Travelling to a Channel Island – don’t forget your travel insurance!
Published: 26 March 2009 By MoneyhighStreet Staff 1 Comment
Britons spending time on holiday or on business on the Channel Islands will soon need to make sure they have suitable travel insurance.
The Channel Islands have their own healthcare services, they are not provided as part of the NHS.
Since 1976 there has been an arrangement in place whereby UK travellers to the Channel Islands receive some free healthcare, although exactly what varies across the different islands.
The same applies to Channel Island residents travelling to the UK.
However, this reciprocal arrangement comes to an end on 1 April.
From this date, tourists who are ill or have an accident whilst on one of the Channel Islands will need to cover their own medical costs.
It should be noted that travellers to the Channel Islands are also not covered by the European Health Insurance Card (Ehic).
The Department of Health recommends that travellers ensure they have suitable travel insurance.
You can get travel insurance that covers you for all your travel for a year, known as annual travel insurance.
Alternatively you can get single trip travel insurance, paying for the actual time you’re away.