Travel insurance cover 'essential for all eventualities'
12 March 2010 18:05
Anyone going abroad should make sure they have purchased a travel insurance policy, no matter where they are jetting off to.
This is the advice of AITO representative Ian Bradley, who said that rules and regulations relating to healthcare are always changing and holidaymakers need to ensure that they are not left in the lurch should they fall ill or have an accident.
"AITO would strongly suggest that anyone travelling overseas takes out comprehensive travel insurance to cover most eventualities," he urged, commenting that this is essential for travellers thinking of engaging in activities that are out of the ordinary.
Mr Bradley's comments come after research from Lloyds TSB found that although a third of Brits have already booked their main holiday for 2010, almost 60 per cent have not yet organised their travel insurance cover.
This is despite the fact that 8.5 million people said they have needed medical attention while on holiday in the past.
In related news, it has been reported that as of May 1st 2010, all visitors to Cuba will be required by law to have medical insurance cover in order to enter the country.
The Cuban Executive Committee of the Council of Ministers has agreed the changes, but further details have not yet been announced.
Steve Diederich, managing director at Captivating Cuba, commented: "As Cuba's healthcare system is excellent and world-renowned, it's not surprising that the government wants to cover its costs in this area."
The Carribbean Tourism Organisation reports that 22.1 million people visited the Caribbean in 2009, making it one of the world's most popular tourist regions.
These alterations to the law in Cuba should not be too hard to adhere to, since holidaymakers should always have medical cover when going abroad anyway.
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