Electronics travel ban sparks insurance queries

The recently announced electronics ban on airline cabins has triggered mass queries for travellers around the world. Due to terrorism concerns electronics larger than a phone will now be banned in cabins on flights to the United States and the United Kingdom. The ban will take place on flights from regions in the Middle East […]

Thailand: Updated visitor information

Updated visitor information during the mourning period for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Issued on 20 October 2016 at 16.00 hrs. (AEDT) The Thai people are now in a period of remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and reminiscing the many things he achieved and worked for his people and the development of the […]

Tanzanian VAT Changes Create Extra Charges!

Thousands of Safari Clients Hit With Unexpected VAT Charges The Tanzanian government has decided to start charging 18% VAT (Value Added Tax) on several tourist services from the 1st of July 2016. This change was proposed just weeks ago and the short notice has caused chaos in the safari industry, forcing tour operators to charge […]

10 top ways to save on your travel insurance this silly season

For the thousands who will be travelling overseas and domestically to visit friends and family this holiday season – the good news, according to travel insurance experts comparetravelinsurance.com.au, is that there is still plenty of time to get a good deal on your travel insurance. Natalie Ball, Director, Comparetravelinsurance.com.au says: “We know travel insurance is […]

What medical conditions does travel insurance really cover?

Travel insurance does cover medical conditions but, like all insurances, there are restrictions and exclusions set within the policy to keep premium costs lower for the consumer. Travel insurance prices are all based on risk assessment. Just as skydiving isn’t covered as it’s too risky to insure, the same goes for serious illnesses and injury. If […]

The ins and outs of travel insurance comparisons

Be Protected When Escaping the Winter Blues So it’s winter… again and you need warming! You’ve booked your holiday escape to a tropical destination; but have you bought travel insurance? If you’re turning to price-comparison sites to find insurance, trying to decide on which policy to buy can be baffling. Travel insurance comparison website comparetravelinsurance.co.nz […]

USA New Security Checks

Flying to USA? Be aware of the new security checks! Passengers flying to the United States are to be subjected to new security checks that could see them delayed if their electronic device has a dead battery. According to NBC News, British Airways will not allow passengers to board the plane if their phone or […]

30-day Philippines visa-free stays

The Philippines has extended its visa-free privileges from 21 to 30 days. Foreign nationals from 151 countries, including New Zealand, can now enter the Philippines without a visa and remain in the country for a maximum of 30 days, according to a new Executive Order. Visa-free entrants to the Philippines must have a passport valid […]

Avian Influenza – No travel restrictions but take care

The outbreak of the Avian Influenza  A(H7N9) in China has not resulted in travel restrictions but  leading New Zealand travel assistance company, First Assistance, recommends New Zealanders travelling in the region still need to take precautions. Avian flu is one of a group of flu viruses normally found in birds, which has recently been detected […]

Taxi Drivers Prey on Tourists!

A growing number of unscrupulous taxi drivers are taking advantage of New Zealand travellers warns Southern Cross Travel Insurance (SCTI). Craig Morrison, SCTI CEO, says the practice of having luggage stolen as part of a taxi ride is one customers should be on the lookout for. “The stories we hear include: · Where the taxi […]