Safety First!

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When travelling the world, there are many things you need to think about, not least what you’re going to take with you in that oversized suitcase!

You might think you have everything covered – passport? Check! Visa? Sorted! Currency changed? Of course!

What is left?

Have you sorted out your travel insurance? If not, why not?

Health and safety is one important aspect of travelling that should not be left behind. E111or most popularly known nowadays as European Health Insurance Card is one if not the most important item that needs to be taken cared before travel.

This is probably the one thing that anyone heading off on holiday will find to be the most boring item on the list, but it is the single most important, after your passport of course. What if something goes wrong? What if you need medical attention? What if you lose your suitcase with all your worldly belongings inside?

You will be needing that travel insurance, and let’s face it, it hardly takes too long to organise does it?

There is one other item which you should be putting high up on the importance list too, and that’s the EHIC.

What is this thing we are speaking about?

EHIC stands for European Health Insurance Card, and this entitles those travelling from an eligible country within Europe and Switzerland to receive reciprocal healthcare within EEU countries, and Switzerland. There are a few exceptions to the rule of course, i.e. you can’t travel with the intention of accessing private healthcare, and if you are planning to have your baby within a country, this is going to have to be well proven to be an occurrence you couldn’t have avoided, but generally speaking, the EHIC has many advantages, and is something you should be organising ahead of time.

The EHIC replaced the old E111, which went out of circulation a few years ago. The EHIC is free to apply for online, comes very quickly in the post, and is required for every single person travelling, children included. There is a rather long expiry date on these cards, so you have to remember to check validity if you’ve had it a while, and then head online to renew.

The downside?

Well, there isn’t one really. You will still need travel insurance, and having a valid EHIC doesn’t mean this need is replaced. Your EHIC covers you for emergency treatment and problems as such, it doesn’t cover you for loss of baggage, cancellation, and all the other matters which your travel insurance will help you out with. The good thing about having both is peace of mind – because you know you’re always covered.

So, what are you waiting for? Head online, order your card, store it somewhere safe in your hand luggage, and know that you are more than covered for any problems.

Better to be safe than sorry!

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