World Cup 2010: Direct Travel Insurance Warns Against Last Minute Arrangements

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Direct Travel Insurance is advising football fans to buy their travel insurance as soon as they have booked their trip to visit South Africa this summer. So if you are heading to South Africa to watch the football, make sure you don't wait to purchase your travel insurance until the last minute.

The price of quality travel insurance is very small when you consider the cost of replacing stolen items and medical bills. I would advise football fans heading to South Africa this summer to assess carefully what they wish to be covered for and not simply consider insurance as an optional extra.

Direct Travel Insurance's claims figures relating to South Africa in the last year emphasise the importance of buying travel insurance in good time. These figures also show why it is crucial for supporters to make sure they have sufficient cover and to provide accurate information when purchasing their policy.

Make sure you buy cover now if you've booked your trip - take out cover as soon as you book your trip to see the football in South Africa so you have cancellation cover in place immediately
Figures: £1,591 was claimed on average per person for cancelling or cutting short a trip to South Africa last year

Fact: Whether you need to cancel a trip due to a redundancy, illness (yours or a close family member's), jury service etc… unless you have travel insurance in place before any of these events happen, you would not be covered for cancelling your trip.

Figures: £252 was claimed on average per person for lost or damaged baggage in South Africa last year

Fact: Try and keep hold of receipts/photos/proof of ownership for most of the items you have in your suitcase. Most importantly, do not put any valuables (including cameras etc) in your hold luggage.

Figures: The highest medical claim for travel to South Africa last year was just over £27,000

Fact: When you make a claim, you need to bear in mind that insurance companies have access to your medical records. If you do have a medical condition, make sure you declare it when purchasing your insurance. If you are buying travel insurance on behalf of a partner or a relative, it is your responsibility to give your travel insurance the correct information about their health too.

Direct Travel Insurance offer 24 hour medical emergency medical service, medical expenses up to £20m per person and cancellation cover of up to £6,000 per person, so if you're planning on making the trip next summer, buy cover you can rely on from Direct Travel Insurance.

Paul Thilo, Vice President - Consumer Marketing at Direct Travel Insurance said: "The price of quality travel insurance is very small when you consider the cost of replacing stolen items and medical bills. I would advise football fans heading to South Africa this summer to assess carefully what they wish to be covered for and not simply consider insurance as an optional extra."

10 days travel insurance to South Africa from Direct Travel Insurance costs only £22 per person and includes cover for cancellation, personal possessions and money. Visit http://www.direct-travel.co.uk or call 0845 605 2700.

For further press information contact Isabelle Baret, PR manager, Direct Travel Insurance, on
07525 967 166.
Note to editors:

  •     Established in 1993, Direct Travel Insurance has now insured 8 million people and provided winter sports cover for 1.4 million policyholders.
  •     Direct Travel Insurance also offers Single trip, Winter Sports travel cover, Backpacker insurance and Annual Multi-trip travel insurance.
  •     Direct Travel Insurance offers Talking Nurses, a free service giving health advice to worried travellers, including information on local medicine when travelling abroad.

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