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Understanding Europe’s Travel Regulations

Travel Regulations For Europe

Over the past few weeks, we have seen some exciting announcements from Europe about travel regulations for international travelers.  Greece was the first European nation to announce that it would allow international travelers to visit if they can show proof of vaccination against the COVID-19 virus.  This past week Italy announced that it would be opening immediately to international travelers who also can show evidence of immunization. 

The announcement by Italy and Greece marks a huge milestone for international travelers who want to frequent Europe.  Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Europe was one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.  To prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, many European countries adopted travel bans for international travelers.  To facilitate travel through Europe, many countries adopted a system to inform travelers about COVID-19.  The system is called The Traffic Light Approach, but it has caused some confusion since launching a Digital Green Certificate.  These two travel guidelines are very important and need to be understood before making travel plans to Europe. 

Understanding Europe’s Traffic Light Approach to Travel 

As noted by the Department of Foreign Affairs on October 13, 2020, Member States adopted the EU Recommendation on a coordinated approach to travel restrictions in the context of COVID-19.  This ‘traffic lights’ policy provides for regions across the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) to be categorized as green, orange, red, or grey, based on the risk levels associated with COVID-19. On 28 January 2021, a new dark red category was introduced on the weekly published map for areas where the COVID-19 virus circulates at very high levels, including more infectious variants. 

To find out how each country is performing based on the traffic lights system, check out the Reopen Europe website.  The site reports an overview of the health situation in European countries, based on data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The information is updated frequently and available in 24 languages. It enables you to follow the evolution of the coronavirus situation in your country and beyond.  Re-open EU also provides information on the various restrictions in place, including quarantine and testing requirements for travelers and mobile coronavirus contact tracing and warning apps. Following the traffic light system should help you plan your travel in Europe while staying safe and healthy. 

What is the Digital Green Certificate 

The European Commission announced on March 17, 2021, presented a proposal to create a Digital Green Certificate to facilitate the safe free movement of citizens within the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Digital Green Certificate will be accepted in all EU Member States. It will help to ensure that restrictions currently in place can be lifted in a coordinated manner.  When traveling, every EU citizen or third-country national legally staying or residing in the EU, who holds a Digital Green Certificate, should be exempted from free movement restrictions in the same way as citizens from the visited Member State.  Please note the Digital Green Certificate is only for EU citizens of member nations.  If you are going to travel to Europe and you are not a citizen of EU member nations, you can’t use the Digital Green Certificate and will need to show proof of immunization from COVID-19. 

Protect Your Investment with Travel Insurance 

Vacations to Europe tend to be on the expensive side.  As revealed by the Money We Have website, a typical European vacation can cost over $4,000 for two travelers.  Be sure to protect your investment and buy a travel insurance policy from Trawick International.  We provide customized travel plans that offer industry-leading benefits. 

 

Founded in 1998, Trawick International is a full-service travel insurance provider specializing in protecting travelers of all types worldwide. We offer various travel insurance plans designed specifically by types of coverage, including comprehensive travel protection insurance, international travel medical insurance, visitor’s insurance, and international student insurance. Our company's mission is to deliver superior travel and medical insurance products that offer the best 24/7 emergency assistance services available. Contact us at 888-301-9289 or info@trawickinternational.com. 

By Administrator at 19 May 2021

Greece Travel 2021

Greece Reopening Summer 2021

Greece Is Opening Back Up For Summer 2021 

Greece is known for its beautiful beaches, history, historical architecture, food, and one of the most romantic places on this planet to visit.  Unfortunately, all tourism in 2020 stopped in Greece because the COVID-19 pandemic completely shut down all travel to Greece.  

Reopening For Summer 2021 

As reported by Travel & Leisure, Greece is planning to reopen its borders to international travelers on May 14, 2021.  Greece intends to welcome fully vaccinated tourists and other foreign visitors with coronavirus antibodies or negative test results.  To adequately prepare for the influx of expected travelers this summer, Greece will begin vaccinating tourism workers once it has completed the elderly and medically vulnerable populations. Vaccination rates are expected to ramp up in April when large shipments of Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer are scheduled to be delivered to the country. 

European Union Plan To Open Up 

As reported by the New York Times on April 25, 2021, tourists from America who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to visit the European Union over the summer.  The policy change is because discussions have been going on for several weeks between European Union and the United States officials on how to practically and technologically make vaccine certificates from each place broadly readable so that citizens can use them to travel without restrictions. 

What Does This Mean For International Travel 

The planned reopening of Greece and the European Union is the beginning of much-needed good news for the travel industry.  Travelers wanting to experience Greece should start to make their travel plans now since there will be a very high demand to visit the region once it reopens its borders.  Just make sure to protect your investment in your planned vacation to Greece. 

Travel Insurance Is A Must 

As of now, there is no requirement to have travel insurance to enter Greece.  Even so, we highly recommend that you purchase a travel insurance policy like our Safe Travels Voyager.  This plan covers trips up to $100,000 for trip cancellation. It includes a $250,000 per person limit Primary Medical Coverage with coverage for Pre-Existing Medical conditions on plans purchased before or with final trip payment. Safe Travels Voyager also includes minimum coverage of $2,000 for potential accommodations/lodging expenses. COVID-19 MEDICAL EXPENSES may be covered and treated the same as any other sickness. 

Also available is an optional Cancel for Any Reason benefit (CFAR) that provides reimbursement for 75% of the prepaid, non-refundable, forfeited payments you paid for your trip if you cancel your trip for any reason not otherwise covered by this policy. The initial policy must be purchased within 21 days of the initial trip deposit date, and the full, nonrefundable trip cost is insured. This plan is only available to U.S. Citizens and U.S. Residents and can be purchased for a trip cost of $0 to $100,000. 

2021 is starting to become the year of the comeback for travel, especially with the positive news from Greece and the European Union.  To be safe, make sure you speak to us at Trawick International before setting up on European vacation and receiving a customized travel insurance plan that meets your needs. 


Founded in 1998, Trawick International is a full-service travel insurance provider specializing in protecting travelers of all types worldwide. We offer various travel insurance plans designed specifically by types of coverage, including comprehensive travel protection insurance, international travel medical insurance, visitor’s insurance, and international student insurance. Our company's mission is to deliver superior travel and medical insurance products that offer the best 24/7 emergency assistance services available. Contact us at 888-301-9289 or info@trawickinternational.com. 

By Administrator at 11 May 2021

Insure Your Honeymoon

Be Sure To Insure Your Honeymoon

Be Sure To Insure Your Honeymoon 

Travel insurance will protect your investment and provide coverage while traveling 

The wedding venue has been reserved, DJ has been booked, flowers have been chosen, dress has been picked and the guest list has been sent out.  Now you can focus on something that you truly deserve and want to put your best efforts into.  It’s time to pick and book the honeymoon.  Your honeymoon is the vacation that you and your significant other will remember for the rest of your lives.  Some choose a quiet relaxing break in the Caribbean, while others try an adventurous trip and visit the Galapagos Islands.  Heck, some people go to Europe and check out all of the historic sites.  No matter what type of honeymoon you choose and where you will visit.  You must protect your investment and purchase travel insurance.

Why you need travel insurance

As reported by Brides.com, the average honeymoon costs $4,500.  The costs of honeymoons all over the world vary.  For example, Honeymoons in the Caribbean and Mexico cost between $5,000 to $7,500. Couples spend anywhere from $6,000 to $25,000 for trips to Europe, Asia, the South Pacific, etc. 

Now let’s put that in perspective of the average cost of a vacation for two costs.  The average cost for two travelers to take a vacation cost $2,300, as indicated by Credit Donkey.  So, the average honeymoon costs twice as much as an average vacation and sometimes much more depending on location.

The most important benefit of travel insurance is to protect your investment in your trip.  Travel insurance could reimburse you if something unforeseen were to occur like travel delay, sickness, injury, and death of a family member.

Another reason why you should purchase travel insurance is that it can be a requirement to enter your destination.  If you don’t comply with your destination’s travel regulations, you will not be able to enter the country and will be stuck in customs waiting for a flight home. So, before you make your travel arrangements review the COVID Controls website.  

This tool will tell you everything you need to know about how COVID-19 is affecting travel.  This site has indicated that the following countries require travel insurance before entering them:  Anguilla, Antarctica, Aruba, Bahamas, Brazil, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, French Polynesia, Iran, Jamaica, Japan, Lebanon. St. Maarten, Tahiti, Thailand, Turkey, Turks and Caicos, and the United Arab Emirates.

Make sure you get enhanced travel insurance benefits

Travel insurance protection varies between plans.  We at Trawick International highly recommend that anyone booking a honeymoon should purchase a trip cancellation policy with the additional “Cancel for Any Reason Benefit" (CFAR).  This benefit allows travelers to cancel their trip two days before they are scheduled to depart and provides reimbursement for up to 75% of prepaid expenses.  In this world with so much uncertainty, a policy like this provides enormous dividends.  We live in a COVID-19 world and anything can happen, so make sure you take the extra protection and purchase a trip cancellation policy that provides CFAR benefit.


Founded in 1998, Trawick International is a full-service travel insurance provider specializing in protecting travelers of all types worldwide. We offer various travel insurance plans designed specifically by types of coverage, including comprehensive travel protection insurance, international travel medical insurance, visitor’s insurance, and international student insurance. Our company's mission is to deliver superior travel and medical insurance products that offer the best 24/7 emergency assistance services available. Contact us at 888-301-9289 or info@trawickinternational.com. 

By Administrator at 27 Apr 2021

Jamaica Spring Break Travel Regulations

Jamaica Travel Regulations 2021

Traveling To Jamaica This Spring Break? 

Make Sure You Know About The New Travel Regulations 

Known for its beautiful beaches, golf courses, water activities, and energetic nightlife Jamaica is a spring breaker’s paradise. Spring break is not just for college students. Many families will be traveling to Jamaica to enjoy all that it has to offer this spring.  With beautiful tourist destinations such as Negril, Montego Bay, and Ocho Rios.  Travelers wanting to experience have three beautiful and uniquely different tourist attractions to visit while enjoying some well-deserved fun in the sun.  Before you tee off or stick your feet into the sand, you must be aware of the new travel regulations travelers from abroad have to comply with before they can enter Jamaica. 

New Regulations to Enter Jamaica 

Like many other countries that have been up for travelers from abroad, Jamaica has implemented strict travel regulations for international visitors to follow before entering Jamaica.  As reported by Travel & Leisure magazine, starting March 10th, anyone arriving in Jamaica will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three days of their arrival. Previously, tests were accepted from up to 10 days before. The order applies to all travelers aged 12 or older. Travelers can use Jamaica's Online Test Calculator to determine when they should take their tests before their trip. Jamaica will only accept PCR, NAA, RNA, or antigen tests for entry. 

In addition to submitting your negative PCR test, travelers must go to travelauth.visitjamiaca.com 2-5 days before their trip and provide the necessary information to complete the travel form.  After completing the travel form, travelers will undergo a health risk assessment and then receive their travel authorization form, which they must show at the airport to enter Jamaica. 

What to do in Jamaica this Spring Break 

Now that we have discussed all the technical and essential information travelers need to enter the country.  We can focus on what fun things you can do while visiting Jamaica.  Publicized by US News, here are some fun activities to try while visiting: 

Ocho Rios 
Dunn Rivers Fall and Park 

If you're staying in Ocho Rios or just visiting for the day from a cruise ship, travelers insist you allot a couple of hours to climb the Dunn's River Falls. You can take a guided climb of the waterfall, hike a trail alongside it or just recline and relax on the beach at the bottom.  Vacationers say that climbing along the rocks to the top of the falls isn't rigorous, but it can be slippery. Recent visitors said you could keep your footing by wearing water shoes. 

Negril 
Seven Mile Beach 

Check your calendar before taking your tots to the cumin-colored sands of this western beach in Negril. As its name suggests, Seven Mile has plenty of space for you to find a spot, but you'll share the area with a few adults-only resorts, as well as those who like to sunbathe in the nude. When the sun goes down, the sandy spread becomes a popular party spot.  Recent travelers said Seven Mile features the clearest water they've ever seen, with others calling it perfect. Still similar to many Jamaican beaches, Seven Mile sometimes has vendors who can often be persistent in hopes of selling everything from crafts to beer to fresh lobster. 

Montego Bay 
White Witch Golf Course 

The 18 holes of the White Witch Golf Course sprawls across 200 acres of the Rose Hall Estate. Designed by revered course architects Robert von Hagge and Rick Baril, White Witch is praised for its stunning landscape and helpful staff. In fact, 16 of its holes feature ocean views. If you're a beginner or moderate golfer, White Witch will likely be challenging for you – its hilly terrain has been described as a "roller coaster" by some travelers. 

Protect Your Investment in Your Trip 

Before you step foot on that beautiful tropical Seven Mile Beach in Negril or before you tee off at White Witch, make sure you contact us and obtain a customized travel insurance plan that fits your individual needs or your family's needs.  Available on Trawick Internationals Safe Travels First Class and Safe Travels Voyager Trip Protection Plans, the Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) option provides partial reimbursement of up to 75% of the insured prepaid non-refundable trip costs when you cancel your trip for a reason not listed on the policy.  Please note that this optional upgrade is time-sensitive and must be purchased within the time frame listed on that plan - either 10 or 21 days.  To qualify for the CFAR benefit, you must insure your entire trip cost. To use the CFAR option when canceling your trip, you must cancel your trip in its entirety, at least two days before your scheduled departure date. 


Founded in 1998, Trawick International is a full-service travel insurance provider specializing in protecting travelers of all types worldwide. We offer various travel insurance plans designed specifically by types of coverage, including comprehensive travel protection insurance, international travel medical insurance, visitor’s insurance, and international student insurance. Our company's mission is to deliver superior travel and medical insurance products that offer the best 24/7 emergency assistance services available. Contact us at 888-301-9289 or info@trawickinternational.com. 

By Administrator at 11 Apr 2021

Spring Break 2021 Travel Information

Spring Break Travel 2021

What You Need To Know To Enjoy Spring Break 2021

It’s that time again for Spring Break.  Last year’s Spring Break, like most everything, was interrupted or canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  This year, students and families from all across the United States are gearing up to enjoy Spring Break, and to be honest, why not? We all deserve it.  Over the past year, we all have felt isolated, exhausted, frustrated, and just plain annoyed because of the pandemic.  Many college students' and families' lives were disrupted entirely by the pandemic, college dorms were shut down, schools were closed and families were forced to shelter in place.

A Brief History Of Spring Break

As the United States continues to make great strides in combatting the pandemic, the time is right to celebrate Spring Break.  So what is Spring Break?  Spring Break is usually a week-long break from colleges and k-12 schools across the United States and it occurs during the months of March through mid-April.  As noted by Travelmarketreport.com, Spring Break started back in the early 1930s.  When the Colgate College spring swim team began to travel to Fort Lauderdale for training.  Soon after, swimmers from all over the country started attending competitions all over Florida. By the 1950s, college students everywhere started heading south to spend the break close to the beach.  Wow, thanks, Colgate College, for creating spring break, and can you believe it’s been going on for over 90 years?

Popular Spring Break Destinations

It’s pretty cool to see that Spring Break started in Florida and it’s still one of the most popular travel destinations for spring breakers.  For generations, students and families have flocked to Florida to enjoy the sun and the beaches.  So, where are other popular spring break destinations?  According to U.S. News, the top ten Spring Break destinations are:

  • Cancun

  • Miami Beach

  • South Padre Island

  • Cabo San Lucas

  • Jamaica

  • Bahamas

  • Punta Cana

  • Playa del Carmen

  • Daytona Beach

  • Panama City Beach

Florida is still a top-rated Spring Break destination with three of the top ten places to visit.  Today, spring breakers are venturing out to Mexico and the Caribbean to enjoy themselves.  With seven out of ten top destinations.  Times have changed since the Colgate Swim team started the tradition of spring break. Students and families are not just visiting Florida anymore. They are now going international and enjoying themselves.

Why You Need Travel Insurance To Enjoy Spring Break

The first reason you need travel insurance to enjoy Spring Break 2021 is that it can be a requirement to enter a country.  For example, to enjoy the Bahamas, all international travelers must have some form of travel insurance to be allowed to enter.  The following important reason is that vacations are not cheap. Everyone who is traveling should protect their investments in their trip with a travel insurance policy to protect against unplanned events.  To mitigate against this risk, we highly recommend students and families going Spring Break this year to purchase a Trip Cancellation travel insurance plan. 

A Trip Cancellation policy provides reimbursement for unused, non-refundable, pre-paid trip costs if you are prevented from taking your trip due to certain unforeseen events that prevent you from traveling, such as an illness. 

Another form of insurance we recommend obtaining for your Spring Break vacation is trip interruption coverage. Trip interruption provides reimbursement for unused land and water activities along with additional transportation costs used to return home or rejoin your trip if something covered under the policy were to occur. 

Spring Break is a great time to have fun and enjoy quality time with your family.  Just remember that a variety of things could happen to derail your travel plans and experience.  That is why you should reach out to Trawick International to obtain a customized travel insurance plan that will protect your Spring break experience. For more information on Spring Break Travel Insurance and to Get a Quote, visit our website.


Founded in 1998, Trawick International is a full-service travel insurance provider specializing in protecting travelers of all types worldwide. We offer various travel insurance plans designed specifically by types of coverage, including comprehensive travel protection insurance, international travel medical insurance, visitor’s insurance, and international student insurance. Our company's mission is to deliver superior travel and medical insurance products that offer the best 24/7 emergency assistance services available. Contact us at 888-301-9289 or info@trawickinternational.com.

 

By Administrator at 30 Mar 2021
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