It wouldn't be the 21st century without a few stuffy suit wearing mechanoids threatening to give you a standard issue buggering with mountains of paperwork or a stroke inducing authorisation procedure.
Fortunately with our help you should be able to prevent them from getting between you and your adventure.
There are two points to consider here - getting good cover and getting it early.
Sadly many standard policies won't be worth the cleverly disguised toilet paper they are printed on and can leave your family frantically trying to raise half a million quid to make sure you don’t get put back together by the village carpenter. Exactly this has happened.
Your provider should have a good idea of what you are getting up to otherwise you may find out that they defined your trip as 'willful exposure to unnecessary risk’. Do point out that its not a race or competitive event, otherwise they might slap on a wad of cash.
This is also worth getting done early. Most teams are tempted to sort this out last, but if your goldfish gets run over by a flying saucer and you have to pull out of the event to attend the funeral your insurance providers are the guys who should cover your costs.
It’s true that Insurance providers have the cold mechanical innards of a robot - but the robots at Campbell Irvine have heard of our fight to make the world less boring and can offer decent cover for Runners at a good price. If you are from the UK or EU its worth starting there in your search for cover. If you are from outside of the EU then travel insurance is still vital - so ask around and get something good.
They are not the only insurer available and remember that it is your responsibility to ensure that the company you use understand what the Run entails and the risks involved.
India currently offer a 'Visa On Arrival' system to make it a royal arse-load easier to get into the country.
Unless you are a citizen of Pakistan, Sudan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Somalia you can sort out your paperwork and payment on-line and pick up your visa at the airport.
If you do need a visa you can usually pick them up in the nearest capital city to you. The Indian visa isn't always the easiest to get hold of and there might be a couple of small hoops to jump through.
If you can feel your adventure boner going floppy at the thought of all that paperwork The Visa Machine can dot the i’s and cross the t’s for you. They have been working with us since the Rickshaw Run began and we think they are pretty good.
The IDP is a small booklet which explains in multiple languages that someone somewhere deemed you capable of driving on public roads.
To drive any vehicle in India as a foreigner it’s a legal requirement to have an International Driving Permit. So make sure you have this. We’ve also found that in India, rickshaws are classed as ‘light motor vehicles’ so legally you can drive them in India with a Category A or B Stamp in your IDP.
All travel insurance policies have an exclusion saying that if you break the law they have the right to deny the claim. This would usually refer to the local laws where the incident takes place, so you need to meet the licence requirements for the country you’re driving in in order to be covered by your travel insurance. Seems obvious enough but it’s always worth double checking with your insurance provider to make absolutely sure you’re covered.
If your licence covers you under domestic law on your adventure, but wouldn’t cover you to drive that vehicle at home, your insurer could argue that you have a lack of experience driving that vehicle. It might be legal for you to whizz around in a Rickshaw in India on your license - but maybe not in your country of origin, so it is entirely your responsibility to make sure your insurer will cover you with whatever licence you have.