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Channel Islanders unprepared for holiday insurance changes

07 April 2009 08:25

Channel Islanders unprepared for holiday insurance changes

April has seen a big shake-up in the holiday insurance market, following the news that Brits visiting the Channel Islands will no longer be privy to free basic healthcare.

But it is not just Brits who must now consider their travel insurance options, as the reciprocal health deal had previously also provided people from Guernsey, Jersey and the other islands with free healthcare on trips to the UK.

According to the Guernsey Press, many on the island are confused about where they stand and upset that they were not consulted on the decision to scrap the historic health agreement.

However, health minister Hunter Adam explained to the newspaper that the rules of the agreement allowed either party to end it by providing only three months' notice.

"We had no choice," he explained, adding that it was the UK's decision to call time on the arrangement.

Earlier this month, Alison Patrick, head of travel at holiday insurance provider AXA, commented on the changes.

She said: "It's important for consumers and business travellers to be aware of these changes and ensure that they have cover if they are travelling to or from the Channel Islands this year."ADNFCR-1320-ID-19109663-ADNFCR