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Month: November 2015

Emergency Travel Information: Mali

Emergency Travel Information: Mali

Advice regarding the situation in Mali – the following applies to all MAPFRE underwritten schemes. On 20 November 2015, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) changed their advice regarding Mali.  https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mali Whilst the hostage situation is now over (as per 5.30pm GMT) advice still remains to be cautious if in the location. If you’re currently in Bamako, Mali, please contact your holiday company as soon as possible as they should be able to help make arrangements for you to return home….

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Emergency Travel Information: Brussels, Belgium

Emergency Travel Information: Brussels, Belgium

Current advice regarding the current situation in Belgium which will apply to all MAPFRE underwritten schemes. March 2016: Zaventem Airport, Brussels possible terrorist bombing Further to this, ABTA have provided the following instructions: “Following explosions in Brussels on 22 March, travellers in Brussels are advised to follow the instructions of Belgian security authorities. People who are due to travel should contact their airline or travel company for information about travel to and from Brussels.” Just as in the UK where the…

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Emergency Travel Information: France

Emergency Travel Information: France

This information relates to policies sold by EHICPlus, EHICPlus Expand, and ANZPlus. July 2016: Nice, France, Terrorist Attacks – evening of 14 July 2016 On the evening of 14 July 2016, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) changed their advice regarding Nice, France‎, ‎following the terrorist attack in Nice. “We are in touch with the local authorities and seeking more information following an apparent attack on Bastille Day celebration in Nice. If you are in the area follow the instructions of the…

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Be a culture vulture: fit an opera into your next European holiday

Be a culture vulture: fit an opera into your next European holiday

Prague, Vienna, Venice, Rome: cities we all long to tick off our bucket list. These, and many other destinations in Europe, offer wonderful places to visit during the day. But are we possibly missing a trick by not enjoying the world-class entertainment that lies behind their doors in the evening? There is possibly no better way to soak up the history of your holiday location than to spend a night at the opera. Many composers – Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and…

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The Dramatic Adriatic: the holiday islands of Dalmatia

The Dramatic Adriatic: the holiday islands of Dalmatia

As the autumn nights draw in, finding the last remnants of summer sun for a European getaway can become a bit of a challenge. It is no surprise that so many holidaymakers who choose to travel within Europe during the off-season will instinctively opt for a Mediterranean destination. With its long summers and mild winters, the sea to the south is a prime retreat throughout the colder months. Yet even the most southerly of the Mediterranean’s islands are visited by…

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It’s the perfect time to visit Palermo

It’s the perfect time to visit Palermo

Palermo, Sicily is the largest city and capital of Italy’s southernmost province. Originally founded by the Phoenicians in 734 BC, Palermo and its principal high street, Corso Calatifimi, have 2,700 years of recorded history, and the area’s archaeological sites span eight millennia. Deep and complex, Palermo is a city of ornate churches and stately opera theatres, bustling open air markets and evocative architecture. It is a city for people who love cities, and winter is a perfect time to visit….

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