or medical health tourist considering the Expat Life. Perhaps you are already established as a Expat living far from home on distant shores. Where ever you are now, understanding Medical assistance requirements is vital to a safe, risk free Global Expatriate Life. Accidents do happen and when you least expect them.

Insuring you have the right type of Medical assistance will mean, should anything untoward happen, you will not be faced with a large medical bill, or even worse, insufficient or no medical care.

Expats searching the internet to source, compare and select the best Medical assistance for Overseas Assignments, Travel Abroad and Student Travel Programs are now covered by International Private Medical Insurance Magazines Online Medical assistance company and plan guide. Get the lowdown on who's who and which Medical assistance companies you should trust with your life. Since 2009 International Private Medical Insurance Magazine has been providing mission critical news and information about Medical assistance to individual expatriates, expat groups, expatriate employers and Expat Health Insurance brokers and intermediaries.

It is important to fully understand Medical assistance requirements before you travel and insure you select the right and most appropriate Medical assistance plan and cover for leisure, business, educational or health travel purposes. Medical assistance and Expatriate Healthcare Insurance and Healthcare comes in all shapes and sizes so be sure to do a complete comparison of the Medical assistance plan, costs and fine print. Make sure your Medical assistance plan covers you for costs relating to repatriation, emergency evacuation, medical and non medical transport services by ground ambulance or air ambulance.

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Roadside Assistance

Roadside Assistance

You may be a frequent flyer business traveler, student, leisure or medical health tourist considering the Expat Life. Perhaps you are already established as a Expat living far from home on distant shores. Where ever you are now, understanding Roadside assistance requirements is vital to a safe, risk free Global Expatriate Life. Accidents do happen and when you least expect them.

Insuring you have the right type of Roadside assistance will mean, should anything untoward happen, you will not be faced with a large medical bill, or even worse, insufficient or no medical care.

Expats searching the internet to source, compare and select the best Roadside assistance for Overseas Assignments, Travel Abroad and Student Travel Programs are now covered by International Private Medical Insurance Magazines Online Roadside assistance company and plan guide. Get the lowdown on who's who and which Roadside assistance companies you should trust with your life.

Since 2009 International Private Medical Insurance Magazine has been providing mission critical news and information about Roadside assistance to individual expatriates, expat groups, expatriate employers and Expat Health Insurance brokers and intermediaries. It is important to fully understand Roadside assistance requirements before you travel and insure you select the right and most appropriate Roadside assistance plan and cover for leisure, business, educational or health travel purposes.

Roadside assistance comes in all shapes and sizes so be sure to do a complete comparison of the Roadside assistance plan, costs and fine print. Make sure your Roadside assistance plan covers you for costs relating to repatriation, emergency evacuation, medical and non medical transport services by ground ambulance or air ambulance.

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Legal Assistance

Legal Assistance

You may be a frequent flyer business traveler, student, leisure or medical health tourist considering the Expat Life. Perhaps you are already established as a Expat living far from home on distant shores.

Where ever you are now, understanding Legal assistance requirements is vital to a safe, risk free Global Expatriate Life. Accidents do happen and when you least expect them.

Insuring you have the right type of Legal assistance will mean, should anything untoward happen, you will not be faced with a large medical bill, or even worse, insufficient or no medical care.

Expats searching the internet to source, compare and select the best Legal assistance for Overseas Assignments, Travel Abroad and Student Travel Programs are now covered by International Private Medical Insurance Magazines Online Legal assistance company and plan guide. Get the lowdown on who's who and which Legal assistance companies you should trust with your life. Since 2009 International Private Medical Insurance Magazine has been providing mission critical news and information about Legal assistance to individual expatriates, expat groups, expatriate employers and Expat Health Insurance brokers and intermediaries. It is important to fully understand Legal assistance requirements before you travel and insure you select the right and most appropriate Legal assistance plan and cover for leisure, business, educational or health travel purposes.

Legal assistance and Expatriate Healthcare Insurance and Healthcare comes in all shapes and sizes so be sure to do a complete comparison of the Legal assistance plan, costs and fine print. Make sure your Legal assistance plan covers you for costs relating to repatriation, emergency evacuation, medical and non medical transport services by ground ambulance or air ambulance.

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International Assistance

International Assistance

You may be a frequent flyer business traveler, student, leisure or medical health tourist considering the Expat Life. Perhaps you are already established as a Expatriate living far from home on distant shores. Where ever you are now, understanding International Assistance requirements is vital to a safe, risk free Global Expatriate Life. Accidents do happen and when you least expect them.

Insuring you have the right type of International Assistance will mean, should anything untoward happen, you will not be faced with a large medical bill, or even worse, insufficient or no medical care.

Expats searching the internet to source, compare and select the best International Assistance for Overseas Assignments, Travel Abroad and Student Travel Programs are now covered by International Private Medical Insurance Magazines Online International Assistance company and plan guide. Get the lowdown on who's who and which International Assistance companies you should trust with your life.

Since 2009 International Private Medical Insurance Magazine has been providing mission critical news and information about International Assistance to individual expatriates, expat groups, expatriate employers and Expat Health Insurance brokers and intermediaries. It is important to fully understand Travel Assistance requirements before you travel and insure you select the right and most appropriate Travel Assistance plan and cover for leisure, business, educational or health travel purposes.

International Assistance comes in all shapes and sizes so be sure to do a complete comparison of the International Assistance plan, costs and fine print. Make sure your International Assistance plan covers you for costs relating to repatriation, emergency evacuation, medical and non medical transport services by ground ambulance or air ambulance.

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Travel Assistance

Travel Assistance

You may be a frequent flyer business traveler, student, leisure or medical health tourist considering the Expat Life. Perhaps you are already established as a Expat living far from home on distant shores. Where ever you are now, understanding Travel Assistance requirements is vital to a safe, risk free Global Expatriate Life. Accidents do happen and when you least expect them.

Insuring you have the right type of Travel Assistance will mean, should anything untoward happen, you will not be faced with a large medical bill, or even worse, insufficient or no medical care.

Expats searching the internet to source, compare and select the best Travel Assistance for Overseas Assignments, Travel Abroad and Student Travel Programs are now covered by International Private Medical Insurance Magazines Online Travel Assistance company and plan guide. Get the lowdown on who's who and which Travel Assistance companies you should trust with your life.

Since 2009 International Private Medical Insurance Magazine has been providing mission critical news and information about Travel Assistance to individual expatriates, expat groups, expatriate employers and Expat Health Insurance brokers and intermediaries. It is important to fully understand Travel Assistance requirements before you travel and insure you select the right and most appropriate Travel Assistance plan and cover for leisure, business, educational or health travel purposes.

Travel Assistance and Expatriate Healthcare Insurance and Healthcare comes in all shapes and sizes so be sure to do a complete comparison of the Travel Assistance plan, costs and fine print. Make sure your Travel Assistance plan covers you for costs relating to repatriation, emergency evacuation, medical and non medical transport services by ground ambulance or air ambulance.

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International Medical Insurance For Travelers

International Medical Insurance For Travelers

You may be a business traveler, student studying abroad, an expatriate, leisure or medical health tourist searching to source, compare and select the best International Medical Insurance For Travelers. Since 2009 International Private Medical Insurance Magazine has been providing mission critical information about International Medical Insurance For Travelers to individuals, groups, corporate clients, brokers and intermediaries.

It is important to fully understand International Medical Insurance requirements before you travel and insure you select the right and most appropriate health and medical insurance plan for leisure, business, educational or health travel purposes.

International Medical Insurance For Travelers comes in all shapes and sizes so be sure to do a complete comparison of the health insurance company, plan, costs and fine print.

Make you are covered for costs for repatriation, emergency evacuation and non medical transport by ground ambulance or air ambulance.

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