Published on Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Ancillary site warns of useless travel insurance
Ancillary travel services website EssentialTravel.co.uk has warned clients to heed government advice on travelling to troubled destinations, as their insurance will not cover them once a country or city has been deemed unsafe.
The site’s head of sales Stuart Bensusan said it was crucial that travellers kept themselves informed of current affairs whilst in potentially dangerous locations.
He said: “Further to the widespread civil unrest across the Middle East and Northern Africa, protests have now spread to Morocco, including the popular city of Marrakesh.
“Although we understand that there is less chance of a full scale uprising in the area, we would still advise passengers due to travel to keep abreast of this fast moving situation.
“Consumers need to listen and adhere to the advice given by the Foreign Office as travel insurance does not cover anybody travelling to an area once it has been deemed unsafe.
“If passengers travel prior to the Foreign Office warnings, they will be covered for medical expenses and repatriation, hospital benefit and personal accident as normal.
"We are advising all our customers to be vigilant when travelling to the Middle East and Africa. They should seek the help of their tour operator or airline where necessary."
by Dinah Hatch