Travel Weekly reports...

Young holidaymakers are advised to be better prepared for their travels abroad and to make sure they are properly covered by insurance.

According to the article, research indicates that one in five young people incorrectly believe that a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) acts as a full insurance policy if they have an accident or illness while overseas.

FCO minister Mark Simmonds said: “It’s the time of year when people are preparing to travel abroad for summer trips, including some for the first time without their parents. Arranging comprehensive travel insurance should be at the top of their to-do list before departing. An accident or emergency abroad can end up costing thousands and it’s often the family who is left to cover the costs.”

The report states that costs can range from £500 to treat a sprained ankle in a popular holiday resort like Corfu, to £15,000-£20,000 for a scheduled flight, stretcher and medical escort from Australia.

ABTA Head of Communications Victoria Bacon added, “In some of these cases parents are presented with massive medical bills because their children went on holiday uninsured... In extreme cases people have had to sell their house to cover the costs, or desperately try and get funds from their friends and family.”

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April 2014 - Author: Michèle

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