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Travel Safety & Terrorism in the UK

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If you’ve watched the news recently, chances are you would’ve come across the sad fact that the UK has been rocked by a series of terrorist attacks.

Starting in March, this current wave began with a horrific incident where a motor vehicle was used by an attacker to mow down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge. This was followed by the gut-wrenching bombing of a pop concert in Manchester in late May. Yet another attack was carried out over the weekend in the Borough Market area of London.  All these attacks were carried out by people purportedly belonging to ISIS.

All this has left many people asking the question “Is the UK still safe to travel to as a holiday destination?”

Despite these attacks, Smart Traveller has not changed its advice and still has the UK designated as ‘Exercise normal safety precautions’ (its safest designation) advising people to “Exercise common sense and look out for suspicious behaviour, as you would in Australia.”

Whilst the threat of terrorism remains very real both at home and abroad, the reality is the average Australian is 14 times more likely to be hit by lightning than be killed as a result of a terrorist attack.

So is the UK safe to travel to? We say yes.

However, should the worst happen, here is what you need to know.

What happens if I’m in an area affected by an attack?

You should always follow instructions provided by local law enforcement. During the attack in London over the weekend, the London Metro Police were very active in providing clear and simple instructions for those in the impacted area.

What are you covered for in the event of a terrorist act?

If you are the victim of a terrorist attack, cover is available for medical expenses incurred directly as a result of the attack. There is no cover, however, for cancellation or rescheduling of your trip as a direct or indirect result of an act of terror or threat of terror. For full details on cover, read our PDS.

What do you do if you are a victim?

Allow the local emergency first responders and medical facilities to provide you with treatment. At the first possible opportunity, call the TID Emergency Assistance team to notify them on +61 2 9234 3123. From there an Emergency Assistance case manager will coordinate your care to ensure you get the treatment and help required.

How do I make a claim?

If you are hospitalised as a result of a terrorist attack, our Emergency Assistance team will work with our Claims team to process your claim. If you are injured but do not require hospitalisation, you can submit a claim online; just ensure you keep a record of all receipts and medical certificates for your claim.

See our Guide on How to Survive a Lone Wolf Terror Attack


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