Websites must obey EU rules on travel insurance
06 April 2009 07:07
Companies selling flights online have been warned that optional price supplements such as travel insurance cannot be included in the costs by default.
According to Travelmole.com, ABTA - The Travel Association has listed some guidelines for websites so they are aware of European Union legislation.
Agents selling holiday insurance as an optional extra must issue it on an 'opt in basis', without the consumer needing to untick any boxes to pass on it.
The website reported that the European Commission is putting together a taskforce that will conduct spot checks of websites to ensure they are in compliance with the regulations.
Websites are bound by law to include all taxes, charges, surcharges and fees in their pricing and must also clearly display any limitations or conditions attached to offers.
A travel writer claimed in the Telegraph this week that people looking for the cheapest annual travel insurance should log online.