If you suffer an accident or illness abroad do you know how long you have to make a claim?
Where your accident or illness occurred in your hotel or resort and you booked your package holiday with a UK Tour Operator, you have 3 years from the date of your accident/illness to bring a claim.
If your accident/illness occurred on board a boat or whilst on an aircraft, you have 2 years from the date of your accident/illness to bring a claim.
What happens if I booked my holiday directly with a foreign hotel?
If you booked your holiday with a foreign hotel then the time limits for making a claim vary depending which country your accident/illness took place. Below is a list of popular European and Worldwide destinations and the relevant time limits.
- Australia 6 years
- China 1 year
- Cyprus 3 years
- France 5 years
- Germany 3 years for most civil liability claims. However, this can vary between only a few days and 30 years, depending on the nature of the dispute
- Greece 5 years
- India 1 to 3 years depending on the type of action
- Ireland 2 years
- Italy 5 years
- Japan 3 years
- Mexico 10 years
- Portugal 3 years
- South Africa 3 years
- Spain 15 years for accidents resulting from contractual obligations otherwise 1 year
- Turkey 2 years
- United Kingdom 3 years
- United States – each state sets their own limits
If you have been injured or suffered an illness while on a foreign holiday, in any part of the world, call for a no obligation chat about your options.
Author: Kelly Homar