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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

How Travel Insurance Is Impacted By Relationship Status

Travel Insurance Eligibility Explained

2020 was a year to forget for travelers.  The COVID-19 global pandemic significantly hampered travel last year because many countries closed their borders to international tourists to stop the spread of the virus. As a result, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) reported that global tourism suffered its worst year on record in 2020, with international arrivals dropping by 74%.  Destinations worldwide welcomed 1 billion fewer international arrivals in 2020 than in the previous year. 

With summer travel season quickly approaching and more international destinations opening up for travelers abroad.  A recent Forbes article stated that America’s largest city would drop restrictions on restaurants, retail, stadiums and other businesses by July 1, 2021.  The loosing of regulations will make it the ideal tourist attraction for domestic and international tourists.  Please remember that New York City was locked down in March 2020 before suffering the worst Covid-19 outbreak in the nation. Since then, New York has been under some of the strictest Covid-19 regulations in the country to combat the pandemic. 

Another popular destination for international travelers across the globe is Italy.  As noted by Travel Agent Central, Italy is ready to welcome back visitors from across the world, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said after a G20 tourism ministers meeting in early May.  If you remember correctly, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020, New York and Italy struggled with containing the virus. So to see both destinations recover and preparing to open for tourists shows just how far the world has come against the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Are you required to buy travel insurance?

Travel insurance can be a requirement depending on the country your planning on visit and even if it’s not a requirement, it’s still a good thing to have.  Travel insurance can protect your investment in your trip and provide additional benefits such as protection for lost luggage and protection for unforeseen events like the death of family members and many other items covered under your policy. 

Not all travel insurance providers are created equal

Trawick International does not care about your relationship status.  So if you are married, in a domestic partnership or just in something complicated, you and your partner are eligible to receive coverage from Trawick International.   If you can provide the following information, such as evidence of cohabitation, shared financial assets and obligations for at least the previous six months and an affidavit of domestic partnership, if recognized by the jurisdiction within which you reside.  You and your significant other will be able to have all the benefits available that are offered on the Trawick International insurance plan. 

Get a quote & buy travel insurance

2021 is the year of the comeback for travel, especially with the exciting news from New York and Italy.  Just remember, before you take a bite of the big apple or navigate the canals of Venice, make sure you speak to us at Trawick International to receive a customized travel insurance plan that meets you and your partner's 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 18 Jun 2021

Hawaii 10 Day Quarantine

avoid the 10 day quarantine hawaii

Don’t Be Stuck Quarantining in Hawaii for Ten Days Because Of COVID-19

Hawaii is one of the most popular travel destinations for U.S. residents and international travelers. Hawaii offers terrific nightlife, beautiful beaches, jungles, and active volcanoes. It’s a top-rated honeymoon destination, but many don’t realize that Hawaii is made up of over 132 islands. Only seven islands are inhabited: Hawaii (also known as the Big Island), Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Oahu, Kauai, and Niihau.

To visit the Hawaiian Islands, travelers must be in full compliance with the state's travel regulations. You must self-quarantine for ten days when arriving on one of the beautiful islands that make up Hawaii if you don’t present a negative COVID-19 test within 72-hours of traveling to Hawaii. To read the full travel requirements, please visit the COVID-19 State of Hawaii Portal.

As noted by the COVID-19 State of Hawaii portal, the negative COVID-19 test result must be uploaded onto Safe Travels Hawaii before departure or printed out before departure and a hard copy in hand when arriving in Hawaii. Additionally, The CDC Order that went into effect on January 26, 2021, does not impact the Safe Travels program. For international travelers arriving in the state of Hawaii from Japan and Canada (and Korea starting on Feb. 5), only tests from Trusted Testing Partners will be accepted for purposes of bypassing the State’s 10-day traveler quarantine. Travelers originating from any other international destination and coming directly to Hawai‘i cannot test for purposes of circumventing the State’s 10-day traveler quarantine.

The state of Hawaii does not have a travel insurance requirement to enter the state however, we highly recommend that international travelers consider purchasing a travel medical plan while visiting Hawaii or any other state within the United States. The United States does not offer universal healthcare, which means international travelers will have to pay out of pocket if they get sick when traveling and may need to see a doctor or visit the hospital. With a travel medical plan, costs associated with an illness or hospital stay can be eligible for coverage under the travel medical policy they choose to buy.

Now that all the technical stuff has been mentioned, it's time to focus on all the fun things you can do while visiting the Hawaiin Islands. As reported by the Only In Your State website, here are some fantastic sites and adventures to experience:

HAWAII ISLAND (BIG Island): Visit Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park

You absolutely must explore the Hawaii Volcanoes, National Park. A trip to Hawaii Volcanoes isn’t complete without a visit to the Kilauea Caldera, a trip down the Thurston Lava Tube, a walk through the lava fields, a drive down the Chain of Craters Road, and, of course, as much hiking as you can handle.

MAUI: Visit Ka'anapali Beach

Once the vacation retreat of choice for Hawaiian royalty, today Kaanapali is one of the island’s most popular expanses of white sands, surrounded by luxury hotels and resorts.

OAHU: Visit Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor triggered the United States’ entry into World War II. You may not have known that Hawaii was put under martial law until the end of the war. Today, Pearl Harbor houses various historical sites and is home to more than 160 commands. If you only see one thing while visiting Pearl Harbor, it has to be the famous USS Arizona Memorial.

KAUAI: Trek the Na Pali Coast

This piece of rugged Kauai coastline is said to be one of the most unspoiled natural beauties in all of Hawaii: thousand-foot cliffs are eroded to create vaulted valleys and hidden beaches. The erosion is the culprit behind one of the coastline’s other prominent features. You see, the only way to gain access is by a long, arduous hike, by boat, or via a helicopter tour. And that’s not for lack of trying – roads were once attempted, but as one of the most rapidly changing shorelines in the world, it was a futile attempt.

The Hawaiian Islands have so much to offer travelers.

Even though travel insurance is not a requirement to visit Hawaii, we highly recommend that you contact Trawick International to obtain a customized travel insurance policy that fits your needs while visiting Hawaii!


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. To become a Trawick International partner, call 888-301-9289 or email info@trawickinternational.com.

 

 

 

By Administrator at 17 Feb 2021

Costa Rica Destination Information

Costa Rica Destination Information

Things To Know About Costa Rica Before You Visit

Costa Rica is a country located in Central America that is ranked as one of the most visited international destinations. Costa Rica is a land of volcanoes, rainforests and cloud forests, huge waterfalls, and mighty rivers. This incredible natural setting makes it difficult to decide between the various activities it offers, including rafting, windsurfing, diving, kayaking, recreational fishing, and surfing.

If you are not into adventure tourism, don’t worry.  Costa Rica has some of the most beautiful beaches on both the Pacific Ocean and in the Caribbean Sea. There are over 600 beaches to visit in Costa Rica. The Caribbean region stands out for its variety of marine life and its white sand and black sand beaches.  While visiting the beaches you can try surfing, diving in clear water, basking in the sun, and hiking along the coast.  Maybe you are interested in the environment.  If so, Costa Rica's territory is divided into 29 national parks, 19 wildlife refuges, eight biological reserves.

Now that you have heard about all of the terrific sites and adventures Costa Rica has to offer, it’s time to book a trip and enjoy it.  Just remember Costa Rica’s government has new requirements for travelers from abroad.  The government of Costa Rica has implemented the following criteria for visitors abroad to comply with before entering the country:

  • Fill out the electronic epidemiological health pass form before departure

  • Not show or experience symptoms associated with COVID-19

  • For international insurance policies, tourists must present certification from their travel insurance company, issued in English or Spanish, verifying the travel protection meets the following three conditions:

    • Effectiveness of the policy during the visit to Costa Rica

    • Coverage for Medical expenses in the event of becoming ill with the COVID-19 virus while on Your trip in Costa Rica, for at least $50,000

    • Includes minimum coverage of $2,000 for Trip Delay if you are delayed in returning home on Your Scheduled Return Date. 

Our Safe Travels Voyager travel protection policy has been updated to meet these requirements.  As of October 21, 2020, the Safe Travels Voyager plan is in full compliance with the coverages needed to obtain your travel health pass.  Our travel insurance plan provides up to $100,000 for trip cancellation and includes a $250,000 per person limit for primary medical coverage. The plan now offers up to $2,000 of Travel Delay coverage to comply with the new regulations.

To get a quote or to learn more about how Trawick International is providing coverage for Costa Rica, please visit www.trawickinternational.com or get a quote below.


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. To become a Trawick International partner, call 888-301-9289 or email info@trawickinternational.com.

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