15 August 2013: SITUATION IN EGYPT
On 14 August the Egyptian military moved to disperse protesters in Cairo resulting in further protests and rioting in towns across the country. A month long state of emergency has been declared and a night curfew imposed in a number of areas including Cairo and Alexandria. A further escalation in protests is anticipated within the next few days.
Our security advisers Red 24 advises the following:
Red 24 advises clients to avoid travel to Egypt due to ongoing political instability and civil unrest. This advisory excludes the Red Sea, South Sinai and New Valley governorates. Persons in Egypt (excluding the South Sinai, Red Sea and New Valley governorates), particularly those in the country in a non-essential capacity, are advised to consider departing the country where safe to do so, as a precaution.
The University Insurance team advises that where our travellers need to leave the country due to their safety they must contact the emergency provider. For callers outside the UK +44(0)20 7173 7797 and quote the reference 13-PAT-0000002033 for assistance.
If you have planned a trip to Egypt in the near future – should you still wish to travel - you will need to reassess the situation and provide robust revised risk assessments for further approval from your Head of Department and University Safety Office.
24 July 2013: Insurance Renewal 2013-14
The University renews its insurance policies on 1 August 2013. Please refer to the Confirmation and Summary of Cover 13-14 (36kb) for details on the Travel Insurance policy for 2013/14. Please note, Emergency Contact details have not changed.
20 June 2013: EHIC Cards: Procedure for refusal of acceptance
There has been some mention in the media of hospitals/clinics' refusal to accept the EHIC Card in some participating EEC countries.
If an EHIC Card is refused as payment by a hospital - do not offer your credit/debit card as payment, but immediately contact the emergency provider, who will be able to provide the promise of payment or direct you to a hospital/clinic who will accept such proof of reciprocal arrangement.
18 April 2013: Travel Insurance: New areas requiring referral
Due to their trade restriction policy, the University's broker has been prohibited from placing travel insurance for trips to:
- North Korea
- Myanmar (Burma)
If you or any colleagues are planning travel to any of these areas please contact the Insurance Team on telephone 01865 (6)16078 immediately, to enable us to place cover for you.
Due to the level of risk, please refer all travel to the following countries to the Insurance Team:
The Insurance Team can arrange travel insurance for any University employees, students and volunteers travelling on University business.
The University Travel Requests page provides a quick way of getting travel and accommodation quotes from the University's travel agents.
Please note that special terms apply to travellers who are abroad for longer than a year. Please contact the Insurance Team for details.
If you are planning a trip or fieldwork, or you are a supervisor or expedition leader, the University Safety Office offers several training courses presented by qualified instructors:
- Fieldwork Safety Overseas
- Emergency First Aid for Fieldworkers
- Fieldwork Planning and Supervision
- Fieldwork Safety in 'Urban' Environments
The courses emphasize the practical application of the risk assessment and the planning process.
The University Occupational Health Service can advise on the health risks associated with travel to your field site/country.
For further information on how to arrange cover, please use the links below.
- Who can be insured?
- What is insured?
- How to arrange insurance - Employees, Students and Volunteers
- How to arrange insurance - Clubs and Societies
- How to make a claim