Planning a holiday trip? Make an adventurous trip and get connected with Nature this year

 

A holiday is all about being with your near and dear ones… away from pressures of normal life… no deadlines, no social engagements and few precious moments that refresh you throughout and bring great joy to life. The trend of spending holidays on a tour is likely to accentuate in the future as many tourist choose to spend their vacations on a tour.  Making an adventurous-nature-trip could be an interesting option for you. Read on more to know about making your tour enjoyable and  successful.

1. Tune into Nature

If you’ve already visited some of those ‘most popular’ destinations then this is a time for you to try something new. Choose such a destination that allows you to get connected with nature. Go for wildlife nature camps, jungle-walks, safaris, tribal tours where you can enjoy the natural surroundings without feeling endured. 

A simple nature-walk can be relaxing yet fun while a wildlife nature camp can bring you something extraordinary. Visiting tribal areas with special guides will add value to your overall tour experience and you will also get to see a completely different human culture. If you want to know the nature better and reconnect with yourself then ‘Ecotourism’ is worth trying.

2. Are you an adventuristic type?

If true adventure interests you then you should explore a place that gives you a chance to do hiking, rappelling, river rafting, mountain biking, skiing, paragliding and other such activities.

Doing these adventures is quite challenging and you will certainly go through thrilling experiences by taking up these challenges. You can also spend a day or two in sight-seeing once your adventure ride is over.

 Traditionally, the period from November to April is known as a global peak season for tourism. You can opt for both domestic and overseas tours to implement your travel plan. India, popular for its natural and cultural diversity can be a good destination. Every region in India has something interesting to offer which will enrich your travel experience.

If you have any plans to visit a foreign destination then check out some short-listed destinations from our Travel Guide that suit to your budget, interest and needs. So, plan your trip smartly and have fun.

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Visiting Germany…

Europe Travel Guidelines: Germany

 
Germany is a beautiful country to visit, especially if you’re interested in history or knowing historical elements that make a specific region different that the others. Germany is located in the heart of Europe and May to October is the best time to visit Germany. Festivals and popular events are organized during this time. Read on to know more about life in Germany…

Germany

Germany

All visitors must have valid passports (needs to be valid for 3 months beyond the departure date). Australian, Canadian and U.S. nationals do not require a visa for a less than 3-months visit. EU countries’ visitors must have a valid national ID, which could either be a passport or some other ID. EU countries’ visitors do not require a visa at all.

  • Coastal Germany has temperate climate with warm summers and mild cloudy winters. The interiors are warmer during summers and winters are colder. Expect rain throughout the year. Carry clothing accordingly and do not forget an umbrella.
  • Although banks are shut on weekends, exchange bureaus at the airport and main stations remain open everyday between 6:00 A.M. and 10:00 P.M.
  • In Germany, it is advised that you change currencies only at the banks or legitimate exchange bureau.
  • Cash your traveler’s checks at exchange bureaus as banks would seldom accept it. Although Germans prefer cash transactions, nowadays major credit cards are being widely accepted.
  • Probably the most convenient and quickest way to obtain cash would be at an ATM.
  • In Germany, unless asked, do not address people by their first names. Also take a small gift such as unwrapped flowers or a bottle of champagne for the hostess. Make sure that you take uneven number of flowers and that they are not red roses.
  • Courtesy states that on entering stores or restaurant use greeting such as Guten Tag before asking for anything. Also do not offend the Germans by just leaving without saying anything. The phrase to be used here is Auf Wiedersehen or Tschuss.
  • Normally casual dressing is acceptable, but in theaters, opera, certain restaurants, casinos and important social functions one must be appropriately dressed.
  • Smoking is banned wherever notified, public transports and buildings. Restaurants and bars are exempted.
Food

Food

  • Food joints and restaurants offer variety of foods, which are European specialities. Try some delicious Veg and Non-veg German Cuisine with the local brand of beer available. Don’t miss on freshly baked German Cheesecake.
Local Beer

Local Beer

 

  • Shops generally remain open between 10:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M.- Monday to Saturday. The bigger stores, departmentals and supermarkets may remain open till 8:00 P.M. Countryside stores close by 6:00 P.M. and usually shut down for an hour in the afternoon.
  • If the service charge is not added to the bill leave a 5 to 10 per cent tip on the check amount. Also tip the cleaning staff, hairdressers, porters and taxi drivers in small amounts.
  • Non-EU visitors require an international driving license or an official German translation.
  • In order to hire a car you have to be a minimum of 21 years of age and require a valid driver’s license and a major credit card.
  • Germany drives on the right and overtakes on the left. Always.
  • If there are no signals/traffic police/sign indicating right-of-way, then right-of-way is always valid for traffic coming from right. This is true also for small side streets and main roads intersections.
  • German laws are very strict on drunken driving. Front and rear seat belts are mandatory everywhere. Hand held mobiles while driving are not allowed.
  • There are no tolls to be paid on the German Autobahns.
  • Radar traps to monitor speeds are frequent in Germany. Maintain speed limits while driving. Within cities the limit is 50 kph and two-lane highways 100 kph. Although most motorways or autobahns do not specify a speed limit, avoid topping over 130 kph.
  • Public toilets are easily available in Germany. They are marked as Toilette or WC. Larger cities would have spherically shaped or automatic cubic “boxes.”These toilets operate on coins of up to 50 Eurocents or even 1 Euro. Therefore keep some change handy. Also at several of these washrooms you will find attendants. Do leave small tip for them.
  • Choose the correct toilet. ‘Manner’ is for men whereas women’s toilet would have ‘Damen’ or ‘Frauen’ sign boards.
  • A comprehensive travel insurance is advised for all travelers. Travelers can either purchase it from their respective countries or from the Insurance agencies in France. Remember, doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services.
  • For medical emergencies (ambulance) call 112 and 110 for police.

(Reference resourceshttp://www.worldtravelguide.com)

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Europe Travel Guidelines: France

France

          Who is not excited to visit France?  France is officially known as French Republic and the capital of France is Paris.  Baroque architecture and Gothic Art are said to have been born in this incredibly interesting and historic land. French language, french fashion and french wine are world-famous and you should explore this classic country at least once in life. Read on to know more about France…

 

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

 Before planning a trip to France, get a detailed weather update, especially the cities you plan to cover. Find their rainiest months, average temperatures etc.

 While in bigger cities such as Nice or Paris you may get away with English, but in rural areas it is slightly difficult if you have no knowledge of French. Generally, French people regard it to be rude if you address them in English, they may not respond or pretend not to know English. So, do know the few basic and important words and carry a English to French dictionary.

– Most people would make Paris synonymous with France. Please note that apart from Paris, there are whole lot of interesting and beautiful places you may include in your itinerary-e.g. Lyon, Strasbourg, Bordeaux etc.

 – Choosing the correct rail pass is very important-it differs depending upon the number of passengers or countries or places within France that you intend to visit and save money accordingly. There is a wide variety to choose from, a brief list of which is given below- select as per your need:
a)     France Single-Country Rail Pass
b)     France Saver Pass
c)     France Youth Pass
d)     France Senior Pass
e)     Point-to-point Ticket
f)      Rail ‘N Drive Pass
g)     France ‘N Italy and France ‘N Spain Pass
h)    Eurostar (for London)
i)     Eurail Select (for adjoining 3 to 5 countries) Pass or Eurail Pass (For 17 countries).

France is undoubtedly very pretty, but be prepared to encounter and accept their negatives as well. It is fairly common to find dog litter in France-it could be the parks, sidewalks anywhere- so be careful while treading on foot.

Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa

  • Look out for “non-stop” signs on shops and restaurants as they do not shut down in the afternoon. Get the opening and break timings right for any places you will visit on your trip. Same applies for the Museums.

 

–  Carry minimal Euros from your hometown. In France you may avail them from the numerous ATMs which provide generous and best rate of exchange, you may use your credit card for the same purpose. However, do confirm it with your bank beforehand about the usability, withdrawal limit, any surcharges on foreign withdrawals etc. Never go to the moneychangers, they charge exorbitant commissions and their exchange rates are horrible.

  •  Banks are open from 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. with maybe a couple of hours break in the afternoon.
  • Make sure that your ATM pins are not over four digits as French system may not accept them. Also, they should be numbers and not letters.
  • Do carry a Five-Language Translator preferably the talking one. French is absolutely must here especially if you are on your own and need help for routes, menus etc.
  • The Electricity runs on 220 volts. Make sure you are carrying a Voltage transformer as well as an adapter.
  • In France minimum age required to drive is 18. Carry your license and proof of insurance coverage and certificate.

– Get refund on your vat payments on purchase of 1200 francs or more. The stores would furnish the forms which you deposit with the custom officials on departure. Your credit cards are refunded the amounts between 13 to 19.6 percent or you shall receive it via mail in a few days. (To avail this benefit the stay in France should be less than 6 months in case of U.S. citizens.)

  • For international calls from France first dial 00 followed by country code, area code and then the telephone number. Use calling cards or bank cards to call from public booths. Calling cards are easily available in Metros, hospitals, airports etc.
  • Using a public washroom in France is no mean task. It is slightly difficult to locate one in the first place and they can be difficult to handle ( if it is not out of service). Carry change of 5 or 10 centimes as you have to insert it in the slot for the door to open and then shut behind you automatically. Make sure you come out within 15 minutes or the doors would open automatically. Although it may be wet and slightly dirty, it is disinfected after each use.

– Better option therefore is to use a cafe (save their receipts, they have a code to let you enter the rest rooms)or mall restrooms. Now, French toilets do not have flushing at the rear- it could be a foot pedal, a chain hanging from above, at some places maybe one or a couple of buttons on top (both have to be used in order to flush) or it could be a rectangular block on the wall behind with either a pull or push option.

  • While you take a tour of France, enjoy the local food with the famous french wine. 
    French wine and food

    French wine and food

     

  • Since tips are assessed for taxation purpose under French Laws, restaurants, cafes and others levy a 15 percent service charge to your bill. You may leave additional tip of 5 to 10 percent for a pleasant dining experience. Taxi drivers expect a 10-15 per cent tip on the fares. Also tip the porters on per bag basis and room maids on per day basis.

– A comprehensive travel insurance is advised for all travelers. Travelers can either purchase it from their respective countries or from the Insurance agencies in France. Remember, doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services.

In case of any emergency, call 112

 

 

 

 

 

(Reference sources: http://www.worldtravelguide.com, http://www.discoverfrance.net/France/DF_tourism.shtml, http://www.intransit-international.com/services_french_immigration_france.html)

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Europe Travel Guidelines : Switzerland

Switzerland

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Switzerland

 

Switzerland is a great place to visit. It’s one of the most popular destinations in Europe that travelers love to explore.  If you’re planning a tour to Switzerland, make sure you know the basic rules and regulations before getting in there. Here are some handy tips:

 

Visa Overview

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  • Visitors from any other country apart from the European countries need to fulfill the passport requirements while entering in Switzerland. European Nationals except Bulgaria and Romania,  holding a valid national ID card do not need passport. Citizens from Bulgaria and Romania are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.
  •  Visitors from Austria, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal and Spain can enter in Switzerland with normal passports, expired for up to five years, providing not taking up employment, for stays of up to three months. Citizens of Germany can get in with passports expired for up to one year.
  •  Tourists and business visitors who travel repeatedly to Switzerland but stay less than three months each time must apply for a residence permit if their total stay exceeds six months within a period of 1 year.
    Visas for Switzerland  may take between 24 hours and several weeks to process depending upon the nationality of the applicant and the type of Swiss entry clearance being sought.
  •  Visa applications for short stay tourist visas and business visas must include the following:
    a)A passport from the country of residence, which is valid for at least three months beyond the duration of the grant of leave. The passport must also have at least one blank page.
    b)A fully completed application form with the appropriate fee and proof of the applicant’s occupation.
    c)Documentary evidence of sufficient funds to support the applicant for the duration of the trip.
    d)Evidence of the intention to return to the country of residence or continue to another destination
    e)Two passport sized photographs.
  •  Visitors, other than EEA state members, are advised to hold a return or onward ticket, documents for next destination and proof of financial means.
  •  Passport and visa requirements are liable to change at short notice. Travelers are advised to check their entry requirements with their embassy or consulate.

Baggage Guidelines

  • A number of regulations apply for luggage while flying to Switzerland.  You have to register your luggage before flying. Properly closed and locked suitcases or other solid sealable baggage are accepted as checked baggage for carriage.
  •  New security regulations have come into force since 2006, governing how much liquid you can carry with you when going through a security check.  These regulations apply to all persons flying to European Union countries including Switzerland.
  •  While flying to Switzerland, you have to be careful if you’re flying with liquids. Only small quantities of liquids are allowed in your cabin luggage. The term ‘Liquids’ includes syrups, perfumes, body lotions, oils, creams, hair and shower gels, semi-solid items like shaving foam and toothpaste and any other items that fall in the similar consistency.
  •  These liquids must be in individual containers with a maximum capacity of 100 ml each. All the containers carrying liquids must be packed in one transparent, re-sealable plastic bag (20 cm x 20 cm = about 8″ x 8″) like freezer bags. Larger quantities of liquids can still be carried in checked-in luggage with a capacity not exceeding one liter.
    Liquids for medicinal purposes or due to special dietary requirements, including baby food can be taken on board but make sure that make sure they do not exceed the quantity required for the flight. There is a possibility that you are asked to taste the items like baby food, if you’re carrying one with you.
  •  In case, you’re carrying medicines then you must produce a medical certificate or a prescription in your name. Fully collapsible wheel chairs for disabled persons, which are placed in the baggage compartment for space reasons are carried free of charge.
    Gas, flammable liquids, explosives, corrosive and radio-active substances, magnetized objects, poisons, matches and lighters (selected destinations only) must never be in your possession or packed in your baggage.
  •  Before you pass through the metal detector at the security checkpoint on any Swiss Airport, do not forget to take all metal items and electronic devices out of your pockets such as mobile, laptops.
    In case of the hold baggage, you should check your heavy, oversize items. Individual items may be no heavier than 32 kg each.
    In addition to the hold baggage you check in, you are entitled to take one item of hand baggage plus one personal item (eg. laptop, handbag/purse, camera) into the cabin provided they weigh no more than 12 kg.
  •  New size limit on hand luggage is specified as 56cm x 45cm x 25cm (approximately 22×17.7×10 inches).
  •  You need to inform your Airline when booking your ticket if you intend to travel with sports items such as surf boards or bikes.
    This is only generalized information and may differ from airline to airline. Kindly confirm with your airline before hand. Click here for airlines’ toll- free numbers and websites.

Prohibited/ Permitted Items

  • Weapons, ammunition, knives, toys that look similar to the real weapons such as pistols, grenades, infectious materials, caustics and compressed gasses are strictly prohibited.
  •  Food Products: Strict import sanitary conditions apply to meat and milk and meat or dairy products being imported into the European Union.
  •  Flammable items like gas, combusted liquids, explosives, corrosive and radio-active substances, magnetized objects, poisons, matches and lighters (selected destinations only) should never be carried or packed in your baggage.
  •   Edible Oils are allowed in the cabin provided they are hermetically sealed and placed under the seat in front of you. Check with your usual travel agent or the local health authorities.
  •  Perfumes and Aerosols are permitted in the cabin or the baggage hold. The maximum  weight : 2 kg or 2 items per person and 0.5 kg or 0.5 kg or 0.5 litre per item.
  •  Medical syringes are allowed only with a proof of documents and medical needs in the cabin. Disposal of the syringes is completely an individual responsibility. One should avoid leaving them aboard the aircraft.

Custom Laws

  • Items for personal use like clothing, toilet articles, sports gear, photographic and amateur movie or video cameras,  (including film), musical instruments, and camping equipment are allowed by the Custom laws in Switzerland.
  •  You can also take 2 liters of alcohol (up to 15% proof) or 1 liter of more than 15% proof. You are also allowed 400 cigarettes, 100 cigars, or 500 grams of tobacco if you’re flying in from outside Europe. Those entering from other European countries are allowed 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, or 250 grams of tobacco.
  •  Penalties for illegal drug possession are more severe in Switzerland. You could go to jail or be deported immediately.
  •  Driving while intoxicated, particularly if it results in damage to property or persons, brings swift and severe punishment involving sizable fines and possible imprisonment.
  •  A value-added tax (VAT) of 7.6% is added to bills. In addition, drivers entering Switzerland are required by law to purchase a windshield sticker for 40F, valid for travel on Swiss roads for 1 year. Stickers are sold at all Customs posts upon entering Switzerland. Before making a purchase, ensure that the shop has the required paperwork for you to make a claim. Refunds are given at main border crossings and at Geneva and Zürich airports, or you can claim later by post.
  •  Live animals – only to those destinations where valid regulations permit Some animals can be carried for applicable charges in the passenger cabin or as checked baggage in the aircraft baggage compartment, if placed in a sufficiently large and solid container with a leak proof bottom.
  •  Small animals can be carried in the passenger cabin, if placed in a container with a maximum size not exceeding a length of 48 cm, a width of 32 cm and a depth of 29 cm. Total weight of the container with an animal must not exceed 8 kg.

 

Health/ Medical

  • No endemic contagious diseases exists in Switzerland since medical care and health facilities are considered the best in world.
  •  Still, a comprehensive travel insurance is advised for all travelers. Travelers can either purchase it  from their respective countries or from the Insurance agencies in France. Remember, doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services.
  •  Also, make sure that you have adequate health insurance. There is no free state health service in Switzerland (Swiss citizens and residents are all obliged to take out some form of private health insurance) and all treatment must generally be paid for. The EU and Switzerland have a reciprocal agreement on basic health-care provisions.
  •  EU citizens should see the website of their national health system for travel advice and what the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) entitles them to in Switzerland. In the case of the UK citizens, they should check what NHS (National Health Service) provides them while in Switzerland.
  •  Some common ailments in Switzerland include symptoms of altitude sickness that leads to severe headache, dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite and lack of sleep.
  • Rabies is present. Beware of the snakes as snakebites are dangerous. Seek immediate help in case you’re bitten.
  •  In winter, higher elevations might also cause frostbite. Wet clothes, wind chill factor, and extreme cold can cause frostbite. Some people with poor circulation, such as those who suffer from diabetes, are particularly vulnerable.
  •  Snow blindness often happens in Switzerland in conditions of great snow or ice, mostly at higher altitudes. It is usually prevented by wearing dark-lensed “glacier glasses” which are of the wraparound, side-shielded variety. Wear these glasses even if the sky is overcast, as ultra-violet rays can pass through masses of cloud formations. Don’t forget an extra pair of contact lenses or prescription glasses.
  •  If you get sick, consider asking your hotel concierge to recommend a local doctor. Emergency rooms at local hospitals provide appropriate medical services.
  • Many hospitals also have walk-in clinics for emergency cases that are not life-threatening; you may not get immediate attention, but you won’t pay the high price of an emergency-room visit.
  •  If you suffer from a chronic illness, consult your doctor before your departure. For conditions like epilepsy, diabetes, or heart problems, wear a ‘MedicAlert Identification Tag’, which will immediately alert doctors to your condition and give them access to your records through MedicAlert’s 24-hour hot line.
  •  Always pack prescriptions of your medicines in your carry-on luggage, and carry prescription medications in their original containers, with pharmacy labels to clear the airport security check points. Also, bring copies of your prescriptions in case you lose your pills or run out.  Carry the generic name of prescription medicines, in case a local pharmacist is unfamiliar with the brand name.

Travel safe and enjoy your Switzerland tour. Write back to us for more travel tips…

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Components of International Student Health Insurance

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A comprehensive medical insurance is mandatory for any student planning to go abroad for higher education. You may buy insurance from the home country or avail one from the country you will be studying at. Most universities abroad grant waivers if you are carrying an insurance from home, provided they meet the requirements specified. As an Indian planning to study abroad, it is better to take insurance from home as they are more cheap than ones available abroad.

Make sure that the policy you buy in India adequately covers the university insurance requirements. We have drawn a comprehensive list of such requirements, which varies from university to university. Usually a combination of few criterion mentioned below are specified as “must” in your policy coverage.

  • The most important requirement is medical coverage, which all universities will specify. Usually the minimum coverage required is of US$ 50,000.
  • Costs incurred as an inpatient as well as outpatient must be covered by your student medical policy.
  • Many educational intitututes may require coverage for treatment of any mental and nervous disorders, including drug dependency or alcoholism.
  • Dental insurance is another main component. The amount may differs from university touniversity.
  • An accidental insurance, including death and dismemberment benefits, are must in case of college.
  • You may also require coverage of costs incurred in case of emergency medical evacuation (to a nearest medical facility or country of residence) and repatriation of remains (in case of death). The coverage amount required differs among universities.
  • Several universities may also require your insurance policy to cover any possible inter-collegiate sports injuries or such unforeseen events.
  • Again, as per requirements of universities, your policy may have to cover mammography expenses (breast x-ray) or those related to maternity, complications of pregnancy and child care.
  • Most universities require the necessary deductibles not to exceed $500. A “deductible” is the amount over and above which the insurance company starts funding the bills.

As mentioned above most universities will ask for a few or a combination of these health coverages, therefore select your health insurance policy accordingly. Do remember that since you will be traveling abroad and staying there for a considerable time, your policy must cover several other unforeseen expenses.

These include any possible personal liability, loss of passport and checked-baggage, cost of a bail bond (in case of unfortunately being arrested or detained in judicial custody), interruption in study (reimbursement of the remainder semester fee), transportation cost of an emergency visit to/from home (illness where either the student travels home or receives a family member) or other such expenses.

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Baggage policy changes in major airlines

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The following carriers have made changes to their checked baggage policies.

Air Canada

  • Effective for tickets issued on or after May 15 for travel on or after July 15, 2008.
  • Under the new policy, customers who purchase tickets on Air Canada which carry a cancellation penalty, may check one bag at no charge and a second bag for a $25 service fee.
  • The fees are assessed each way and may be higher depending on weight and dimensions of the baggage.
  • This policy applies for travel within Canada and between Canada and continental U.S. including Hawaii.

Click here to visit the Air Canada website for complete details. 

AirTran Airways

  • The new baggage rules are effective from May 15, 2008.
  • Customers may check one bag for free and a second bag for a $10 USD fee if paid through AirTran Airways’ Online Check-in or $20 if paid at the airport, then $50 USD per bag thereafter.
  • The fees are assessed each way and may be higher depending on weight and dimensions of the baggage.
  • Military personnel may check one duffel/sea bag in place of a 61-inch bag.

Click here to visit AirTran Airways website for complete details.

American Airlines

  • Effective for tickets purchased on or after May 12 for travel on or after May 12, 2008.
  • This policy applies for travel within the U.S. the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Canada.
  • Customers may check one bag for free and a second bag for a $25 USD fee ($50 USD round-trip). The fee may be higher depending on weight and dimensions of the baggage.

Click here to visit American Airlines website for complete details.

Continental Airlines

  • Effective for certain Economy fare tickets that were purchased on or after April 5 for travel on or after May 5, 2008.
  • This policy applies to travel within the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada.
  • Customers may check one bag for free and a second bag for a $25 USD fee ($50 USD round-trip). The fee may be higher depending on weight and dimensions of the baggage.
  • However, OnePass Elite members, SkyTeam Elite and Elite Plus members, Tickets issued on Y class of service, Continental Airlines Presidential Plus credit card holders and active military traveling on orders are NOT IMPACTED by this policy change.

Click here to visit Continental Airlines website for complete details.

Delta Airlines 

  • Delta has announced a new checked baggage policy for domestic tickets traveling on or after May 1, 2008.
  • Customers may check one bag for free and a second bag for a $25 USD fee ($50 USD round-trip). The fee may be higher depending on weight and dimensions of the baggage.
  • The fee will be charged to passengers if their itinerary includes segments after May 1 regardless of when the tickets were purchased.
  • SkyMiles Elite, and First/Business Class passengers are NOT IMPACTED by this policy change.

Click here to visit Delta website for complete details.

JetBlue Airlines

  • This new policy applies to customers traveling on/after June 1, 2008.
  • Customers may check one bag for free and a second bag for a $20 USD fee ($40 USD round-trip). Subsequent bags will be assessed at $50 USD per bag.
  • The fees may be higher depending on weight and dimensions of each baggage.

Click here to visit JetBlue website for complete details.
Northwest Airlines

  • Northwest Airlines has announced a new checked baggage policy for those traveling within North America.
  • This policy applies to tickets issued on/after March 29 for travel within North America on/after May 5.
  • Customers may check one bag for free and a second bag for a $25 USD fee ($50 USD round-trip). For customers checking in three or more bags, the carrier will assess a fee of $100 per bag each-way.
  • The fee may be higher depending on weight and dimensions of the baggage.
  • Silver, Gold and Platinum WorldPerks® Elite customers, SkyTeam Elite customers, and those booked in first or full fare classes (Y or B) will NOT BE IMPACTED by this policy change.

Click here to visit Northwest Airlines website for complete details.

United Airlines

  • United has announced a new checked baggage policy for nonrefundable domestic economy tickets that were purchased on or after February 4 for travel on or after May 5, 2008.
  • This policy applies to travel within the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada.
  • Customers may check one bag for free and a second bag for a $25 USD fee ($50 USD round-trip). The fee may be higher depending on weight and dimensions of the baggage.
  • Customers with Mileage Plus Premier status or greater, Star Alliance Silver status or greater, government fares, military fares, standard Award Tickets, first and business class award tickets, or first and business class upgrades granted prior to check-in are not impacted by this policy change.

Click here to visit United website for complete details.


US Airways

  • US Airways has announced a new baggage policy for tickets purchased on or after February 26 for travel on or after May 5, 2008.
  • The new policy applies to all flights within the United States, to/from Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe.
  • Customers may check one bag for free and a second bag for a $25 USD fee ($50 USD round-trip). The fee may be higher depending on weight and dimensions of the baggage.
  • Dividend Miles Preferred members (Silver, Gold, Platinum and Chairman’s Preferred), confirmed First Class and Envoy passengers (at time of check-in), Star Alliance Silver and Gold status members, active military personnel in uniform with ID, unaccompanied minors, or passengers checking personal assistive devices are not impacted by this change.

Click here to visit U.S. Airways website for complete details.

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Customized solutions for student medical insurance

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When you plan to go abroad for your studies, one of the main requirement is that of Student Travel Insurance, also commonly known as Student Medical Insurance. You cracked your University entrance exam, and now it’s time to crack this essential piece. Most of the students find the insurance aspect confusing and land up feeling lost. ICICI Lombard understands your predicament and is here to help you out. 

Our unique University Search tool gives you precisely what you are looking for. Covering more than 400 universities worldwide, we provide you the exact insurance requirement for each university. Not only this, we also tell you which plan suits the university criteria and allow you to buy it instantly online. And just in case you have any doubts and feel the need to crosscheck, we also provide the university link for you do so.  

How do you go about it? 

Simply go to our University Search tool and select the university from the drop downs. For your convenience, we have different drop downs for different countries. Select your university from the relevant drop own. You will b taken to a page which give you precise information of the university’s student insurance requirement. Side by side we also let you know whether ICICI Lombard covers it or not. The entire information is given in a table format so that it is easy for you to comprehend. You get all the information in just one glance and thus save the trouble of going through paragraphs and paragraphs of information which may become confusing.  

Not only this, we also recommend the insurance plan that satisfies all your requirement. And to save the time and hassle of actually calculating the premium online, we give you the premium in Rupees then and there! 

All you have to do is just click on the Buy Online button and get your Student Medical Insurance in just 5 minutes!  

We understand the pressure on you. And we know that time is essential. This is just one of our initiatives to assist you. And just in case you have any queries, simply chat with us (24*7) or email us.  

 

ICICI Lombard General Insurance Co. Ltd.

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