Travel insurance: Non-essential Mexico travel 'inadvisable'

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Those with plane tickets booked to Mexico may want to check their travel insurance and see whether they are covered for cancelled flights.

Non-essential travel to the country has been advised against by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) following recent cases of swine influenza.

It said public venues and museums in Mexico have been closed and people have been told to avoid large crowds, where transmission of the H1N1 flu strain could be made more likely.

The FCO announcement followed an increase in the pandemic alert level, which is set by the World Health Organisation.

There are six levels in total and the body has now moved to phase four, meaning that the chances of swine flu becoming a pandemic have risen, although this is not inevitable.

Health secretary Alan Johnson said Britain is well prepared for the virus and cases outside of Mexico have been "mild".

However, he advised anyone who develops symptoms to contact their GP.

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