Please note, our policies do not provide cover for cancellation, abandonment or curtailment claims if the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against all or “all but essential” travel. Our policies will also not cover any claims caused by or relating to Coronavirus, COVID-19, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-COV-2), any mutation of Coronavirus, COVID-19 or SARs-COV-2 or any pandemic or fear or threat of any the above. We also can not cover any claims relating to any fear or threat concerning these viruses. This general exclusion applies to all sections of cover except for the Emergency Medical Expenses section.

FCO Travel Aware Campaign

ActivitySure support the FCO’s ‘Travel Aware’ campaign and we play in important role in communicating the ‘Travel Aware’ campaign as a trusted brand.

The campaign aims to reduce the number of preventable problems faced by British travellers abroad by raising awareness of potential hazards to help keep British nationals safe. The campaign offers information and travel tips to cover all stages of your journey with Travel Aware being an easily recognisable portal for all travel advice.

Many of the most common problems encountered by travellers abroad are preventable or can be made less stressful by taking a few simple precautions. By providing the right information to travellers before they set off, we hope to help our customers avoid trouble on their trip.

Please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. For the most recent updates by country check out our FCO updates page.

Preparing for your trip?

Make sure you purchase full travel insurance for your whole travel party and that it is valid for the entire trip. Ensure it includes activity cover for any activities you intend to do (including any extreme sports).

ActivitySure offer a wide range of travel insurance policies offering cover many activities and all ages of traveller. Whether you are taking a winter sports trip or playing Golf it is important to make sure you have the right cover and remember that the cheapest cover is not always the best. We advise that you read your policy wording in full and check you have the cover you need.

You do not want to find your passport has expired the night before you travel so make sure you check your passports well ahead of your departure date. Ensure everyone in your party has a valid passport. Some countries insist your passport must be valid for 6 months after the date you travel so check to see if this applies to you. Keep your passport safe whilst travelling. It is a good idea to make copies of your travel documents before you leave and store them in a secure place.

Be aware of the entry requirements of the countries you are visiting and apply for visas in good time. To apply for visas and for more advice visit the FCO website at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Planning to drive whilst away? Please make sure your UK driving licence is current and valid. Expect the unexpected when travelling and always ensure you take enough money or have access to some back up funds in case of an unexpected incident. Check your credit cards are valid for the length of your trip.

Always tell a relative or friend where you are travelling to and when you are expected back and how to be contacted in an emergency

Booked your winter ski holiday? With the winter ski season about to get into full swing, please make sure you are fully prepared. Along with using the correct clothing and safety equipment, make sure you are clear about your limits on and off the slopes. Alcohol can affect your awareness of the cold and impair your judgement and reaction time. It’s also good to be informed of the various routes available as they can vary in different ski resorts and countries. For further information please visit www.gov.uk/guidance/winter-sports-stay-safe-on-the-slopes.

Tips for when you arrive at your destination

Laws and customs can be very different from in the UK, so please know and respect them as the penalties can be very severe. Don’t take risks, trust your instincts and think about what you are doing. Take a copy of contact details for the British Embassy or Consulate in case you need to contact them.

Buy bottled water especially if you have any doubt whether the water is safe to drink. Reapply your sun cream frequently especially after swimming and make sure it’s the correct factor for your skin type.

We hope you find the above information helpful for more details on preparing for safe and healthy travel please visit: travelaware.campaign.gov.uk.

For the latest travel updates follow @FCOtravel on Twitter and find the FCO at Facebook.com/FCOtravel or visit www.gov.uk/travelaware.