Brits encouraged not to cut travel insurance corners
26 January 2009 08:52
British holidaymakers are being encouraged not to cut corners on their travel insurance after a new report found that they are continuing to become involved in trouble on foreign soil.
A third annual British Behaviour Abroad report from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) found that Brits were involved in a host of different incidents abroad, which may be covered by travel insurance.
The findings included that 8,304 Brits needed assistance in the US, 6,710 passports were lost in Spain and 602 Brits needed hospital assistance in Greece in the period between April 2006 and March 2007.
Foreign Office minister, Meg Munn, said: "This report highlights what can go wrong on holiday.
"It is a reminder to all that taking out comprehensive travel insurance is a crucial part of your holiday planning and not something that should be sacrificed in order to save a few pounds."
She added that a lot of the problems faced by Brits on holiday are preventable if travellers spent more time learning the laws of the destinations they plan to visit.
Holidaymakers that jet off more than once a year may be better off taking out annual travel insurance and recent research from American Express Insurance Services has found that 69 per cent of travellers will do this in the next 12 months.