Travel Insurance Warning for Summer Holidays
Planning an epic overseas trip this summer? Whether it's a sun-soaked beach vacation or a thrilling escapade, travelling can be a fascinating experience full of excitement and expectation.
Millions of British holidaymakers usually go for a quick escape to Europe. With the peak summer season underway, there's a crucial item that should be at the top of your checklist – travel insurance.
Travel insurance is an absolute holiday essential but not all policies are created equal, and being armed with the right coverage is essential.
Travellers without adequate and appropriate insurance could face bills running to tens of thousands of pounds if things go wrong abroad.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) is urging British nationals travelling overseas to make sure they do not void their travel insurance and risk a big bill.
A new campaign is showing families what steps they need to take to make sure their policies cover them on their summer holidays.
Here are some travel-savvy tips to keep in mind when getting travel insurance.
- declare all pre-existing medical conditions ahead of your trip
- check if your insurance covers planned holiday activities such as water sports
- check the length of your trip does not exceed any time limit in your insurance policy
- check their travel insurance includes medical evacuation cover
- take a printed copy of their insurance policy with you and save the insurance company's 24/7 emergency contact number and their policy number on their phone
- share your travel insurance policy details with travel companions and/or family in the UK
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State Provided Healthcare
While the UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) and the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) provide state healthcare benefits at a reduced cost in Europe, they're no match for comprehensive travel insurance. Neither of the cards will cover expenses like repatriation to the UK or additional accommodation costs during your trip.
The FCDO is also encouraging individuals to properly prepare for their trip.
Before you hop on that plane, arm yourself with knowledge about your destination. Check the latest travel advice on GOV.UK for updates that could make your trip even more memorable.
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