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Offline Snoozy

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Travel insurance
« on: April 24, 2008, 07:58:22 pm »
When we went to the UK on working holiday, it was a requirement to have travel insurance for the term of the visa. Is this by any chance also a requirement to enter NZ? Assuming we initially go on work permit and then get PR once that comes through (assume 9 months later or so), would you recommend we get some sort of travel insurance?

Would our Discovery Medical Aid cover us for the first few days, or can we just as well cancel that with effect from the date of departure from Oliver Tambo International?

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Re: Travel insurance
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2008, 10:22:08 pm »
travel insurance if not compulsory that I am aware of?

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Re: Travel insurance
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Offline marillac

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Re: Travel insurance
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2008, 09:11:30 pm »
Just saw this thread...
Dont know about discovery, but work for another medical aid and in terms of members going overseas they are advised to have international medical insurance until they can arrange some sort of medical cover overseas. O0

eg.  we have a lot of students from the big audit companies we service, that go on 3 month secondments to the UK. They could join the NHS (National Health) and therefore we didnt advise them to get travel insurance because on our particular medical aid NHS is recognized as acceptable cover  ..... 8)

Each medical aid is different , but make sure you are covered with your medical aid's travel insurance or some other type of insurance until you are sorted for cover in your new country.... 8)
Most medical aids us either Netcare or TIC (Europe Assist).

For those that may not find work (always something to consider...... :'() and have to return to SA, if you have had no cover for more than 90 days, you may have a waiting period of 3 months imposed on you on your application to rejoin the medical aid  :knuppel2:, and possibly even a 1 year condition specific waiting period. (eg. You have xx chronic condition- they will exclude you on  any claims related to xx condition for 1 year.) :crazy2:

My 2 cents worth.......
No-one can force you but it is actually in your own best interest... ;)

Shop around and get the best insurance until you are covered and no longer need it any more...

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Re: Travel insurance
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2008, 12:18:12 am »
Thanks Marillac O0
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