Columbus Direct travel insurance overview
Columbus Direct has been a travel insurance specialist for 30 years, covering more than 150 sports and activities, as well as providing specific cover for backpackers.
Columbus Direct's insurance policy is underwritten by Astrenska Insurance Limited.
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How good is Columbus Direct travel insurance?
How we analyse travel insurance
We analyse and rate 52 key elements of travel insurance policies to come up with the overall policy score. We assess how important each individual element is to travellers when choosing and using a travel insurance policy, and weight it accordingly when calculating our total policy score.
Initially, we score all of the product elements out of five, reflecting how competitive each provider is in this area compared with other insurers. Weightings are then applied to the higher and lower element scores to enhance/reduce their impact on the overall policy score.
Should you buy Columbus Direct travel insurance?
We've rated hundreds of policy details to come up with a combined expert policy score.
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In detail: every part of Columbus Direct's travel insurance rated
Table last updated in June 2021. Next update in June 2022.
To see how Columbus Direct's travel insurance compares with other policies check out our guide on the best and worst travel insurance.
Is Columbus Direct's travel insurance coronavirus proof?
We contacted 86 travel insurers and quizzed them on whether their policies cover coronavirus-related incidents.
Specifically, we wanted to know if four scenarios would be covered: needing treatment for coronavirus abroad; having to cancel because of a positive test; having to cancel because of self-isolation; or having to cancel because of government advice.
We've rated insurers' coronavirus cover, and explained what they offer, including any relevant exclusions.
Columbus Direct travel insurance: how can I claim?
For emergency medical assistance and curtailment claims from abroad call +44 (0)20 8865 1640.
To make a claim call 020 8865 1654.
If you need to cancel your trip, you should contact your travel agent and/or airline about refunds or rebooking before contacting your insurer.
You'll need your policy document when you call.
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