Travel insurance alone 'not enough for exotic destinations'

16 March 2009 11:17

Travel insurance alone 'not enough for exotic destinations'

Although travel insurance policies may provide cover for things such as medical repatriation, it is important to ensure that remote destinations have the infrastructure to support you in the event of an accident.

That is one of the conclusions reached by Dan Dax, as he prepares for a trip to Papua New Guinea in order to visit the refugees of the Carteret Islands.

People travelling to locations that are off the beaten track could find it difficult to find the local resources for a medical evacuation even if they have travel insurance cover, so it is a good idea to check in advance.

Writing for the Ecologist, Mr Box explained that he was told by a travel insurance provider he would be covered if he could get out of the country but might have difficulty doing so if there is no rescue agency in Papua New Guinea.

"Having insurance doesn’t mean there’s going to be a helicopter come and pick you up," an unnamed provider warned him. "If you're in a very remote area, they're not going to be able to get through."ADNFCR-1320-ID-19070945-ADNFCR

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