Planning for Overseas Holidays? What About ?

Holiday season is on the cards. So, are you going to travel abroad this time? If yes, then do not miss in any case. The rates have gone dirt cheap and you can easily get a good level of coverage at the payment of a few hundred rupees. Yes, that’s true.

Sample this: A plan of USD 50,000 for a trip to Australia, Belgium or Malaysia can be taken in just Rs 397. Royal Sundaram, India’s leading general insurance company, is providing this facility at such a low cost.

The rates of premium are more or less the same for several countries other than the United States (US) and Canada. But even for the US and Canada, you can get a plan of USD 50,000 in just Rs 600.

If you double the coverage to USD 1,00,000, you just need to pay Rs 150 extra. That’s the kind of benefit, general insurance companies are providing to you these days.

Thanks to the highly competitive yet healthy environment created by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) that general insurance plans in India have become so affordable.

There was a time when travelling to foreign countries was so mind boggling. Many countries are notorious for theft and loot. People lose their luggage during the travel and end up facing several issues.

But with , you can easily secure yourself and your belongings. The peace of mind comes with a cost and that cost has gone negligible. So, why to ignore it and travel without insurance?

There are incidents wherein people have lost their laptops from their side. Recently, a sales director of a consulting company was travelling to Switzerland lost his bag carrying expensive camera, cash, etc. from the airport. That was truly shocking to him. The bag could not be traced by the airlines and the police, and he had to suffer a loss to the tune of Rs 1 lakh. Alas, he did not buy this time.

Every time, he bought and since nothing unfortunate happened, this time he decided to save some money and forget about insurance.

This can be tempting to a lot of people. But remember that unfortunate incidents do not come calling. You have to stay alert and conscious. There are many things, which are not under your control. Loss of baggage is one of those risks. Thus, it is advisable to take general insurance each time and every time. There should not be any second thought about it.

Especially, during the holiday season from March to September, airports deal with excessive number of people and things tend to go wrong. You may be lucky sometimes but even if something happens even a single time, then several times of what you saved by not buying can be lost in a few moments.

It is better to be pound wise and penny foolish, than the other way around. Isn’t it?

These days, all online travel portals offer you plans on buying tickets from them. But no worries, in case you skip buying it from them or buy through any other mode. You can buy plans online, in a few minutes. It is very easy and fast. You can even buy it at the last moment – at the airport or from within the cab while travelling to the airport.

Things That Might Not Covered by Your

Holiday season is coming, and some of you might already have planned how and where to spend this relaxing moment with your family. So prepare your holiday well, choose a trusted and reliable travel agent to arrange your trip, decide wisely where to go and what to do on your destination, prepare your travel documents and things to bring on your trip, and of course, in order to avoid your holiday turned into a disaster, you will need a as a protection.

is one of the most important instruments on your holiday, so you better choose your insurance carrier wisely when you decide to buy one. Shop around for the best rate and coverage, and also it is a good idea to look for guidance and tips on how to get the best for your journey.

But don’t feel 100% secure just because you already have , since there is no insurance that can cover every risk. So do with , there are things that most will not cover. Knowing these things is important so you can make a preparation in case some of them happen before or during your trip. It’s also useful to help you choose an insurance provider that can give you the most coverage for your travel.

I have compiled from many sources, things that most won’t cover as you can see below:

Travel cancellation

Tour operator

Although it is totally beyond your control, but will not pay for any expenses you have already made if the travel is canceled by your tour operator. You could ask the tour operator to return your money, but your will not pay for any loss you experience regarding this situation neither helping you to get cash back from the tour operator or making a law suit against them.

A tour operator can cancel your trip for some reasons including their internal company problems. That’s why you should carefully choose for a tour operator to avoid this, make sure it’s a good and reliable company.

War or Riot

Usually there are certain types of mess up situation stated in a policy with explanation whether it’s coverable or not. Usually they are; strike, riot, civil commotion, terrorism, and also war, that happens in your travel destination. If the cancellation is made regarding one of those reasons, many policies won’t cover.

Death or Illness of a Pet

Animal lovers might cancel their trip because their beloved pet is dead or ill, but don’t expect the insurance company will have a compassion on this situation, this is also the risk that cannot be insured.

Psychological Problem

You cannot cancel your trip for having psychological illness or mental problem without penalty, because for most insurance companies, this is an exclusion of coverage.

Divorce before the Trip

One in a million, but it still could happen. After you bought a tour package and , suddenly a problem occurs in your family, then your spouse files for divorce and ruins the whole plan, and you have to cancel the trip. This is also not considered as an uncoverable risk.

Pandemics

If you find out that on your destination there is a pandemic like swine flu or anything like it, you might worry for the sake of your family’s health and decide to cancel the trip. But pandemic is also not a valid reason for trip cancellation, so this won’t be covered.

Visa Refusal

This case sometimes happen, and sadly it always happen after you buy a ticket or book a tour package or at the arrival. Mostly you can only expect cash back from the airline for the ticket, but usually won’t cover for this cancellation.

Natural Disaster

Most of policies say they will give coverage for trip cancellation if your destination is completely shut down by a natural disaster. But please pay attention to the fine print and read it carefully, usually it says that if the resort or the airport remains open, you will not get your claim paid by the insurance.

Health, Medical Treatment, or Personal Injury

Pre-existing Conditions

This is a common exclusion in many insurance policies, so medical treatment related to that condition during your trip will have to come out of your own pocket.

Extreme Sport

If you wish to do some extreme sports on your destination, the risks won’t be covered by your regular . For this, you have to obtain another insurance which is extreme sport insurance or something like that.

Pregnancy and Childbirth

Usually, it is specified under which conditions the pregnancy complications or childbirth is covered. You too have to read the fine print real carefully on this one.

Working Activities

For an insurance company, holiday is holiday, meanings you shouldn’t work or do anything related to it. If you are injured while doing something that is considered a working activity, then the insurance won’t cover it. What is considered to be a working activity is not always that you do something for money, as long as it’s a situation involving manual labor, using power tools or driving heavy duty machinery, it could be considered as a working activity.

Drunk

If you are injure in doing an activity after you have some drinks there’s a big chance that your insurance won’t pay for this. So you better pay attention on this one.

Sexual Behavior

If you suffer a disease or have a worry of your future health condition related to a sexual transmitted infection or unwanted pregnancy for the result of your sexual behavior on your holiday, there’s a big chance that you have to take care of the medical costs for treatments or tests by yourself. Most doesn’t cover this health condition.

Medical Repatriation

Many people feel safe when they know that the insurance will give coverage for medical evacuation if they suffer a bad medical condition in some remote area. Evacuation meant to transfer the patient to the nearest area that has a better medical service. But if you need to be transferred back home to get the proper treatment it is called repatriation, and not so many will cover this. So you have to read the fine print carefully and find out what it says about it.

Others

Baggage Delayed For Less Than 24 Hours

It’s a good idea to carry the things you need for a day in case there’s a baggage delay. If the delay is less than 24 hours, the insurance won’t cover it. The insurance will only cover for baggage delay for more than 24 hours and it’s valid for outbound flights only, so no baggage delay cover for your flight back home.

Loss or damage to keys, money, documents, tickets, or credit cards

Usually these items are not considered to be as baggage or personal item, so you should keep these items real safe during your journey.

Flight Problems Regarding to Security Threats and Terrorism

Sometimes these issues can cause an airport closing, flight delay or event flight cancellation, and won’t cover you for buying another ticket, rerouting tickets, or paying for accommodation for these causes.

I really hope this article could help you to arrange your save and pleasant journey. The most important thing is always pay attention to every detail in a policy and read the fine print carefully, since one single word could determine whether the claims you made can be paid or not, have a nice holiday.

Timing is Everything — Especially With

Few things in life are as satisfying as a trip abroad, and most of us can hardly wait until we leave on our great adventure. Anticipation of things to come merely heightens our delight. Planning our trips is part of the enjoyment. Running around, buying our tickets, luggage, clothes and other items that we plan to take with us don’t even seem like chores. It’s not even painful to pay for these things because we know that soon we’ll be exploring places we’ve never been before. However, there is one “fly in this ointment”, one more expense that we’d rather not have because even though it costs us money, we receive no tangible benefit. What am I talking about? Why, , of course!!!

Is Buying at the Last Moment Okay?

I don’t know about you, but as far as I’m concerned, paying for is not exactly my favorite way of spending money. Could it be because travel health insurance is not exactly sexy? Or is it because it just adds to the cost of an already expensive trip? Whatever the reason, I’d rather not spend the bucks on travel medical insurance. However, because I know that it really is a necessity, I buy it. Nevertheless, I tend to put off the purchase as long as possible because it still feels like an “extra”. Am doing myself a favor or not?

Are You A Gambler?

Is keeping my money in my pocket for as long as possible helping me or hurting me? By delaying my purchase until the day I leave, I’m actually hurting myself. This is because I’m actually gambling that nothing will happen to me before I buy my insurance. I’m betting that I or someone in my family won’t fall ill or get injured prior to departure. Also, if I haven’t bought it and something bad does happen, I won’t have any insurance coverage and I’ll be out of luck. Wouldn’t I be smarter to get my ASAP in order to minimize my risk and maximize my potential benefits?

Don’t Lose Your Pre-Existing Condition Coverage

There is another reason to buy without delay. Sometimes we make our travel arrangements in stages and don’t book our flights at the same time. We travelers are eligible for pre-existing medical condition exclusion waivers provided we buy our from 7 to 21 days (depending on the policy) of making our arrangements. If we wait longer, we may not be eligible for those benefits, especially if a previously unknown health condition should materialize.

Don’t Wait To Finalize Everything Before Buying

Whenever I have traveled, I have known in advance what my plane tickets were going to cost, but what about you? Maybe you’ve made travel plans but have not yet bought your plane tickets. I suggest that it’s a good idea to buy your even if you haven’t bought your tickets because doing so will ensure that you will qualify for the pre-existing condition exclusion waiver. If you don’t know what your flight will cost, estimate the cost and include this figure in the total cost of your trip. Later, when you have purchased your flight tickets, you can advise the insurance company. That way you will not risk being ineligible for coverage for a medical conditions that crops up prior to departure.

What If You’ve Already Left on Your Trip?

I happen to be one of the world’s greatest procrastinators. My motto is, “Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow because you might get lucky and not have to do it at all!” Maybe you, too, are a Great Procrastinator and you avoid buying before you leave on your trip. What happens if you have delayed buying your or expatriate insurance until AFTER your departure? Are you out of luck? Are you ineligible for insurance because you didn’t buy it before you left home?

Fortunately, the good news is that, even if you decide to buy after departure, you are still eligible for insurance. If you can get access to the internet, both and expatriate insurance can be found and purchased online, even after you’ve left on your trip or taken up residence abroad. As the old saying goes, “Better late than never,” especially in this case!

Can You Get Insurance for Someone Else Who Has Already Left?

Here’s another scenario. What if there is an emergency and a family member (including minors) or a friend or employee has not bought but has already left on their trip? Do they have to travel uninsured? The answer is no, they don’t have to go without . You, or someone else they designate, can go online and purchase on their behalf. It’s good to know that when friends, family or employees are too busy to get their own , they don’t have to go without it.

In this case, all you need to do is fill out an online application and make the required online payment. You’ll get instant confirmation and can even print out a copy of the policy. There is one cautionary note though. If you’re purchasing on behalf of a minor, you’ll first have to register as an adult in order to get the insurance. It is also important to note that they will not be eligible for coverage for pre-existing medical conditions that occur during the trip after departure and prior to purchasing their insurance. This is merely another reason why purchasing should not be delayed.

In the World of , Timing Definitely Is Everything

Timing is everything, they say. Purchasing travel or expatriate insurance was probably not on the mind of whoever coined that phrase. Nevertheless, those words apply as much to buying as they do to anything else. Given the potential for financial ruin if you’re not insured, the time to buy yours is before you need it because buying it after you need it is impossible and much too late. Learn from the “Great Procrastinator” and get the insurance you need before you need it.