Travel insurance needed especially outside Western Europe
30 April 2009 06:45
Holidaymakers jetting off to destinations outside Western Europe have been told to make an extra effort to make sure they take out a more in-depth travel insurance policy.
Malcolm Tarling, spokesperson for the Association of British Insurers (ABI), has stated that there are many dangers of travelling without travel insurance including "falling ill and needing medical treatment, having to cancel or curtail, lost baggage and personal possessions and loss of passport".
He added that different countries also present holidaymakers with different risks and recommended that people take out a better travel insurance, with certain areas more prone to crime and other to illness.
And with older travellers more likely to suffer an illness, Mr Tarling said that they may need to pay extra for their insurance.
He said: "Older travellers - i.e. aged over 70 - more likely to claim for medical treatment, so they are likely to pay more for their travel insurance."
Emergencies aboard can be expensive to deal with without suitable travel insurance, with an air ambulance to Britain from the Canary Islands costing in the region of £12,000 to £16,000, according to First Assist Services.