The figure has fallen slightly from November 2020, when 56 per cent stated that general medical expenses was their primary concern, but it remains the key factor for those purchasing travel insurance.
Other priorities when purchasing travel insurance include cover for trip cancellations (43 per cent) and returning home in the case of emergencies (41 per cent). Just over a third (35 per cent) stated that Covid-19 medical care was their top priority, showing general medical issues to be of greater concern to holidaymakers.
Over a third purchase travel insurance with booking
Just over a third of Brits purchase travel insurance at the same time as booking their holiday, down slightly from 42 per cent in March 2021. Women are more likely to find insurance at the same time as booking their holiday, with 42 per cent preferring to do this, contrasted with 36 per cent of men. Around a fifth (22 per cent) will book their insurance after they’ve booked their holiday, and 17 per cent will book insurance before they book a holiday.
Katie Crowe, Director of Communications at battleface, commented: “In this environment, it’s not surprising that medical expenses are a top priority for Brits when booking travel insurance, but slips, trips and falls are still major medical issues for travellers – not just Covid-19. battleface continues to cover both general, and Covid-19 related, medical expenses, giving our customers security when they travel abroad. battleface also protects against general trip cancellations, which is also of high concern for holidaymakers.”