GLOBAL RESCUE GROUP MEMBERSHIP DETAILS
NOMADIC WATERS has been partnered with Global Rescue since day 1, and because of this great relationship we have been grandfathered-in to a special group rate that is designed to fit perfectly into our Guest's travel schedule. As you can imagine during these challenging days, the world of medical evacuation coverage and trip cancelation insurance has changed dramatically. Thankfully, Global Rescue has chosen to continue with our special pricing of $95 which covers 10 days of travel.
NOTE: Medical Evacuation coverage through Global Rescue IS MANDATORY for our trip. You are welcome to purchase our group rate package, or customize your own (here). Some of our Guests already have annual memberships with GR, and that is perfectly fine. We just want to ensure all of our Guests have a plan.
OUR MOST ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q. IS THIS COVERAGE MANDATORY? WHAT DOES IT COVER?
A. HEY, that's two questions! YES, every Nomadic Waters Guest is required to have medical evacuation coverage during their expedition with us. This basic Travel Care coverage offers emergency transportation during a medical crisis to the nearest qualified medical facility deemed by Global Rescue. In their words: "Travel Memberships provide field rescue to all members and medical advisory, evacuation, and intelligence services for travelers more than 100 miles from home. Security advisory and evacuation coverage upgrades are also available."
Q. DOES IT HAVE TO BE WITH GLOBAL RESCUE?
A. YES. We have extensively researched all the qualified medical evacuation providers and to our knowledge Global Rescue is the ONLY company that has the resources and contacts to send help to our Guests deep in the jungles of the Amazon. They have a proven record and we trust them.
Q. HAVE YOU EVER HAD TO DEPLOY GLOBAL RESCUE SERVICES?
A. We did call (via our satellite phone) the Global Rescue Advisory Team for a Guest once, but we have never needed to request a rescue.
Q. WHAT IF MY TRAVEL IS MORE/LESS THAN 10 DAYS?
A. Global Rescue offers package prices of 7 days (not relevant for our trip) for $119, 14 days for $159, or 30 days for $229. More info can be found here.
Q. SO YOUR GROUP RATE IS FOR BASIC COVERAGE, WHAT IF I WANT TO STEP UP THE POLICY?
A. We highly recommend this. You can change your Travel Care membership to a customized Total Care membership here. Total Care Memberships provide 24x7 access to world-class virtual healthcare, including Urgent and Specialty consults. This membership includes all of the features of Travel Care Membership.
Q. WHEN EXACTLY DOES THIS COVERAGE START?
A. Coverage begins once you are 100 miles from your home.
Q. DOES THIS COVERAGE COST MORE IF I'M 75 OR OLDER?
A. YES. We will put you in contact with Global Rescue for a brief phone call and they will walk you through your best membership options.
Q. IS THIS THE SAME AS HEALTH INSURANCE?
A. ABSOLUTELY NOT. This coverage is all about your transportation to a medical facility. Think about the costs of sending in a medical float plane to find us deep in the jungle, this would cost a small fortune. Standard procedure for a foreigner in a Brazilian hospital is for the patient to pay for services first, and then submit those receipts to their health care provider when they return home.
Q. IS THIS THE SAME AS TRIP CANCELATION INSURANCE?
A. ABSOLUTELY NOT. This membership is solely designed for transportation during medical emergencies. Trip Cancellation insurance is completely different coverage.
IS THIS TRIP CANCELATION INSURANCE?
ABSOLUTELY NOT. This membership is solely designed for medical emergencies. Trip Cancellation insurance is completely different.
With the current pandemic, the trip cancelation insurance business has dramatically changed. Here's how we see things from an outfitter's perspective: We always recommend trip cancelation insurance, it's just the smart thing to do. The reality is that the companies who have offered these policies in the past have either closed their doors or now have high premiums.
Some Guests like to rely on insurance provided through their credit cards. We've assisted Guests in the past with these claims and to be perfectly honest, its like pulling teeth to get your money back from these companies. They are very good at not paying out.
HERE'S SOME GOOD NEWS, WE HAVE TWO OPTIONS FOR YOU!
Global Rescue does offer trip cancelation insurance that is hassle free and has a track record of paying out. Be warned, this coverage is not inexpensive, but they will take care of you.
As of this writing (Feb 2021), Global Rescue is in the process of offering a more reasonably priced cancelation insurance program. They are hoping to roll out this new program in April. Feel free to reach out to them directly with your questions (800.381.9754).