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Travel Insurance Pitfalls – Riding While On Vacation
A recent story regarding an Australian tourist in Thailand is a real warning to the readers of this bulletin.
The tourist hired a moped while on a holiday to Phuket, and was taken to hospital as a result of a head-on accident.
She suffered horrific injuries including a broken neck and skull damage.
Whilst her travel insurance policy offered cover for motorcycle riding, she didn’t hold an Australian motorcycle license. As a result, her accident wasn’t covered by the insurers
She is now being held in a local hospital with a current medical debt of some $56,000, and this is increasing daily. The hospital won’t discharge her until the debt is paid.
Not only that, but she needs further treatment back home, but the cost of a medical evacuation is estimated to be a further $36,000.
This should be seen as a real warning to everybody to take the time needed to read the “small print” of your travel insurance policy in detail before embarking on your overseas trip.
Travellers are bound to commit “blunders” while dining in some foreign destinations. While it can be an innocent mistake, your action may still be misinterpreted and taken as rude or offensive. It pays to be conscious of the local dining rules or etiquette to be able to seamlessly blend with the crowd.
Table manners which you may define as polite and proper at home might come across as unrefined, snobbish or rude elsewhere.
President Trump has announced that the United States will resume the issuing of visas to all countries after secure policies have been put in place.
The recent Presidential order barring immigrants from seven countries entry to the USA drew significant protests at many airports around the world and resulted in massive confusion amongst travelers, airlines and security staff around the globe.
Some travelers from those countries have been stranded whilst clarity on the visa issue is being reviewed.
As part of this announcement, President Trump stated:
“This is not about religion—this is about terror and keeping our country safe. There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order.
“We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days,” he said.
It has been suggested that the review of America’s visa program may also influence countries like Australia that have previously enjoyed an easily accessible visa waiver program.
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Barbara Walsh-Kumm and John Kumm have established this website in order to provide the avid visitor with current hints and tips, news and opinions relating in general to travel, and more particularly to overseas trips, vacations and holiday adventures.