Tenerife Health &
Your guide to health and travel insurance in Tenerife. Insider information from people who live there.
Travel insurance is a very important part of arranging your holiday. We have therefore searched for the most competitive and comprehensive travel insurance available from reputable companies. Our families and friends have then used these companies to try out their customer service and reassuring cover. Both of the companies rated well with Columbus Direct offering the best service and cover at a good price.
Both these companies offer very good rates for a wide range of cover including cancellation of your holiday, travel delays, loss of baggage, money, personal accident, personal liability, legal expenses and most importantly medical cover.
Columbus Direct is the best known brand in the travel insurance market with Customer satisfaction and value for money being a priority. They pride themselves on providing a quick, efficient and hassle-free service. Highly Recommended.
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Essential Travel Offer their customers a simple, yet comprehensive, range of insurance services, at prices that offer excellent value for money.
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Travel Insurance Essential Tips
Before travelling to Tenerife it is advisable to apply for a EHIC card which will entitle you to free or reduced-cost emergency medical treatment. Be aware that this is only minimal cover for emergencies only and even in these cases it may not cover all costs and it never covers the cost of taking you back to the UK for treatment.
If you feel unwell during your stay in Tenerife then a visit to the local chemist (farmacia) would be advised. The people are well trained and most speak English. The chemists here are indicated by a big green cross outside.
If you need to seek the advice of a doctor or be admitted to hospital whilst on holiday here, then you will need to take along your passport and health insurance documentation, which you must always arrange prior to your holiday. You may be expected to pay the doctors fee, which they will give you a receipt for so you can claim it back from your insurance company once home. The hospitals however will usually bill the insurance company direct and as long as you have taken out insurance, these private hospitals are very clean and organised. They are sometimes nicer than your hotel room, with private room with en-suite, television and fresh flowers.
Remember to inform the hospital staff on arrival of any medical condition you may have and of any medication you are currently taking. It is always advisable to have this written down and kept with your passport and insurance documents.
If you take any type of prescription medication, ensure that you have an adequate amount to cover you whilst on holiday. There are many medicines that cannot be obtained from chemists here as they are in the UK. Check with your doctor that the medication you take is allowed through customs, as it may be that you need a letter from your doctor to accompany your medication.