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Brits Queuing to Come to Spain

in Andalucia, Spain
By Nick Nutter | 23 Feb 2021

It is turning into a long, cold, wet winter in the UK, made even more unpleasant by the travel restrictions. Traditionally thousands of people escaped at least part of the misery by going to sunnier climes. Spain, in particular Andalucia, has always been high on the list of favourite destinations. The good news is, despite Brexit and Covid, Andalucia is still at the top of many people’s bucket list. People are queuing to visit us here in Andalucia when international travel restrictions are lifted. According to Boris Johnson in an announcement on the 22nd February, this will be after the 17th May.



What Andalucia has to offer

With hundreds of miles of sunny Mediterranean coastline, and thousands of years of culture and history, Andalucia is a holiday paradise – and it is almost on the UK doorstep. Even before Covid, visitors were wanting more than just a sandy beach. Many wanted action and adventure. Andalucia with its diverse landscapes can cater for most extreme sports. Take a look at our Extreme Sports page here for some ideas.

If more academic pursuits are to your taste, then check out our Places to Go and Things to Do sections attached to each province.

Travel Insurance To Enjoy a Worry Free Holiday

What does the EHIC card cover?

A European Health Insurance Card or GHIC covers state healthcare, not private treatment. With an EHIC or GHIC you can get emergency or necessary medical care for the same cost as a resident in the country you are visiting. This means that you can get healthcare at a reduced cost or for free.



What does the GHIC card cover?

The UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) lets you get state healthcare in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. If you have a UK European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) it will be valid until the expiry date on the card. Once it expires, you will need to apply for a GHIC to replace it. GHIC and EHIC do not replace travel insurance.

Can I get travel insurance for Spain from UK?

Yes. So long as Spain is not on the ‘Covid-19 red list’ or the Foreign Office list of unstable countries, then you will be able to obtain insurance for Spain. At the moment (February 2021) Spain is considered a stable country and is not on the ‘red list’ (although Portugal is).

What should my Spain travel insurance include?

When you are choosing a travel insurance deal for your Spanish holiday, watch out for these important features your cover should include:
Medical cover Which most insurers will offer for costs up to £5m. If you have an EHIC this continues to be valid until it expires, even though Britain has left the EU, and then you can apply for a new Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) – which is free and will work in a similar way. The EHIC and GHIC are useful to have but for full peace of mind it is best to get comprehensive travel cover.
Travel Insurance Cancellation For Any Reason The uncertainties of travelling from the UK to Europe after Brexit and the dangers of being in the wrong place at the wrong time and possibly having your return delayed or your departure cancelled highlight the need for adequate travel insurance. Make sure yours allows you to cancel your holiday for any reason.
Repatriation Covers the cost of bringing you back to the UK.
Baggage cover Insures you in case your luggage is lost during your trip or any of your possessions are stolen. If you’re taking any particularly expensive items – such as jewellery – on your holiday, make sure they’ll be included in your insurance.
Passport cover Protects you against extra expenses if your passport is lost or stolen while you are abroad.

You should also keep an eye on your policy’s excess – that is the amount you will have to pay yourself towards any claim. A higher excess usually means your premium is cheaper – but make sure it is an amount you will be able to pay.

What won’t be covered in my Spanish travel insurance?

With more people wanting to be adventurous it is essential that you are covered for any extreme sports. If you plan on enjoying any physical activities while on your Spanish getaway, check that they are included first. Even if you only play a ‘safe’ sport, such as golf, then you should look at ensuring your insurance covers the extra cost of your sports equipment.

Backpacker Travel Insurance

If you intend trecking into the wilder parts of Andalucia, then consider backpacker travel insurance.



When should my Spain insurance policy start from?

When you choose an insurance policy, make sure you’re covered from the day you book your trip, not the day you actually leave. That way, you’ll be covered in case you need to cancel your holiday before you set off.

Free International Travel Insurance for Andalusia

To make your visit even safer, Andalusia provides all non-resident international travellers with free Covid insurance for stays at any type of regulated establishment in the region between 1 January and 31 December 2021.

Types of coverage and circumstances covered in the case of infection with COVID-19:
Medical and surgical cost and fees
Pharmaceutical costs related to recovery from COVID
Hospitalisation costs
Persons covered: patient and companions. "Patient" refers to the person diagnosed with COVID-19. "Companion" refers to the insured's spouse or cohabiting partner, as well as ascendants (parents, children, grandparents, grandchildren) of both members of the couple. "Quarantine" refers to the isolation of people for a time to avoid or limit the risk of spreading a disease.
Ambulance costs or transportation of the patient from the place of first diagnosis to the hospital prescribed by the attending doctor.
Costs of returning to the holiday destination from the hospital where the patient has been treated.
Repatriation by air ambulance if warranted by the emergency or seriousness of the case (Europe and Mediterranean Rim countries only). A scheduled medical flight will be used for passengers from other countries.
If a patient with COVID-19 needs to be transported or repatriated, their insured companions will also be covered by this insurance. Accordingly, the insurer will cover the costs of their transportation or repatriation, either to their habitual residence or to the place where the repatriated patient is hospitalised. The rights of the insureds' return tickets will be exercised by the insurer.
If the insureds are minors or disabled and have no trusted companion, a responsible person will accompany them to the patient's place of residence or hospitalisation.
The insurance covers the necessary arrangements in the place of the customer's death.
The costs of the companions' transportation to the place of burial are covered, and the rights of the return tickets will be exercised by the insurer.
If the insureds are minors or disabled and have no trusted companion, a responsible person will accompany them to the patient's place of residence or hospitalisation.
The insured's stay at a hotel following hospitalisation or under medical quarantine prescription is covered.
* Coverage without any age limit, excluding any circumstance known by the insured before travelling
** It is not necessary to contract the insurance, if you meet all the requirements, you are automatically covered.

That’s it. We all look forward to seeing you in Andalucia for a safe, enjoyable and worry free holiday.


The past year has thrown up serious challenges for all businesses. We are committed to helping the economy recover by maintaining this site and all its advertisers for FREE but we do need your help.
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