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Holidaymakers need travel insurance for protection from snow

05 February 2009 13:35

Holidaymakers need travel insurance for protection from snow

With weather forecasters warning that the terrible weather could continue to the end of the week, travellers have been urged to check their holiday insurance policies.

According to, those who purchased travel insurance recently might find that they are not fully covered if they run into weather-related problems flying abroad in the next few days - because advanced weather warnings had been issued.

The comparison website strongly encouraged those travelling to check their cover, or else risk being left with a real struggle to get any compensation for disrupted or cancelled holiday plans.

It warned that policy holders must check the small print if they are to be fully aware of what they are and aren't covered for, adding that most providers will cover for delays at snowed-in airports and cancelled flights due to bad weather.

Clare Francis, editor of, said: "As the big freeze and chaos ensues in the worst snow south-east England has seen for 18 years, there are important insurance issues to be considered.

"If you are in doubt about your level of cover for any home, travel or motor policy, it is important to speak to your insurer to get clarification."

Large parts of Britain's transportation infrastructure came grinding to a halt as the snow fell on Monday morning - there were severe delays and cancellations across air, train and road networks.ADNFCR-1320-ID-19010567-ADNFCR