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Travel Regulations For European Countries

Travel Regulations For European Countries

Europe Is Now Open To Travelers From USA 

On June 16, 2021, the European Union designated the United States on the safe list.  So what does this mean for American travelers?  Regardless if the American traveler is vaccinated or unvaccinated, they can visit the 27 countries that comprise the European Union.  Please note the United Kingdom is no longer part of the European Union and has its own requirements for American travelers that are different than the 27 European Union nations. 

As of right now, the 27 European Union countries do not require international travelers to have travel insurance to enjoy each country.  We at Trawick International highly recommend purchasing a travel insurance plan from a travel insurance provider since trips to Europe are expensive.  The website stuffedsuitcase.com indicated that a one-week European vacation cost approximately $2,225 for one person, $3,400 for a couple, and $5,750 for a family of four.  Think about it a family of four to visit Europe cost almost $6,000. With that type of cost, make sure you have proper protection. 

Each European Union country has some different regulations and nuances to their travel regulations, so make sure you check out the Reopen Europe website.  This site will provide you with pertinent information you will need to know before visiting your destination in Europe. 

What’s Going on in Some Popular European Union Countries 

France 

We bet you didn’t know that before the COVID-19 pandemic, France was the most visited country in the world by international tourists.  Over 89 million international tourists in 2019 visited France, as reported by farandwide.com.  Now that France is open again, many people will be visiting.  Here is some vital information that Lonelyplanet.com stated, France is now in the final stage of its four-stage journey out of lockdown. Nationwide curfew has ended and masks are no longer required outdoors, but you’ll still need to have one when entering enclosed public spaces and public transport, and crowded outdoor areas.  Local authorities can now decide what restrictions to implement, so check ahead to determine the local limits in the region you are traveling to because they might be different. 

Spain 

Spain is almost as popular as France for international travelers and before the global COVID-19 pandemic, they were the second most visited country in the world.  Spain is preparing for an influx of international visitors since reopening.  Lonely Planet has revealed that as of June 26, masks are no longer legally required outdoors, provided people can keep 1.5 meters (5 feet) apart. But it’s a good idea to always take a mask with you as they’re still required in crowded outdoor spaces, public transport and taxis, and indoor spaces such as restaurants, airports, supermarkets, shops, and museums.  In addition, restaurants, cinemas, theaters, cultural attractions, and museums are open with capacity limits. Amusement and water parks are open with enhanced health and safety protocols. Beaches are open with social distancing guidelines in place. 

Italy 

Last but not least, Italy was the second country in Europe to open to international travelers after Greece and it’s the fifth most popular travel destination for international travelers in the world.  Lonely Planet proclaimed that most restrictions had been lifted. Still, social distancing guidelines remain in public areas, as do mask requirements in crowded outdoor locations, public transport, and indoor public spaces.  Indoor dining has returned to Italy’s restaurants, cafes, bars, ice-cream parlors, and pastry shops. Some capacity limits apply, but the general rule is no more than six people per table. Hotels, spas, and swimming pools are open and beaches, but visitors must keep at least one meter apart when setting up towels, deck chairs, or umbrellas. 

Just a Gentle Reminder About Travel Insurance 

As noted above, trips to European nations are expansive, so please consider purchasing a travel insurance policy to provide you and your family with peace of mind if something were to go wrong while traveling.   Trawick International offers various travel insurance plans that can be customized to meet your family’s needs while vacationing in Italy.  


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 21 Jul 2021

Travel Requirements For Thailand

Travel and Insurance Requirements Thailand

Good News for Travelers Visiting South East Asia

Over this past year, the travel industry globally has started to pick up.  Most notably, we have seen New York City reopen and many European nations open to international travelers.  If we remembered, last year, global tourism essentially came to a standstill.  Cruise ships were docked, planes were placed in hangers and beaches were empty. 

South East Asia has slowly reopened compared to Europe and the United States for international travelers.  Many countries are still fighting the COVID-19 virus and have not fully opened up to international travelers.  As of July 1st, the island of Phuket, which is one of the most popular tourist attractions in South East Asia, is reopening effective immediately. 

What You Need to Know About Visiting Phuket 

MSNBC reported that starting July 1st, tourists can visit Phuket without quarantining for the first time since March 2020.  If you are unfamiliar with Phuket, it's the largest island in Thailand and is considered one of the most popular destinations in the region.  To avoid quarantining for 14 days, international travelers must comply with the following requirements from the Travel Authority of Thailand: 

Pre-arrival 

  1. Travelers are advised to avoid at-risk areas or crowded places no less than 14 days before their travel date. 

  2. Travelers must travel from countries/territories (list) approved by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), per the guidelines of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), as proposed by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MoTS) and TAT, and must have been in the said countries for no less than 21 days before their travel date – except Thai nationals and foreign expatriates returning from overseas. They must register their travel via the designated system or website, and have the following documents: 

    • A certificate of Entry (COE). 

    • A medical certificate with a laboratory result by an RT-PRC method indicating that COVID-19 is not detected no more than 72 hours before their travel date. 

    • Copy of an insurance policy in English covering healthcare and treatment expenses for COVID-19 per applicant for the whole duration in Thailand with coverage clearly identified as no less than US$100,000. 

    • Copy of the payment confirmation for no less than 14 nights stay and RT-PCR tests at hotels approved by the MoTS or TAT. In the case that the length of stay is less than 14 days, travelers must present a confirmed flight ticket out of Thailand and payment confirmation for accommodation and RT-PCR tests at hotels that cover their intended duration of stay. 

    • A certificate of vaccination against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by the MoPH or the World Health Organisation (WHO) no less than 14 days before their travel date. Travelers under 18 years of age, traveling with their parents or guardians, must have a medical certificate with a laboratory result by an RT-PRC method indicating that COVID-19 is not detected no more than 72 hours before their travel date. 

  3. Travelers must undergo exit screening before departure. 

Arrival 

  1. Entry screening and Immigration and Customs procedures: 

  2. Download and install an alert application, as well as set the application on at all times for the whole duration in Thailand. 

  3. Proceed directly to the reserved hotel on the approved airport transfer service. 

  4. Undergo a COVID-19 test (RT-PCR method) at your own expense as per the following requirements: 

    • Taking the first test upon arrival and await the test results in the accommodation. 

    • Taking additional RT-PCR tests as per the following requirements: 

      • Travelers with the length of stay of fewer than 7 days are required to take another test on Day 6 or 7, or as per the MoPH's guidelines. 

      • Travelers with the length of stays between 10-14 days are required to take the second test on Day 6 or 7 and the third test on Day 12 or 13, or as per the MoPH's guidelines. 

    • In the case that travelers are tested positive for COVID-19, travelers will be referred to specified healthcare facilities for medical treatment, for which the expenses must be covered by the required insurance. 

  5. If tested negative for COVID-19, travelers can go anywhere in Phuket. 

  6. Travelers with an intended length of stay of fewer than 14 days must leave Phuket (Thailand) immediately on an international flight to another country on or before their intended departure date. (see FAQs) 

  7. Travelers who have completed 14 nights in Phuket will be allowed to continue their journey to other Thai destinations. 

How can Trawick International Help You Enjoy Phuket? 

Trawick International offers multiple travel insurance plans that provide over $100,000 in travel medical benefits.  Contact us today to get a quote so you can enjoy Phuket! 


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 20 Jul 2021

"Best Of" Travel Insurance May 2021

Trawick International Best Travel Insurance 2021

This is not an article on a great 80’s martial arts movie but a blog post to discuss how Trawick International has taken the travel insurance industry by storm during one of the most difficult years for an insurance business.  Over the past year, we have implemented a strategic growth strategy focused on growing our organization's capabilities and focusing on our most important asset, our customers.  Due to our hard work client-centric approach, the industry has taken notice and we have been awarded numerous prestigious industries awards from Forbes Advisors. 

In total, we received top honors in four different categories by Forbes Advisors for this calendar year.  Each award type was based on Forbes Advisors’ rigorous, data-driven methodology.  We as an organization could not be prouder of the accolades but realize we could not have done this without our customers' trust and belief in our services.  Everything we do at Trawick International is based on our pledge to our customers: Our promise to our customers is to provide affordable travel insurance products that meet clients' needs traveling domestically or internationally.  We will continue to provide the best possible customer service to each and every person so they can focus on traveling worry-free, wherever they may go. 

Best of May 2021 Awards

Forbes Advisor awarded Trawick International top honors in their Best Travel Insurance Companies list for consumers. Out of 15 travel insurance companies ranked by the financial news outlet, Trawick International came in first, based on Forbes’ rigorous, data-driven methodology.  The scoring criteria were based on each plan’s coverage for Covid-19; benefit levels for baggage, trip delays, and cancellations; coverage for medical expenses and emergency medical evacuation; and the option to cancel for any reason. 

Best Senior Travel Insurance Plans May 2021 

Trawick International was ranked as one of the top provider’s senior travel insurance by Forbes Advisors compared to 24 other insurance providers' plans.  The travel insurance plans were rated by coverage for medical expenses, medical evacuation, travel delays, and baggage. 

Best Cruise Insurance Plans May 2021 

Once again, Trawick International was awarded top honors for our cruise insurance plans by Forbes Advisors.  We were judged against 24 other insurance providers' cruise insurance plans based on the plan's coverage limits of $100,000 in travel medical coverage and at least $250,000 in medical evacuation. 

Best Cancel for Any Reason Travel Insurance May 2021 

Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) travel insurance is one of the most elusive policies for travelers to procure. We are extremely proud to offer this increasingly popular benefit to our customers and be ranked as the top provider by Forbes Advisors.  The scoring criteria for this award were based on plan benefits offers, which we are proud to say are the best in the travel insurance industry.  If you are not familiar with CFAR, this plan benefit allows you to cancel your trip up to two days before you are scheduled to depart for your trip for any reason.  Our plan allows up to 75% of reimbursement to customers for the pre-paid parts of their vacation. 

Work With The Best 

Trawick International wouldn’t be here today if it were not for our customers, who time and time again rely on us to provide them with the necessary insurance offerings so they can travel worry-free domestically and internationally.  If you are interested in working with Trawick International, contact us today! 


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 Jun 2021

Italy Travel Information

Italy Travel Information 2021

Italy has reopened its borders for international tourists!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • You must be fully vaccinated.

    Vaccinated travelers will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test before initial departure and again on arrival to Italy. Yes, you read that right. Even if you are fully vaccinated, you must still provide negative test results multiple times before entering the country. 

    According to the country's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luigi Di Maio, this will prevent travelers from ever going into a quarantine-type situation while traveling. 
  • You must arrive in Italy on a government-approved “COVID tested flight.” 

    Right now, the only two airlines offering these flights are Delta and Alitalia. These flights include departures from New York and Atlanta to Rome and Milan. 

When should you travel to Italy

The best time during the year to travel to Italy is from April to June and mid-September to October. During these months, temperatures are usually comfortable, rain is not likely, and it will not be so crowded (unless it is during a holiday). The summer months from July to early September are usually hotspot times for tourists to visit. 

August is said to be the worst month out of the year to visit Italy. Temperatures are at their hottest, and the entire country seems to be closed due to locals taking their vacation time. Many shops, restaurants, and some family-run hotels will be closed, making traveling inconvenient and lackluster. 

Places to visit in Italy

You can’t miss the top 3 spots while visiting Italy, including Cinque Terre, Florence, and Rome. 

Cinque Terre is a stunning coastal area of northwest Italy within Liguria. It includes a picturesque town built right into the side of a cliff, with colorful terraces on the rugged landscape overlooking the Ligurian Sea. You could easily call Cinque Terre one of the “most instagrammable” places in the world. Say for sunset and you will not be disappointed! 

Next on the list of can’t miss places in Italy, we have Florence

The number one most iconic thing to see in Florence is the Cathedral of Florence, formally known as the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore. With some of the most intricate architectural designs globally, you will never find a dull building here. 

Bring your most comfortable shoes for this trip because, in Florence, you will be doing a ton of walking and hiking up a ton of stairs. From the various museums and art exhibits to climbing to the top of Duomo, you will surely get your steps in each day. 

Last but certainly not least, we have Rome

This will be the city you might want to spend most of your time in due to the number of things you can see and do here. Arguably the most iconic site in Rome is the Colosseum. As the largest ancient amphitheater ever built, it was used for many things, including gladiator contests and Roman drama plays. This magnificent building was completed in 80 AD and still stands today. 

Another piece of Rome you cannot miss is the Trevi Fountain. It is one of the most visited and most famous fountains in the world. It has appeared in many notable films and is a great spot for taking photos and making a wish or two! 

This country has so much to offer. It’s no wonder tourists flock in from around the world. From gorgeous cities, ancient ruins, and excellent museums to spacious mountains, stunning beaches, and iconic architecture, you will never be bored on your trip here. 

Prepare for your trip to Italy

With travel being so uncertain these days, the most important thing you can do before your trip is to protect your trip. Our Trip Cancellation plans protect the prepaid, nonrefundable trip costs in the event you are unable to travel for many unforeseen circumstances. For a fraction of your trip cost, you can alleviate the risk of losing money if something unforeseen gets in the way. 

Another option is to buy Cancel For Any Reason coverage. This is a highly sought-after benefit that not many other travel insurance companies offer. Having this coverage truly can cover you for just about anything before your trip. As international trips can be very pricey, this is a good option for people who are still unsure about certain travel restrictions or people who have previous health conditions. 

 


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 28 May 2021

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

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