With details of political and civil unrest consistently filling news pages, it is no wonder that global travel insurers have been tightening up their provision of cover and tailoring specific plans to provide relevant evacuation and cancellation cover in recent years. Robin Gauldie looks at what’s currently on offer
Providing deeper investigation into current issues, ITIJ’s News Analysis features allow us to expand on some of our top news stories to get to the heart of the most pressing matters affecting the industry.
On 30 May, the European Commission (EC) announced it had issued a Letter of Formal Notice to Spain, signalling the launch of an Infringement Procedure over allegations that Spanish hospitals providing public healthcare are refusing to recognise the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) when it is presented to them. In August, Spanish authorities responded. Mandy Langfield offers the latest update on the EHICgate saga
Despite efforts by governments and by insurance providers, too many people still go on holiday without buying travel insurance. How can the industry and its partners address an issue that will not go away? Robin Gauldie investigates
Is New Zealand leading the field in cutting ski injuries and claim costs? Is the trend towards making skiers wear helmets gaining momentum? David Kernek reports on the latest developments for the winter sports industry and its specialist insurers
Spanish hospitals 'refuse' EHICs, allege travellers
In October’s issue of ITIJ, our lead story looked at potential shortfalls in gap year travel insurance cover. This issue, David Kernek looks at a selection of products on offer for this travelling sector, and asks whether insurers are evolving their backpacker policies in line with new traveller trends
Official figures flag up exotic Thailand as the most dangerous foreign country for Australian tourists. Insurers tell David Kernek about the risks awaiting gap-year and other travellers in the Asian kingdom.
At the end of June, the board members of the European Air Medical Institute (EURAMI) put out a joint statement announcing their resignation, prompting the Institute’s president to follow suit. James Paul Wallis asks what was behind the walkout and what it could mean for EURAMI
Dean Martin notoriously claimed: “If you can lie on the floor without hanging onto the carpet, you’re not drunk.” That’s not a definition that most travel insurers would accept, but the industry might benefit from a firmer consensus on how much is too much. Robin Gauldie considers policy variations that are catching consumers unawares
There is much talk of chaos in Greece this summer, in the wake of elections that have failed to produce a working government. Are travel insurers, assistance companies, tour operators and their clients prepared for a full-blown crisis? Robin Gauldie reports
There are various rules and regulations in force in certain countries around the world regarding mandatory travel cover, but the UK travel insurance industry is, on the whole, less than impressed by recent calls for such cover to be made compulsory on its own turf. David Kernek rounds up the latest opinion