Nepal earthquake: information for BMC insurance holders affected

Posted by Team BMC on 29/04/2015

Following the recent earthquake tragedy in Nepal, the BMC has been working with its insurers (ProSight Specialty Insurance) to attend to BMC Travel Insurance policy holders requiring evacuation from Everest, Kathmandu and other affected areas in Nepal.

The level of damage that has occurred in Nepal is unprecedented as this is the first major earthquake suffered in the region for 80 years. 
 
Emergency services have been stretched and as such individual needs are being prioritised according to severity.  Those with life-threatening injuries are being given priority followed by those with injuries but who are in a stable condition.
 
Those who are in Everest base camp and are uninjured will be evacuated as soon as transport becomes available.
 
Please note the following advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office “The FCO advises against all but essential travel to Nepal.  If you’re in a safe place, you should stay where you are until it’s safe to leave. You should follow any advice provided by the local authorities. If you can leave Nepal safely then you should do so.”
 
In the event that you are uninjured, and in no immediate danger, but choose to curtail your visit to Nepal, our policy will respond to pay up to £2,500, as per the policy terms and conditions, for costs that the policyholder has paid or is contracted to pay and cannot recover.  
 
Given the exceptional circumstances, each claim will be considered on its merits but we must stress that only irrecoverable costs are insured and all claims must be fully supported by documentation.

If you are a BMC member currently in Nepal who has bought cover after 12/01/2015 and is in need of assistance please contact Specialty Assist for advice on +44 20 7902 7405.

If your travel plans to Nepal have been affected and you are in the UK, or you have arrived back in the UK from Nepal and need to made a claim, please contact the claims department on 01623 631 331.



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