Post Office Travel Insurance Reveals Travellers are Less Likely to Buy Travel Insurance When Holidaying in Europe

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Post Office Travel Insurance warns holidaymakers against travelling overseas without appropriate levels of travel insurance cover.

Research from First Rate Exchange Services has discovered that almost 22 million UK travellers intend to visit countries across the eurozone in 2010. However, it appears that UK travellers are more likely to risk travelling to European destinations without travel insurance. In fact Post Office Travel Insurance research has revealed that 28 per cent of UK holidaymakers are less likely to consider buying travel insurance when heading off to Europe than other parts of the world.

UK holidaymakers who head overseas without travel insurance risk being left with large bills to replace lost or stolen luggage, or even by accruing medical bills. Post Office Travel Insurance reminds those heading to countries in the European Economic Area that the EHIC card may not cover all medical expenses and that travel insurance is essential to ensure they are not left with large hospital bills to pay should an accident or illness occur.

Post Office Head of Travel Insurance, Rachel Croft, said: "It is important to remember that an EHIC does not act as a replacement for travel insurance as it only provides the same level of medical care as a local citizen and does not cover private treatment or repatriation. So if you don't have proper travel insurance and have a serious accident then you or your family could be left to pick up a colossal bill."

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