Long-haul destinations set for boost in 2010

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Post Office Travel Insurance advises holidaymakers to review travel insurance and vaccination requirements for long-haul destinations.

A recent report by ABTA predicts that long-haul destinations such as Sri Lanka, Mexico and Thailand could be popular with UK travellers in 2010 .

In light of this prediction, Post Office Travel Insurance is warning UK travellers against travelling without first securing adequate travel insurance to ensure peace of mind when holidaying in far-off destinations.

Post Office Travel Insurance also recommends that holidaymakers check the small print of any existing policies before departure. For example, travel insurance documentation frequently requires policyholders to be vaccinated before visiting many long-haul destinations.

Post Office Travel Insurance research has found 56 per cent of holidaymakers don't know which countries they need vaccines for. The Post Office Travel Insurance research also discovered that almost half of holidaymakers (44 per cent) do not research whether vaccinations or medicines are recommended before travelling abroad.

Rachel Croft, Head of Post Office Travel Insurance, said: "It is worrying to see that so many of us are careless when it comes to checking whether vaccines or preventative medicines such as malaria tablets are recommended before visiting a destination. Not only are holidaymakers potentially risking their health, but they also risk invalidating their travel insurance policy should they become ill and need to seek medical treatment."


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