H1N1 Flu Scare Prompts Questions

H1N1 Flu Scare Prompts Questions Why not optimally protect our front line emergency personnel? Irvine, CA – May 6, 2009 — Front line laboratory, medical, and civil service personnel are critical to the containment and cure of the virus. While out there working to save our lives, are they deployed with proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to keep them safe? Or, are they only minimally protected due to out-of-date information? News reports everywhere are full of images of people wearing simple masks. Some are N95 respirator masks. Rarely, as recently in some AP photos (right), do we see use of […]

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Common information for Schengen Visa Applicants

If you intend to transit through or visit several Schengen states (Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway) for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes you have to obtain your Schengen visa from the Consulate of the country of your main destination. If your main destination cannot be ascertained, the country you first enter is responsible for granting your visa.Schengen visas for stays over 90 days are not available. It must be noted that the border authorities are entitled to examine whether, at the time of entry, the […]

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What are the documents required while applying for the Schengen visa?

2 application forms (completely filled in) with photograph. Valid passport (validity must extend until at least 3 months after the end of the planned journey). Copy of itinerary with confirmed reservation, airline ticket to be presented prior to issuance of visa. Proof of sufficient means of support e.g. bank statements, proof of income or an invitation letter and sponsorship declaration from your relatives / friends in a Schengen country. Letter from your company giving details about your business trip. Proof of health insurance cover for your stay in the Schengen area to be presented prior to issuance of visa. Visa […]

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What are the different types of Schengen visa?

Transit visa: This visa allows you to pass through one or more Schengen member states on your way to a country outside the Schengen space. This visa can be valid for up to 5 days.Validity: 1 to 5 days Number of entries authorized: 1 or 2 Airport transit visa: This visa allows you to transit through the international zone of a French airport with no access to the Schengen space, before flying on to your final destination. Short stay Schengen visa: This visa allows you to travel freely within the Schengen Space, including France, and spend a maximum of 90 […]

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What is financial default coverage?

The Financial Default protection benefit is part of the Trip Cancellation/Interruption benefit. Financial default coverage applies if the airline, cruise line, or tour operator goes out of business and you are unable to travel or suffer financial loss. In order for this coverage to apply, coverage must be purchased within 7 – 21 days (depends on company) of the initial deposit. After determining if you qualify for the benefit, some of the plans have 7-14 day waiting period before the benefit would become effective. Additionally, this benefit would be only available if the airline, cruise line or tour operator was […]

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Is there any company that provides travel insurance to cover loss of frequent flyer program miles, should the airline go out of business or if I am unable to re-instate them in the event of cancellation of a trip?

No, there is no company in the travel insurance industry that will cover loss of frequent flyer points or miles. Travel Insured will reimburse the penalty fee to return tickets back into the point program.

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