It is very common for people to totally forget to buy their travel insurance before they start their holiday.
It’s one of those the things that we have on our holiday list and usually it gets pushed right to the bottom!
It is very hard to say which insurers will cover you or not once you get to the airport as they all have different requirements and policies.
For instance some travel insurance providers will allow you to buy right up to the moment that you pass through into departures.
Some travel insurance providers will basically not allow you to buy as soon as you leave your house as this is deemed as the start of your holiday.
If you can find an online insurer that says clearly that you can buy cover in the airport then go for it otherwise we strongly recommend you phoning the various insurance companies and speak to someone about later stage cover.
There are some kiosks in the airports where you can buy insurance but you need to be careful that you know all the terms and conditions
South Africa at the foot of the great continent has always been a popular destination for older Brits. Many have family connections out there and some have second homes around the cape.
The big issue for South African visitors is of course safety. Unfortunately SA has one of the worst reputations in the world for serious and petty crime. Cape Town is considered one of the safer areas but has a real problem with gang violence. Tourists though are not usually their target but express kidnappings and car jacking does happen.
That all said South Africa can still be a very rewarding destination for the intrepid traveller. There is no reason why you cannot have a trouble free visit to the country but the usual safety tips should be noted.
- Do not walk around on your own at night
- Avoid areas that have a bad reputation e.g. downtown J’burg
- Use Uber or some other reputable taxi or car service. When travelling ensure all doors and windows are locked and shut
- Keep your valuable as close to your body as possible. Better still try and limit the valuable items you take to South Africa. If you have a new iPhone for instance you might be better off using an old one while in the country. South Africa has a huge gap in wealth and you will be surrounded by a lot of poverty.
We do not want to put anyone off going to South Africa. It’s a hugely popular destination for boomers and the retired with so much to see. just make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance before you go and try and not be too paranoid.
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