- Should I buy an annual or single trip travel policy?
- How do I know if my holiday destination is safe to travel to?
- I've booked a holiday to a destination which may become dangerous for travel and I no longer want to go there. Can I cancel my holiday with my tour operator?
- What happens if the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against travel to my holiday destination whilst I'm there?
- How can I keep track of Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice whilst I'm away?
- There has recently been terrorist activity where I'm going on holiday, but the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is not advising against travel there. Why is that?
- What happens if I'm the victim of a terrorist attack whilst abroad?
- I've decided to cancel my holiday, as I don't wish to travel due to the risk of terrorism. Can I claim under my esure travel insurance policy?
- I'm currently suffering from a medical problem. Will this be covered under my travel policy?
- I'm planning a six week holiday in Spain. Would such a long break be covered under your annual policy?
- I have four children. Do I need to pay extra for all of them to be covered under 'Family' cover?
- My partner and I live together but are not married. We also have children, so are we still eligible for the 'Family' rate?
- One of my children has turned 18 but would like to go on a family holiday this year - would they be covered?
- What happens if I have a problem abroad?
- Will I be covered for hazardous sports?
- If I apply online, will I be covered if I'm going on holiday today?
- What is the maximum age you'll cover?
- How can I pay for my Sheilas' Wheels policy?
- When and how do I get my documents?
- What if I delete the email telling me where my documents are?
- Can I have a printed copy of my documents?
- I need my documents in large print so I won’t be able to read the documents you email me. What should I do?
- How secure is my personal information?
- How do I object to receiving marketing material?
- How do I cancel my policy?
- How do I complain?
- How do I know if my cover has been accepted?
- How can I renew my policy?
- Can I renew my policy on this website?
- What happens to my Travel insurance during Brexit negotiations
1. Should I buy an annual or single trip travel policy?
The cover offered for our annual and single trip policies is almost identical. An annual policy could be more suitable for anyone who is likely to travel more once in a year.
2. How do I know if my holiday destination is safe to travel to?
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office publishes up-to-date advice on every country and whether or not it's safe to travel there.
To view country specific advice visit the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.
3. I've booked a holiday to a destination which may become dangerous for travel and I no longer want to go there. Can I cancel my holiday with my tour operator?
If the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is not advising against travel to that destination, your tour operator will contend that it's safe to travel there. Cancellation and curtailment cover does not provide cover for you not wanting to travel or not enjoying your journey
If the Foreign and Commonwealth Office changes its advice and warns against all non-essential travel to your destination, your tour operator is still not legally obliged to make any concession. However, under the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) code of conduct, you should be offered the chance to defer your trip, choose an alternative holiday or have a full refund.
4. What happens if the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against travel to my holiday destination whilst I'm there?
Your tour operator should arrange for your return immediately, free of charge. They should also reimburse you for any unused portion of your holiday. If you have not booked through a tour operator, please call our 24 hour emergency assistance on +44 (0)20 8603 9582.
5. How can I keep track of Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice whilst I'm away?
If you're worried your chosen destination may be unsafe during your stay, you can:
- Call our 24 hour emergency assistance line on +44 (0)20 8603 9582 which can be found on the back of your policy booklet.
- Check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website. https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
6. There has recently been terrorist activity where I'm going on holiday, but the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is not advising against travel there. Why is that?
Unfortunately, terrorists operate in a large proportion of the world and advising, for this reason, against travel to all these countries would inhibit world travel and disrupt normal life.
It's worth noting that the risk of being involved in a terrorist attack is very small, especially where the advice of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is taken.
7. What happens if I'm the victim of a terrorist attack whilst abroad?
As a standard feature of this policy, Medical Expenses and Personal Accident cover is provided if you are a victim of a terrorist attack. All other sections of cover are excluded.
For advice you can call the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Travel Advice Line on 0345 850 2829. This number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are calling from overseas you should call +44 1530 553424 (Monday to Friday, 8am - 8pm) and +44 2891 476754 at all other times. Alternatively, visit their website.
8. I've decided to cancel my holiday, as I don't wish to travel due to the risk of terrorism. Can I claim under my Sheilas' Wheels travel insurance policy?
Cancellation on the grounds of war or terrorism isn't covered by your policy.
9. I'm currently suffering from a medical problem. Will this be covered under my travel policy?
Our medical screening questionnaire will confirm whether claims relating to an existing medical condition will be covered on the policy. You simply need to complete an online quote or call us on 0345 604 3563 and we'll confirm whether a particular medical condition will be covered.
10. I'm planning a six week holiday in Spain. Would such a long break be covered under your annual policy?
Our annual policy can provide cover for trips of 31, 45 or 62 days duration. Please select the level of cover appropriate for your trip duration.
11. I have four children. Do I need to pay extra for all of them to be covered under 'Family' cover?
Our family policy allow for up to six children aged 17 or under and will not be charged a premium (unless medical screening is required).
12. My partner and I live together but are not married. We also have children, so are we still eligible for the 'Family' rate?
Yes, provided they are named on the policy schedule.
13. One of my children has turned 18 but would like to go on a family holiday this year - would they be covered?
Our family policies can cover two adults (aged 18 or over) and up to six of their children (aged 17 and under). If your child is 18 or over, simply choose a group policy.
14. What happens if I have a problem abroad?
We have a dedicated 24 hours a day, 365 days a year 24 hour emergency assistance line that you can contact from anywhere in the world. Simply call +44 (0) 20 8603 9582.
15. Will I be covered for hazardous sports?
Our annual and single trip policies provide cover whilst participating in some adventurous sports and these are listed in the Adventurous Sports section of the Policy Booklet. If you're taking part in any sport or activity not listed in the Policy Booklet, please contact us on 0345 604 3563 to check if you can be covered.
16. If I apply online, will I be covered if I'm going on holiday today?
Provided you buy the cover before the start of the trip, you're covered as soon as you complete your application and payment online. You can get a quote here any time up to an hour before you travel. You'll be given details of your policy number and the 24 hour emergency assistance line. Please ensure you make a note of these to take on your trip. Your policy documents will be emailed to you or if you have paid for the postage option, they will be sent to you within 5 working days so you may wish to print the Policy Booklet from the website if you want to take the full details on holiday (Please click here for a printable version of the Policy Booklet).
17. What is the maximum age you'll cover?
The maximum age for a policy is 79. If you are taking part in winter sports, the maximum age is 65 years.
18. How can I pay for my esure policy?
We offer our customers a choice of easy payment methods. You can choose to pay your premium in a lump sum by Direct Debit, debit card or credit card. Payment online is via a secure server, which uses advanced encryption technology to ensure your details are safe during transmission.
We accept the following credit and debit cards:
19. When and how do I get my documents?
Once your purchase is complete your personalised documents will be emailed to you. You can view and/or print out your documents, whichever you prefer.
You'll need Adobe Reader to view your documents. If you haven't already got it, click here for a free copy.
If you opt to receive your documents by post, your policy documents will be posted to you and should arrive in 5 days.
20. What if I delete the email telling me where my documents are?
If you accidentally delete the email with your travel insurance documents, simply call our Customer Service team on 0345 604 3563 and we will re-send the email.
21. Can I have a printed copy of my documents?
If you would prefer to receive a paper copy, please call our Customer Service team on 0345 604 3563.
22. I need my documents in large print so I won’t be able to read the documents you email me. What should I do?
We are committed to meeting the needs of all our customers. If you have a visual impairment, we can provide documents in large print, Braille or on audio cassette. Simply call our Customer Service team on 0345 604 3563 (lines open Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 9am-5pm) and we will arrange to send the documents in a format that suits you.
In addition, if you have a hearing or speech impairment, you can use Typetalk whenever you contact us (lines open Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 9am-5pm).
23. How secure is my personal information?
We use the latest encryption technology SSL or Secure Socket Layer, which protects your payment details and all your personal information. For more information on security, please visit our privacy and security section.
24. How do I object to receiving marketing material?
You can object to receiving marketing from us at any time. Please provide your details on the following online form: www.sheilaswheels.com/unsubscribe; follow the unsubscribe link in our marketing emails or SMS; or send us your name, address and date of birth via email to [email protected] or by post to: Data Protection Officer, Sheilas' Wheels, The Observatory, Reigate, RH2 0HG.
25. How do I cancel my policy?
If you are dissatisfied with the cover provided by your policy, you have 14 days to cancel from the date you receive your documents if you are a new customer or from the renewal date if you are an existing customer. As long as you have not made a trip and no incidents have arisen which could result in a claim under your policy, we will refund the premium you have paid. If you wish to cancel your policy at any other time, premiums paid will not be refunded.
If you wish to cancel your policy, please call our customer service line on 0345 605 3563.
26. How do I complain?
We are committed to providing you with a first class service, but we recognise that there may be an occasion when you feel we may not have done this and you wish to make a complaint. We will always try to resolve any complaint speedily and at the earliest possible stage. The person dealing with your complaint will be authorised to settle it on our behalf. This section sets out our procedure.
In the first instance, please call:
0208 603 9853 if it is about your claim; or
0345 604 3563 if it is about any other matter.
We will try to resolve your complaint on receipt, but if this is not possible then we will send you a written acknowledgement no later than four working days after we receive your complaint. This will tell you the name of the person handling your complaint and enclose our complaints procedure leaflet.
We will write to you to confirm our resolution of your complaint. If we have not resolved it within four weeks, we will write to you again to explain why and tell you when we expect to give you our decision.
In the unlikely event that the problem has not been resolved to your satisfaction, you may contact our Customer Relations Manager who will review your complaint and send you our final decision in writing.
The address of our Customer Relations Manager is:
The Customer Relations Manager
esure travel insurance
Travel Insurance Complaints Team,
1st Floor Maitland House, Warrior Square,
Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 2JY
If we haven't resolved your complaint within 8 weeks, or if your complaint is still not resolved to your satisfaction, you have the right to refer your complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service.
The contact details for the Financial Ombudsman Service are:
Financial Ombudsman Service
Telephone: 0300 1239 123 or 0800 0 234 567
The Financial Ombudsman Service will handle most complaints that you might have, but there are some instances that fall outside its authority. The Ombudsman's decision is binding upon us, but you are free to reject it without affecting your legal rights.
27. How do I know if my cover has been accepted?
Once you've entered your payment details, the "Thank you for buying" page will be displayed. This page is confirmation of your cover, and will display your policy number and cover start date. Your policy documents will be emailed to you or posted, if you have selected this option. The Policy Booklet is also available online.
28. How can I renew my policy?
Approximately 4 weeks before your annual policy expires, we'll send you a renewal invitation by email which will give details of how to renew and what your new premium is.
29. Can I renew my policy on this website?
Unfortunately, we don't currently offer the facility of renewing your annual travel insurance online. Instead call us on 0345 604 3563.
30. What happens to my Travel insurance during Brexit negotiations
Your travel insurance will continue to work in the normal way, even if the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) system, that allows people some free healthcare in the EU isn’t replaced.
It is important that whenever and wherever you travel that you have adequate travel insurance which covers your specific needs, including any known medical conditions or activities you plan to do. You should also check the detail of the policy around travel disruption including delays or cancellations as policies do vary.
You should keep your travel insurance documents or the emergency medical assistance contact number with you. In the event of severe travel disruption at ports or airports customers are being advised that airlines, travel agents or credit card providers would be the first port of call for financial compensation. However, there is nothing to suggest that you will not be able to continue with your holiday plans after Brexit. Even in a no-deal scenario, the European Commission has said flights to and from the UK will still be able to operate.