Missions volunteers and others contemplating a trip to Eastern Europe in the next few months would be wise to consult their insurance carriers prior to booking.
Scotty Goldman, director of the office of global missions for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions, said some insurance providers are indefinitely suspending coverage for those traveling to Ukraine, Russia or Belarus, and other countries in the region may be added to the list if the conflict continues.
“As doors open for teams from Alabama to go and assist with refugee ministry or other needs, we don’t want people to get caught off guard,” Goldman said. “Folks need to be aware and check their insurance coverage to be sure they are going to be covered in case of emergencies or other travel-related issues.”
Insurance coverage depends on the provider, but missions volunteers typically have some sort of short-term policy to cover medical emergencies or interruptions in travel, Goldman said. Often, volunteers will purchase coverage shortly before leaving but after airline tickets and lodging are booked.
“My advice is to check on insurance before you buy a ticket,” Goldman said. “You might also want to check with your personal medical insurance provider — it’s something to consider before you make a commitment.”
For additional information about missions travel, go to a18c.org/resources.
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