UK travellers do not think that travel insurance is a priority, with only two per cent claiming that insurance is top of their holiday list.
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) found this out during a recent survey, and in response has advised travellers to move insurance to the top of their priorities list. According to the research, the things that travellers prioritise are getting to the airport (18 per cent), going through airport security (20 per cent) and waiting for luggage (11 per cent).
FCO also identified that 77 per cent of those aged 55 and over are planning on going abroad in 2018, with half of those having a pre-existing medical condition, meaning the need to prioritise getting the correct travel insurance is even more important. It has also been shown that price is the main deciding factor for deciding which insurance to purchase for this age group. More worryingly, one in 20 from this age bracket have knowingly not declared their medical condition due to the increased cost of their travel insurance.
Julia Longbottom, consular director at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, said:
“Arranging travel insurance should be at the top of your holiday essentials before heading overseas. Travellers are losing thousands of pounds in medical bills and their families are having to find the money to help cover the cost or even repatriate them.”