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Travel Insurance for Iran
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Hi there

Can you please advise if there are any specific requirements when arranging travel insurance for Iran?

Thank you
Sandra
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Post: #2
Hi Sandra,

We haven't be advised that you require any additional cover however, when buying your travel insurance it is worth checking that Iran is a destination covered by your policy.

Kindest regards,

Julia
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Post: #3
Hi Sandra,

I have a bog standard Aviva annual multi trip policy and before I renewed in December I carefully read the policy in there is absolutely nothing in it that excludes Iran.

When you go to the embassy for your visa as you know you must produce a copy of your travel insurance which must show you have evacuation and repatriation cover. My understanding is that this comes as standard under a good quality travel insurance product (basically, each policy is different so do check). My cover comes under the "repatriation" under the section on Emergency Medical Expenses. 

Where are you with going to the embassy? I've still to hear back from JY after sending in my education/employment history. I'm not as far down the process at this stage as what I thought I would be.

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(27/07/2017, 08:59 AM)Angie S Wrote: Hi Sandra,

I have a bog standard Aviva annual multi trip policy and before I renewed in December I carefully read the policy in there is absolutely nothing in it that excludes Iran.

When you go to the embassy for your visa as you know you must produce a copy of your travel insurance which must show you have evacuation and repatriation cover. My understanding is that this comes as standard under a good quality travel insurance product (basically, each policy is different so do check). My cover comes under the "repatriation" under the section on Emergency Medical Expenses. 

Where are you with going to the embassy? I've still to hear back from JY after sending in my education/employment history. I'm not as far down the process at this stage as what I thought I would be.

Angie
Hi Angie

I have annual travel insurance covering Europe and UK, but buy a single trip policy when I go out of Europe, which is usually once every two years, so I'm starting from scratch.
Thanks for the tips re evacuation and repatriation cover - I will look at that specifically (and Aviva).
I had thought that the travel insurance had to specify Iran on it.

As for the embassy, I too thought we would be further down the line, but since they requested all the information up front, I'm hoping that the trip to the embassy will be more of a formality and not take too long.

One thing to be aware of, I asked Just You what would happen in the event of the visa being refused and they replied that standard cancellation charges apply, so from the beginning of August that would be 50% of the cost of the holiday. Obviously, the nearer to the holiday date, the higher the cancellation charge would be, so that also adds to my concern that the visa process is not as far along as I would like.
I would not be happy to get to August, have my visa declined and then lose 50% of my hard earned holiday money and the embassy has not issued an authentication number yet.

Sandra
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(26/07/2017, 05:18 PM)Julia Wrote: Hi Sandra,

We haven't be advised that you require any additional cover however, when buying your travel insurance it is worth checking that Iran is a destination covered by your policy.

Kindest regards,

Julia

Thanks Julia.
I will do a bit more investigating.
Sandra
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Post: #6
(26/07/2017, 05:18 PM)Julia Wrote: Hi Sandra,

We haven't be advised that you require any additional cover however, when buying your travel insurance it is worth checking that Iran is a destination covered by your policy.

Kindest regards,

Julia

Hi Julia
One other question - is the September 2017 Iran trip running? If so, have the visas been obtained from the embassy yet?
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Post: #7
Hi Sandra,

The September trip has been given the green light to go ahead.

In terms of the Visas, our team have applied for the authorisation code. As soon as this has been received, we'll be contacting our customers with instructions and an application form so they can arrange their own visa direct with the embassy in London.

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Julia
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Post: #8
Hi Sandra,

It did go through my head on Saturday when I paid the balance of the holiday I hope I get my visa ok. I'm worried I go all the way to London and get one little thing wrong and I need to go back ... and also maybe be declined.  I'm not letting it worry me too much however as I've not read any bad stories - I'm sure it will be fine -  fingers crossed!

I think with travel insurance most reputable insurers are not too fussed where you go but just want you to comply with foreign office advice which with JY we will be doing. But you do have to check the policy wording or give the company a quick call. I gave Aviva a quick call to be 100% sure and they didn't bat an eyelid on Iran as it's within my permitted territorial limt - worldwide excl Trump land.

It's less than 80 days to go. Things should be happening soon!!

I've a feeling this post is going to come out weird looking again - not sure what my mobile phone does!

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(27/07/2017, 05:09 PM)Julia Wrote: Hi Sandra,

The September trip has been given the green light to go ahead.

In terms of the Visas, our team have applied for the authorisation code. As soon as this has been received, we'll be contacting our customers with instructions and an application form so they can arrange their own visa direct with the embassy in London.

Kindest regards,

Julia

Thanks Julia

One last question.
Has anyone on the September or October trip received their authentication number from the embassy yet?

Sandra
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Post: #10
Good Afternoon Sandra,

I have spoken to our visa team and they have informed me that no one has received their Authorisation numbers yet.
As soon as we receive we will forward on the number & application form, so they can arrange their visas direct with the embassy.

I hope this helps.

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Mildred
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