Over a third of Brits do not buy travel insurance

Monday, 26 September 2011

Around a third of UK holidaymakers head overseas without adequate medical cover, it has been claimed.

According to research by Ryanair, many Brits do not take out a travel insurance policy when they fly abroad for a vacation.

The company's report did highlight that out of the 4,000 respondents 46 per cent of holidaymakers hold annual or multi-trip cover and one in five purchased single trip insurance.

However, its survey also revealed that 90 per cent of those travelling without a policy did not know that medical repatriation flights could cost them thousands of pounds if they became seriously ill while abroad.

Stephen McNamara, from Ryanair, advised all passengers heading overseas for a holiday to make sure they take out a travel insurance policy so they are "safe in the knowledge their holiday, their possessions and their health is covered".

The British Insurance Brokers' Association recently stated that "travel insurance is like your suitcase, you shouldn't go away without it".

Posted by Rick Malone

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