I made the payment for a Schengen (Europe Travel) visa at the AXA-Schengen website, but haven't yet got (it has been five hours) any insurance documents by email. How long should I wait? They don't have any phone numbers listed on their website, and say that we should email them first. This is pretty ridiculous. If I made a payment, I should get my documents immediately. Please, does anyone have a phone number I can call?
How long should I wait?
According to the FAQs on their website, you should have received the insurance certificate immediately after payment:
Q: How do you send the proof/certificate of insurance?
A: The mandatory insurance certificate is sent by e-mail immediately after payment. You just need to print it.
Since it's not uncommon for auto-generated emails to end up in some sort of spam folder, be sure to check there too. Your mail provider may have flagged the email as 'suspicious'.
Please, does anyone have a phone number I can call?
It looks like the AXA Schengen travel insurance is mainly an online-only business, as it can only be purchased the website. Hence, it's no surprise all customer service related queries are routed through
firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a mention of an emergency contact number, but apparently only listed on the actual certificate.
That being said, I see two obvious options if you still want to try and phone the company:
AXA Assistance is represented by Inter Partner Assistance. You can grab their phone number from their website (sorry, in Dutch, but I'm sure you'll be able to figure out the phone numbers). You'll see that the address mentioned there matches the one listed on the AXA Assistance contact page. As a matter of fact:
http://www.ip-assistance.com/basically just redirects to
http://www.axa-assistance.com/. You may contact Inter Partner Assistance on +3225500400.
Try one of the many AXA offices in Europe. Not sure which one would be best to call though. Anything Schengen related is probably out of scope for the local offices and I wouldn't be surprised if they'll just refer you to the aforementoned email address (that is, if they refer you at all).
Last but not least, and perhaps handy for future readers:
Any communication with AXA Schengen (written, verbal or electronic) may be in French, Dutch, English or Spanish.
In case this helps anyone in the future, you can access your documents from the AXA Schengen website at any time.
For "name of beneficiary" put your last name, and for "policy number" put the order reference (it begins with SCHE....) in the email that you got when you paid. If you didn't get the order email immediately then your payment either didn't go through or the email got caught in a spam filter!