All non-UK visits require adequate travel insurance. The University's travel insurance is provided by UMAL and Canopius. It is designed specifically for our needs and provides you with the following services:
- emergency travel and medical assistance
- travel security advice and alerts
- health information
- destination guides
You will be sent your insurance details when you submit the travel application form.
Do check what is covered by the insurance and, if you have any concerns, speak to the Insurance Officer. For example, are you planning any hazardous activities or visits to hazardous areas? Do you have any medical conditions that may affect cover?
Don't assume the insurance company will be able to help you out of all situations, check for instance the non-medical costs in connection with COVID-19 e.g., where additional accommodation or travel costs are incurred. You may also need access to cash to cover emergency vehicles and hospital treatment costs whether or not these are related to COVID-19. Insurance companies can rarely access local services which you may need in the first instance, so if you are travelling to more remote areas, research availability and suitability of local hospitals, and/or emergency vehicles (e.g., helicopters) as part of your trip planning.
Further requirements for insurance cover
For the majority of overseas visits, the Insurance Officer will confirm that insurance is in place and provide you with our insurer's emergency contact details. There are additional requirements for certain visits considered to have a higher health, safety and security risk. The section below University requirements for travel to high and extreme risk locations should be used to provide further details on these requirements.