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Archive for February, 2011

New snow beckons half term skiers

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Half term is upon us and new snow is falling across the Eurpean and North American resorts.  At this time of year, thousands take to the slopes for the first time but some unfortunately will return with an injury. And it’s not just first timers as the more experienced take on new challenges, on and off piste, the wipe-outs just tend to be more spectacular.

That is why it is essential to have the proper ski and snowboard travel insurance to provide the necessary cover on and off the slopes. So what should people be looking for? Most travel insurance providers offer good cover for intermediate and beginners. This is the vast bulk of the market. Yes, accidents do happen but they are more likely to be in a controlled fashion, by that we mean on well groomed pistes and with assistance and help on hand.

The problem area is when the skier or snowboarder gains in confidence and skill and wants to seek greater challenges and with it more thrills. This generally means tackling ever more severe slopes but also to venture into what is loosely termed ‘off piste’. This is where the unwary can very quickly become unstuck and we are not talking about the snow conditions. Most travel insurance policies will have restrictions on ‘off piste’ such as ‘only with a guide’ or ‘only within a specified resort area’ so when seeking that ‘adrenaline rush’ it is important to know what you are getting yourself into first.

What’s more, the increasing popularity of ‘half pipes’ and ‘free style’ means that the potential risk of injury has increased as more and more people are attracted to this immensely enjoyable leisure activity. To make sure you are properly covered for these more extreme sports activities, it is essential that winter sports insurance is obtained that offers protection to this level of activity. The more expert you are, the more likely you will need more specialist cover than provided by the usual high street provider.

Mountain rescue and medical costs are expensive and if this requires repatriation then the costs mount up rapidly. It’s probably too late, as you are being strapped to the rescue sledge, to wonder whether the travel insurance you bought before the holiday is going to cover you. Know before you go.

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British Government flights for British nationals wishing to leave Cairo

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

In addition to the chartered plane scheduled to leave Cairo on Thursday 3 February to assist British nationals wishing to leave Egypt, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has decided to charter a second plane scheduled to leave Cairo on Saturday 5 February.

The charter flight leaving Cairo on Thursday evening is now full. British nationals who wish to use the second charter service on Saturday should register with the FCO. Please note that there will be a charge for this service – seats on this flight will cost £300 each. Those already booked on other commercial flights should not cancel their bookings.

To register for a seat on this flight and further instructions please call: +44 (0)207 008 8765 / +20 227 916 000 in Egypt
http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/middle-east-north-africa/egypt

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British Government flights for British nationals wishing to leave Cairo

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

In light of the ongoing unrest in Egypt the British Government has chartered a plane to supplement commercial capacity. The plane will depart from Cairo International Airport on Thursday 03 February and there will be a charge of approximately £300 per person.

To register for a seat on this flight and further instructions please call: +44 (0)207 008 8765 / +20 227 916 000 in Egypt . For more advice, click on

http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/middle-east-north-africa/egypt

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