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Tourists must check travel insurance small print

18 May 2009 08:10

Tourists must check travel insurance small print

Travel insurance policies can be filled with pitfalls, according to a Daily Telegraph columnist, who has informed holidaymakers of a number of problems that could occur.

Sophie Butler has recommended that travellers always read the small print of their holiday insurance, as issues could arise before or while on holiday that are not compensated for.

Specifically, the insurance specialist suggested that tourists adhere to their destination's visa restrictions, check the refundable time period of their accommodation booking, ensure that passports are valid and travel with an EHIC.

She wrote in the national newspaper: "Insurance small print is one of the most common stumbling blocks for travellers and potentially the most expensive."

World First Travel Insurance issued a similar check-list last month, which informed holidaymakers of a number of tips to remember when purchasing travel insurance.

This guide urged consumers to check that their provider is authorised by the Financial Services Authority and that their destination is deemed safe by the Foreign Commonwealth Office.