Yellow fever/vaccines


May 6th, 2004, 04:13 AM
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Cronen -

Re trip insurance, yes, is a good site, but you have to read thru the various policies and the exclusions. At one time we used CSA as they were the only ones, at that time, who broke down the premiums by ages of the traveler - now most of the others do the same. And on my last trip I used Access America. So you have to go thru all - call them for clarification, and since you have time, have them send you the documentation as you have time before you depart, and then ask more questions.

You must check with your home insurance company what if anything they cover overseas, and if they do, do you have to pay first and then be reimbursed and if any deductible (as mentioned by another poster).

Bankcruptcy is another issue, but many companies are not covered -whether it's airlines, hotel chains, tour operators, etc. - the insurance companies have a select group in these categories that are covered - more such companies are no covered. For the small fee it is certainly worth paying for the Flying Doctors Service in East Africa. Just make sure you have sufficient evacuation insurance, minimum $50K each and more if available and if you can afford.

It can seem overwhelming, but I'm sure you'll get thru the various offerings. But you should have cancel and interruption (should something occur while already on vacation). We've never had to use any insurance on any trips, but would't consider traveling outside the States without.
As inoculations and malaria meds, trip insurance is just another cost to be included in the budget when planning.

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May 6th, 2004, 09:49 AM
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Sundowner: Interesting .... I checked three times with my insurance company and each time was the same response. No deductibles, etc. that we would just have to initially incur the cost but would be completely reimbursed. As a matter of fact, I called again just a week ago to see if anything had changed (this would be in preparation for our trip in Oct), same answer!
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May 6th, 2004, 10:37 AM
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SusanLynne - lucky you! Of course, may good fortune smile on all of us and no one needs to use it.

I am on an Aetna PPO and that's what they told me. There are probably 100's of Aetna policies and they are all different in some way. Just as long as you know in advance.
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May 6th, 2004, 01:42 PM
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I just called the Tanzanian Embassy in Washington D.C. today and was informed they are no longer requiring yellow fever certification. My husband's question to this was "O.K. so the embassy in D.C. knows this, but what about the border employees?" Has anyone else heard this? I also went on their site and there is no mention of the yellow vaccine requirement or any health issue.
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May 7th, 2004, 04:45 AM
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Cronen - Hubby asked the right question "what about the border patrol guys" - but I would also contact Vintage and ask them what the current situation with visitors crossing the border, especially at Namanga.

It would sure be a relief if these inoculations are not required, but did you double-check with the Kenyan side? You don't want to be fine with one country and not the other - I can just picture you with one leg on each side of the border! LOL!

Let us know what is the final disposition.
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