Visitors to Channel Islands need holiday insurance Guernsey Jersey Alderney Sark Herm
20 March 2009 07:37
Holidaymakers have been warned by the Department of Health to take out travel insurance before visiting the Channel Islands.
Currently, UK residents are entitled to limited free medical treatments on the islands because of a reciprocal agreement between the two territories, but this arrangement will end April 1st, after some 33 years.
From the beginning of next month, anyone travelling to Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, Sark or Herm will be required to pay for all their medical treatments, should they become injured or ill during their trip.
"Visitors should therefore take out adequate insurance before they travel," the government department stated.
While the change may come as a shock to some, it said that it had always recommended people take out travel insurance for trips to the Channel Islands because UK tourists have never been entitled to free prescriptions, A&E hospital treatment, emergency dental work or GP care.
Earlier this year, flight and hotel comparison site Expedia suggested that holidaymakers looking to save money could save over £680 per person by dropping the quality of their accommodation by a single star.