Do I really need travel insurance for Australia?

Australia is a hugely popular destination for British pensioners and people of all ages. This is despite the huge distances and costs involved getting to the land downunder!

It is often thought that due to reciprocal health cover you do not need to worry about having healthcare as British citizens will automatically be covered on the Australian medicare scheme. Well this is not the case.

Some of your hospital fees will be covered by in public hospitals downunder but never in private ones. Ambulances are privately run and are not covered by medicare. Indeed even some Australians in certain states would have to pay for an ambulance of they didnt have their own health insurance.

So you really need travel insurance if you are going to Australia, there are no two ways about it. Ambulance travel alone can cost many 1000s of dollars and that’s even before you get to hospital.

Doctor visits also have to be paid for too.

Below are a couple of links that you should check out before planning a trip to Australia.

https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/enablers/rhca-medical-care-visitors-australia/27436

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/australia

What will happen to EHIC cards after Brexit?

Will Brits still be able to use their EHIC card after Brexit?

Of course, this is one of the many questions that’s going to remain unanswered for a quite a while. Indeed with negotiations between the UK and the EU is expected to take up to two years, it could be a long while before the situation is clear in regards to the EHIC card.

What is an EHIC card?

An EHIC card the European Health Insurance card that entitles European citizens reciprical healthcare in other European countries.

Contrary to popular belief, the EHIC (formally known in Britain as the E111 card) is not an EU invention. It is actually from the EEA (The European Economic Area). The EEA includes such countries as Norway and Switzerland, which are not EU countries but use the EHIC scheme nonetheless.

Won’t Britain remain as a member of the EEA after Brexit?

This is unlikely. Being a member of the EEA means freedom of movement of people. This is the main issue for the UK in regards to Brexit! If the UK  could have turned off the free movement of people, then it would not be in the situation it is now.

So it is expected that the UK will leave the EEA too so it can control it’s borders.

Where does this leave the EHIC card?

In theory the UK will come out of the EHIC scheme because it will not be a member of the EEA.

For more on this news item check out this recent telegraph article.

November Senior Travel News Round-up

It’s almost December and we thought we’d take a look at some of the latest travel news from around the World that is affecting older travellers.

Skyscanner bought by Chinese firm

UK based flight search engine which is very popular with the Over 80s has been bought by Chinese company Ctrip. The amount paid was thought to be around £3 billion!

Seniors from the UK will not only use Skyscanner on their PCs, but more and more have downloaded the App onto their tablets too.

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New Zealand open for business again after earthquakes

NZ is very much open again and gearing up to another busy summer season. The popular southern hemisphere island is particularly popular with older Britons.

The country suffered a major earthquake of over 7.2 magnitude, centred on the busy tourist area around North Canterbury, on the South Island. Some roads and access to towns were severely disrupted, but a lot of work is ongoing to get the infrastructure back on it’s feet.

New Zealand is expecting over 4 million visitors which is almost the same as the population.

The country remains popular with seniors as it often reminds them of how England use to be.

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Thailand to extent long stay visas for seniors

Thailand, the ever growing tourist hub of Asia, is increasing long stay visas from 1 year to 10 years for seniors citizens from a few select Western countries.

The 10 year visas are targeted at the Over 50s who can prove they have a healthy income or 3m Baht in their bank. They will also need good health insurance coverage too.

For more on this check out…

http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/tourism-and-transport/1141756/10-year-visa-for-senior-tourists

 

What will Brexit mean for travel insurance for Europe?

The EU referendum vote has come and gone and the UK voted to leave the European Union. It was pretty close, at around 52-48%, but the nation spoke and Britain will leave the European Union, probably in the next couple of years.

Will trips to Rome be any different?
Will trips to Rome be any different?

In terms of travel and holidays in Europe, not much is likely to change. The biggest impact will be on expats living in Europe and Europeans living in the UK.

The EHIC card is not actually an EU thing as such, it is tied into the EEA, for which the UK might still remain as a member. The controversy is that the EEA generally allows free movement of people, which is what many voted against in the first place.

As we said, not much will change. If you are going on holiday to France, Spain, Germany, Greece, Portugal or any other EU country, then you will still be required to take out travel or holiday insurance. THIS IS REGARDLESS OF HAVING AN EHIC CARD!

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Welcome to Over 80 News

Welcome to the news section of our site. We will be bringing you specific travel news related to the Over 80 age group, a group that in the UK is growing in numbers.

We will cover areas such as travel insurance, of course! But we will also cover general travel topics such as..

  • Holiday Planning
  • Cruises and cruise deals
  • Flight deals and car hire
  • Safety alerts for various countries you may visit
  • Anything that affects travel and living abroad, e.g. Brexit
  • Travel Money and how to manage your credit cards

So keep coming back to our news section!