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Canada and the U.K have intimate and frequent cooperative contact with each other. Both countries have mutual migration with each other. Furthermore, Canada-UK trade has continued to grow over the years, with the UK as the most important commercial partner to Canada in Europe.

Besides trade, Canadians love to travel to the U.K. for tourism, education and several other purposes. Britain has served as a metropole that has attracted an untold number of Canadians. However, Canadian migration to the U.K. has reduced since the Canadian economy developed.

In 2009, 82,000 Canadians lived in the U.K. Besides Canadian diasporas in the U.K. and Hong Kong, Canada has the largest population of diasporas in the U.K.

When traveling to the U.K. it is important to have adequate United Kingdom travel insurance. The cost of emergency health care in the U.K. could be so high that without appropriate travel insurance, you will end up spending a lot of money out of pocket.

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Basic Information About United Kingdom

Some important information on United Kingdom Travel Insurance that we think you’ll want to know before you travel.

Name Value
Currency Pound Sterling
Official language English
Capital London
Continent Europe
Population Approx. 66 million
Plug type Plug type G, D, and M.
Driving side Left-hand side
Seasons
  • Spring – March to May
  • Summer – June to August
  • Autumn – October to December
  • Winter – January to February
Laws Local laws and customs

 

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United Kingdom Security Measures for travelers

If you decide to travel to the U.K., you are responsible for your personal safety. Our Travel Advice provides a useful guide that will help you to make an informed decision as regards your travel abroad.

Risk Level

United Kingdom – Exercise a high degree of caution

Due to the threat of terrorism, you need to exercise a high degree of terrorism.

Entry / Exit requirements

Every country or territory has the right to make decisions on who enters or leaves its borders. The government of Canada will not interfere on your behalf if you do not meet the entry and exit requirements.

The information on this page was obtained from the British authorities, however, it can change at any time. Moreover, you can verify the information with foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada.

Passport

The type of passport you use for travel determines your entry requirement. Contact your transportation company about your passport requirements before you travel.

  • Regular Canadian Passport – You need to hold a valid passport for a minimum of your expected duration of stay in the UK. This may also apply when traveling to Northern Ireland and other parts of the UK.
  • Official Canadian Passport – Different rules may apply. Learn more about official travel here.
  • Other travel documents – When traveling with an emergency travel document or a temporary passport, different entry rules may apply. Check the closest diplomatic mission for your destination before you travel.

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United Kingdom Healthcare

The UK has both private and government-run healthcare services. UK hospital facilities could have a high standard but the high standard usually comes at the detriment of cost. In addition, some hospitals may require you to make cash payments. In other words, you need to have enough money and also the right United Kingdom travel insurance to cover possible medical emergencies and accidents.

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United Kingdom Travel Insurance News

Only sixty percent of Canadians who travel out of country purchase travel insurance. 30% never purchase travel insurance and 24% believe that their medical expenses would be covered 100% if they are involved in a medical emergency while abroad.

60% of those who have travelled outside Canada in the last 3 years say they always or usually purchase travel insurance (52% say always while 8% say usually), 6 percent say they purchase travel insurance occasionally while 7% say they rarely purchase travel insurance and 27% say they never purchase travel insurance.

Of the travelers who occasionally purchase travel insurance, 44% purchase from travel agents, 13% from insurance brokers, 12% from a financial institution, 11% from an association they belong to and 10% purchase directly from an insurance company.

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UK Travel Insurance FAQ


Do you need a Visa for travelling to United Kingdom?

Tourists who wish to stay for six months or less in the UK do not require a tourist visa. However, if you are traveling to the United Kingdom for business or work, you require a work permit or business visa. Work permit or business visa is needed even if you are planning to do temporary, volunteer, unpaid or part-time work. Students also require a student visa to travel to the U.K.

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Can I buy multiple travel insurance policies?

Yes, you can buy multiple travel insurance policies from more than one travel insurance company.

Does travel insurance cover doctor visits?

Travel insurance policies in the UK cover doctor visit and other outpatient services.

Can I buy travel insurance the day I leave?

You can buy a United Kingdom travel insurance policy the day you travel to the UK, however, this feature is provided by a few travel insurance companies. Most providers only allow you to purchase coverage up to a day before you travel.

How long does a travel insurance claim take?

The time required for your travel insurance claim depends on the type of claim but if you provide your necessary document, you should receive an outcome within 10-14 business days.

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