Comprehensive medical and travel insurance is a very important requirement when travelling abroad. Private medical care is fairly costly in South Africa and most will require payment up front for any services rendered. It is vitally important to check with your medical scheme or health plan before travelling, whether you are covered abroad in the event of any medical attention that may be required. Your plan may not cover you abroad, and extra medical insurance will be needed.
Travel insurance will also cover you for any losses which may be experienced in the event of a theft. Please contact your short term insurer regarding the conditions of your insurance policy when travelling abroad.