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Swine flu 'highlights travel insurance need'

28 July 2009 07:12

Swine flu 'highlights travel insurance need'

The spread of the swine flu virus means taking out travel insurance is even more important, it has been noted.

According to the Association of British Insurers (ABI), Brits taking a break are being urged to make sure they have the right level of holiday insurance to cover them should they contract the virus.

In the event of a person not being able to fly due to having swine flu, travel insurance would cover this, commented a spokesperson from the ABI.

Check-in staff at a number of UK airports are vetting travellers for symptoms which could indicate that they have picked up the virus.

Destinations such as Thailand and China have also put body scanners in place at airports, to help pick out those suffering from the virus.

ABTA - The Travel Association echoed the words of ABI, saying that travel insurance is an essential buy at the moment.

It commented that cancellation fees for holidays not taken due to swine flu could also be included in the cover.

Martin Rothwell, Senior Partner World First Travel Insurance, says:

Even if you are only holidaying in the UK it is still essential to get the right cover. Our Guest First policy has been expecially designed for holidays at home or "staycations". There is no age limit and no excess. The policy covers cancellation and curtailment and will settle the bill to your hotel or accommodation provider if you cannot take your holiday.