UK Travellers Worry About Illness Abroad

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Health concerns prompt the Post Office to remind UK tourists of the need for travel insurance

TripAdvisor's annual travel trends survey recently revealed that UK holidaymakers are increasingly concerned about catching illnesses such as the flu while overseas. The research also showed that seven per cent of UK travellers' holiday plans are likely to be affected by illness during the coming year .

Despite worries regarding falling ill while abroad, a recent study by Post Office Travel Insurance revealed that almost half of holidaymakers (44 per cent) do not research whether vaccinations are recommended before they travel.

Post Office Travel Insurance research also discovered that 22 per cent of holidaymakers would consider going away without travel insurance in place, and half of those surveyed fail to check the small print of their travel insurance documents once they have taken out a travel insurance policy.

The Post Office recommends that all UK travellers have suitable travel insurance policies in place to address any concerns about falling sick while abroad, as well as fully understanding the vaccination requirements needed for their chosen destination. Failure to be suitably vaccinated increases the risk of invalidating travel insurance policies, should illness strike and medical treatment become necessary.

According to Post Office Travel Insurance, travellers often wrongly assume that any required medical treatment is covered by the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). However Post Office Travel Insurance advises that an EHIC doesn't act as a replacement for travel insurance itself. The Post Office therefore recommends that UK travellers abroad make sure travel insurance policies are up to date.


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