Health Professionals


3 June 2011

Travel insurance: Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has published new research showing that many people who travel for the purpose of visiting friends and relatives (VFR) fail to arrange adequate travel insurance for their trip.

The FCO found that 39% of VFR travellers to Africa did not take out insurance for their last trip, and only 48% of VFR travellers to Asia took out insurance. In addition, 39% of British Nationals have needed to resort to help from families and friends as a result not having travel insurance.

The FCO provides guidance on many aspects of travel insurance including health insurance,  and for United Kingdom residents travelling to the European Economic Area and Switzerland, information on the rights to medical treatment using the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) scheme.

All travellers are reminded of the importance of travel health insurance. They should purchase a policy that is appropriate for their needs, bearing in mind the high costs of medical care abroad, medical repatriation and recovery of costs of valuable items.