Starr Companies Expand Travel Insurance Services to Cuba
February 16, 2016
Starr Companies has expanded the availability of its travel insurance
and assistance services for travel to Cuba. These plans provide trip
cancellation and trip interruption insurance as well as accident and
sickness benefits. In addition, the plans provide the coordination of
medical and assistance services for travelers during their travel and
visit to Cuba.
“With the easing of travel restrictions to Cuba, we expect that an
increasing number of U.S. citizens will visit the country. Starr is
offering plans that meet both traveler demand and the U.S. legal
requirements,” says Bridget Whalen, vice president at Starr.
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The Cuban government requires all individuals traveling to Cuba to have
travel insurance or a medical policy that covers medical expenses that
may occur while traveling in Cuba. All medical bills must be settled
prior to leaving the country. Medical facilities in Cuba do not accept
health and/or medical insurance plans, U.S. currency, credit cards or
checks issued from the United States.
Starr’s travel assistance services are provided by Assist Card, a
subsidiary of Starr. Assist Card is a global provider of emergency
travel assistance, medical coordination and concierge services to
travelers. The organization has a global network covering more than 190
countries, including Cuba.
Whalen said Assist Card has the ability to directly dispense payments to
medical and assistance service providers in Cuba.
Global travel insurance plans are not limited to Cuban travel and are
available through Starr Indemnity & Liability Co. for third
country-nationals and United States residents who are authorized to
travel to Cuba, subject to general or specific licenses from OFAC.
Starr Companies is the worldwide marketing name for the operating
insurance and travel assistance companies and subsidiaries of Starr
International Company, Inc. and for the investment business of C.V.
Starr & Co., Inc. and its subsidiaries. Starr provides property,
casualty, and accident & health insurance products as well as a range of
specialty coverages including aviation, marine, energy and excess
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