Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Rio Olympic Games visitors urged to take ‘sensible precautions’ against #ZikaVirus

News from Allianz Global Assistance.  They are a leading Canadian travel insurance and assistance provider and a company of Allianz Worldwide Partners, suggests precautions Olympic and Paralympic Games-goers can take to reduce risks and enjoy the festivities more safely.

More than 7 million tourists will head to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to enjoy the XXXI Olympic and Paralympic Games, which take place from August 5th to 20th. Allianz Global Assistance suggests some practical measures Olympic Games-goers can take to reduce risks to their health and safety, and to help them enjoy the Rio Olympic Games to the fullest. 

“Visitors from all over the world will go to Brazil to celebrate Olympic values and the achievements of the most incredible champions. Most will come back home with plenty of marvelous memories, but a few may have some unpleasant experiences. In order for the festivities to be unforgettable for everyone, there are a few precautions to be taken,” reminds Dr Laurent Verner, Group Chief Medical Officer at Allianz Worldwide Partners.

Zika and other mosquito-borne illnesses

Zika is spreading fast and, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the virus is particularly dangerous for pregnant women, as it can cause birth defects. Pregnant women should consult their family doctor before travelling to Zika-affected regions, including Brazil. 

Other mosquito-transmitted illnesses present in Brazil are dengue fever and malaria. The most effective way of avoiding any of them is to protect against mosquito bites:
  • apply repellents to both body and clothing; 
  • wear clothing that covers the arms and legs; 
  • stay indoors during peak mosquito hours, (early in the morning and at sunset); 
  • avoid areas with stagnant water;
Travel clinics can also prescribe medication to protect against malaria and dengue fever.

Infectious diseases
  • Vaccination against yellow fever is strongly recommended. Protection from vaccination lasts for up to 10 years, but must be given at least 10 days before travelling (where it is the primary vaccine) and must be spaced apart from other types of vaccine or booster shots. 
  • Standard vaccinations (diphtheria, tetanus and polio) should also be up to date; 
  • Depending on the length of stay, vaccinations against typhoid and viral hepatitis A and B, are advisable. Family doctors should be consulted for up-to-date advice.
Medical care and assistance

Medical costs in Brazil are high. For example, medical treatment for a broken leg in Rio de Janeiro could cost between $8,000 and $9,000 CAD.

Be sure to purchase travel insurance from a trusted provider, review your policy in detail and understand your coverage before travelling. 


Rio de Janeiro has a high crime rate. Visitors should avoid wearing visibly-branded clothing in the downtown area. On the beach, keep a watchful eye on your belongings and ask your companions to look after them if you decide to go for a swim. Watch out for gangs of children: a common ploy is for them to pretend to be in a scuffle, but then break apart and snatch valuables from onlookers.

Rio de Janeiro, the carnival capital of the world, is surrounded by lower-income neighbourhoods called “favelas.” If you decide to visit them, you should only do so with an official guide. 

Sun exposure

Travellers from the northern hemisphere who are not used to the strength of the sun in Brazil may not realize until too late how harmful it can be.  Over-exposure to the sun can cause fever and nausea, as well as long-term damage to the skin. To reduce the risk of damage:
  • apply high-protection sun screen; 
  • wear a hat or cap;
  • drink plenty of water; 
  • limit physical activities in the heat of the sun; 
  • use a fan; 
  • spend no more than a few minutes in the sun between 12 noon and 4pm. 
Emergency numbers in Rio de Janeiro
  • dial 192 to call an ambulance;
  • call 193 for the emergency fire and rescue service;
  • contact your assistance or insurance company as soon as possible after any incident for help and support.  
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Monday, 20 October 2014

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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Where to buy Travel Insurance?

Travel Insurance, making the right choice!

Cost is always a concern, but insurance advice is often more important than insurance price.

2 ways to buy insurance
  1. In person from a licensed insurance agent or broker
  2. Online or by phone from a licensed insurance agent, a broker or an insurance company

Get advice
You might be able to get a cheaper insurance quote online, but advice is critical. Especially if you have pre existing condition.  We would say that advise is even more then critical.  You or your family could suffer financially if you are under-insured or not fully covered.

Find an adviser or agent that specialized in travel coverage, their main job, is dealing with Travel Insurance.  Offering travel insurance, does not make you a specialist in the filed.   Get their advice on what types of insurance you need – and how much to buy. 

In most cases, the cost of the advice is built into the commission they earn on the sale of insurance to you.

IMPORTANT: Confirm if your agent is licensed, hard to believe, not all are licensed.

Happy Travelling...from #OptimalTravel !

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Looking for Travel insurance?

Who can offer Travel Insurance in Canada?

Who can sell Travel Insurance in Canada?

  • Brokers
  • Direct Agents
  • Travel Agents

Broker or Agent: What’s the difference?
  • Some life insurance agents work for just 1 insurance company.
  • Other life insurance agents work for insurance brokers who can quote prices and tell you about products from a number of insurance companies.
  • All licensed agents are trained to assess your insurance needs and must follow a code of ethics that puts your insurance needs first.
If you want to make sure you get the right coverage, we always, in ALL cases, that you speak to a LICENSED agent or broker.  

Would you let a Dr. operate you if he wasn't licensed...?  Well, we believe the same should be true in the insurance.  Why would you take advise from a non licensed provider....?

Make a wise decision, Travel coverage are not all the same!

IMPORTANT: Confirm if your agent is licensed, hard to believe, not all are licensed.

Happy Travelling...from #OptimalTravel !

Monday, 16 September 2013

What's important questions to ask, for Travel Insurance...?

** 3 questions that should be on top of your list:

IMPORTANT questions to ask when assessing a Travel Health Insurance Plan:

  • Covers pre-existing medical conditions. Get an agreement in writing that you are covered, or you could find your claim “null and void” under a pre-existing condition clause.
  • Provides direct payment of bills and cash advances abroad so you don’t have to pay out of your own pocket.
  • Covers emergency transportation, such as ambulance services and does not exclude or significantly limit coverage for certain regions or countries you may visit.
Here is a few more FAQ on Travel Insurance Coverage.

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Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Medical Questionnaire & pre existing condition in Travel Coverage

What if something goes wrong...?  

If you travel; you might want to watch!

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We believe that knowledge is Power.  

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Thursday, 5 September 2013

BEWARE: Are you travelling out of province?

When should you need travel insurance?

Every time you set foot out side your province of residence!

It’s likely, that you probably spend a lot of time, effort and money planning your next vacation, now you have to make sure that all aspects of it are covered. 

Out of province:
Every time you leave your home province.  In Canada, most provinces have an agreement to accept out of province health plan.  But if you are travelling in Quebec, expect to have to pay for expenses out of pocket, and then get reimburse.  To be noted that NOT ALL expenses will be reimburse, and you will be responsible for the balance.

So, no need to find that out on a trip.  Either you are leaving for 1 day or 6 months, no need to take the risk.  

Medical Travel Insurance coverage is a must, every time you travel!  Not worth the financial risk!

Happy Travelling...from  #OptimalTravel !