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Travelling to West Africa - Ebola Update

18/11/2014

We have all seen the headlines regarding the devastating effects of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. What does it mean for those who need to travel to Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea? Will your travel insurance pay for repatriation should you become infected?

If you need to travel to any of the three affected countries, you are advised to read and follow the UK Foreign Office travel advice, which is available and regularly updated here

Here is a summary of current advice for travel Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone:

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all but essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, except for those involved in the direct response to the Ebola outbreak, due to the narrow commercial options for flights and the impact of the outbreak on medical facilities.

British Airways have suspended flights to Sierra Leone and Liberia, Air France has suspended flights to Sierra Leone and some other airlines have suspended flights to all three countries. You need to consider that the narrow range of commercial flight options and restrictions on travel in the region may make it difficult to leave, particularly at short notice.

According to the World Health Organisation, the risk of infection remains low and all travellers are advised to

  • avoid contact with symptomatic patients and their bodily fluids
  • avoid contact with corpses and/or bodily fluids from deceased patients.
  • avoid close contact with live or dead wild animals
  • avoid consumption of "bush meat”
  • practise safe sex
  • follow strict hand washing routines

How does Ebola affect Travel Insurance?

If you travel to any of the affected countries to help in the relief effort, you should make sure that you are contracted to a reputable organisation that is able to provide the support and risk assessments required. The company should also deal with your insurance in this instance.

For any other travellers, if you have travel insurance, then in the unlikely event that you have followed all precautions and still contract the disease, then your insurance should cover you for medical repatriation – provided that, medically, this is the right thing to do in your case.

This product is provided to Travel Insured by goodtogoinsurance.com who are appointed representatives of Ancile Insurance Group Ltd who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority – no.471641 By clicking the box at the foot of this page, you will be taken to our dedicated travel insurance site provided by goodtogoinsurance.com where you will be able to get a travel insurance quotation and view full policy information. The quotation you will obtain is provided on a non advised basis which means that no advice is given or implied and you are solely responsible for deciding whether the policy is suitable for your needs. Contact us if in doubt or if you require advice.

This insurance would meet the demands and needs of someone who wishes to insure their trip away from their home for cancellation costs, medical expenses and other specific risks required for that trip according to their individual circumstances..


If you experience any problems when using the site, contact us on 0845 850 1066.

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This product is provided to Travel Insured by Ancile Insurance Group Ltd who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority - no.471641. By clicking the box at the foot of this page, you will be taken to our dedicated travel insurance site provided by Ancile Insurance Group Ltd where you will be able to get a travel insurance quotation and view full policy information. The quotation you will obtain is provided on a non advised basis which means that no advice is given or implied and you are solely responsible for deciding whether the policy is suitable for your needs. Contact us if in doubt or if you require advice.

This insurance would meet the demands and needs of someone who wishes to insure their trip away from their home for cancellation costs, medical expenses and other specific risks required for that trip according to their individual circumstances..

If you experience any problems when using the site, contact us on 0845 850 1066.

I have read and understood the above detail.

click here to obtain an online quote

This product is provided to Travel Insured by Ace European Group Ltd who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority – no.202803. By clicking the box at the foot of this page, you will be taken to our dedicated business travel insurance site provided by Ace European Group Ltd where you will be able to get a travel insurance quotation and view full policy information. The quotation you will obtain is provided on a non advised basis which means that no advice is given or implied and you are solely responsible for deciding whether the policy is suitable for your needs. Contact us if in doubt or if you require advice.

This insurance would meet the demands and needs of a business which wishes to insure business trips away from the UK for cancellation costs, medical expenses and other specific risks required for that trip according to their individual circumstances..

If you experience any problems when using the site, contact
us on 0845 850 1066.

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