If you are one of the estimated 20,000 England fans expected to be in South Africa for the World Cup this summer, AXA is offering some advice:
Drinking excessively or taking drugs is not only a threat to your health and general wellbeing but could invalidate your travel insurance cover. Every year there are incidents of travellers who come to harm as a result of over-indulgence and find that they cannot claim on their insurance because they were over the limit. Enjoy a drink but do not over do it.
Be aware of other potential health issues. Generally, tap water in South Africa is seen to be safe to drink but other potential hazards include the sun (even in winter months there can be quite a lot of it), food from street vendors, HIV/Aids and in some outlying areas malaria is a possibility.
If you are planning on incorporating some other activities into your trip then make sure you're covered under your insurance. The coast of South Africa may be great for cage diving with Great Whites, or trying your hand at a bit of kite-surfing, but check your insurance policy allows for these activities.
Keep your insurance details to hand. If you need medical attention you may need to present these.
Travel health insurance: News update: 13 April 2010