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Accidents abroad – how long do I have to make a claim?

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




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