STA Travel advises travelers to get covered

Industry experts advise travel insurance on trips

Travel Insurance News - 28/01/2008

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Industry experts are concerned that many travelers are leaving the country without adequate travel insurance, possibly forgetting the necessity in the exciting build up to a big trip.

An STA Travel spokesperson explained: "It may not be the most exciting, but travel insurance is probably the most important purchase you'll make for your trip."

According to the spokesperson, the insurance has two main benefits. Most obviously, it offers protection in the case of an emergency overseas. In addition, travel insurance also offers a certain peace of mind, allowing travelers to relax and enjoy their vacation, knowing that they are covered while abroad.

Since the contents of travel insurance policies vary widely, STA Travel’s spokesperson recommends that travelers take some time to think about their insurance requirements before purchasing a policy.

Certain kinds of holidays may require special insurance coverage including extended backpacking trips or adventure holidays. Sports which are riskier will likely require additional coverage as the costs are substantially higher if something were to go wrong.

Although British tourists visiting Europe are entitled to receive free health services while in Europe with their European Health Insurance Card, they are never the less advised to take out additional insurance. The EHIC allows Britons to receive the same treatment as a local person would receive in a local medical institution but it does not cover the costs of repatriation or medical evacuation in the event of a serious emergency.

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