A report from the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) shows that nearly 40% of British holidaymakers who are going abroad this summer do not have travel insurance for their trip yet.
ABTA reports that 8.6 million British holidaymakers could be putting themselves at risk of paying substantial medical or repatriation costs if they fall ill or hurt themselves abroad, and may even risk a delay in treatment.
ABTA and the Foreign Office are encouraging holidaymakers to take out travel insurance as soon as they book their holiday, making sure that the insurance covers any medical conditions or activities they plan to do. This will also help protect them should they need to cancel due to an unexpected event or illness.
21% of holidaymakers said they travelled without insurance in the last year, says ABTA. Of these people, 37% said they didn’t think they needed travel insurance and 28% said it was a risk they were willing to take.
Mark Tanzer Chief Executive of ABTA, said, “Millions of holidaymakers are heading off abroad each year either without the right travel insurance in place - or without any insurance at all. This leaves people at risk of having to pay significant medical costs or even facing delays in their treatment. Our message is clear - don’t take the risk, take out travel insurance and make sure it covers you for your circumstances and holiday plans.
“It’s also really important holidaymakers carry a copy of their insurance on them at all times, as well as leaving a copy with family or friends back home. That way they’ll be able to contact their insurer quickly and without hassle, should they need to.”
For more information, please see https://www.abta.com/news/8point6-million-holidaymakers-dont-have-travel-insurance-for-their-summer-holiday