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Travel insurance invalid in 'Don't Go' countries

27 March 2009 06:39

Travel insurance invalid in 'Don't Go' countries

People who travel to countries listed on the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office's "Don't Go To" list could find that their holiday travel insurance cover is invalid if they need to make a claim.

That is the warning issued by Shelter Offshore, which provides expatriates with advice and services on financial issues, such as travel insurance.

The company suggested that people should always get themselves covered "for all eventualities" before travelling or moving abroad, just in case "you end up getting yourself in trouble".

Citing FCDO statistics showing that 70 per cent of purchased policies are for single-trip cover, Shelter urged expatriates to consider their travel insurance options, pointing out that many will explore their new home regions.

Currently, the FCDO advises strongly against all travel to Somalia and all travel to parts of Afghanistan, Georgia, Iraq, Israel and Palestine, Lebanon, Nigeria, Thailand and Zimbabwe, among others.

People planning a trip abroad should always check on the FCDO website before booking a holiday.ADNFCR-1320-ID-19093824-ADNFCR