Travel insurance reminder

Thursday, 15 September 2011

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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has reissued travel alerts for Kenya and warned tourists to ensure that they have satisfactory travel insurance in place before going abroad.

It comes after a British man was killed and his wife was kidnapped at a beach resort in the north of the country.

Kenya's tourism minister Najib Balala said: "We strongly condemn this senseless act of violence on innocent visitors to our country."

Despite reassurance from Kenya's tourism chiefs about security at coastal resorts, the FCO advice is that travellers to the country should remain over 30 kilometres away from the Somali border.

It is believed that the couple were attacked as they slept at a luxury beach resort and that the man was killed after struggling to fend off the kidnappers.

Experts say that the cost of emergency treatment or repatriation can soar into tens of thousands of pounds, though travel insurance can prevent extra sorrow for families in the worst circumstances.

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