Travel insurance: Cover 'vital' for big kick off

Thursday, 01 June 2006

Britons are being urged not to forget their travel insurance as they pack their bags to follow David Beckham and the team over to Germany.

A new poll by a leading travel insurance provider has found that some four per cent of those polled are planning to head overseas to watch the matches – either live in Germany or elsewhere on TV.

However, should the unthinkable happen and England get knocked out of the tournament early, travel operators are expecting a surge in last minute deals abroad.

And in the rush to get away to sulk out the loss or try to forget the World Cup ever happened, many people will travel overseas without taking out the relevant travel insurance to cover themselves should anything else go wrong.

Some single trip cover cheap travel insurance can cost less than a round of drinks at the pub, yet many people still forget to take it out, claim experts.

But thefts from British tourists abroad are becoming more frequent in Europe, while emergency medical repatriation is highly expensive – an air ambulance from the Canaries to the UK can cost £16,000.

© Adfero Ltd

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