The Foreign Office is urging British holidaymakers to buy travel insurance after revealing that British people are continuing to get into trouble overseas.
The British behaviour abroad report, based on incident figures from Foreign Office records, revealed that 8,304 Britons needed assistance in the US, 6,710 passports were lost in Spain, 602 Brits were hospitalised in Greece and 1,591 died in Spain over the period April 2006 to March 2007.
The Foreign Office is concerned that the credit crunch will lead people to opt out of buying insurance to save money and minister, Meg Munn, said: "This report highlights what can go wrong on holiday. It is a reminder to all that taking out comprehensive travel insurance is a crucial part of your holiday planning and not something that should be sacrificed to save a few pounds. Helping British nationals in distress overseas is one of our most important tasks but many of the problems faced by holidaymakers are preventable. By carrying out some simple research on the laws, customs and health requirements of a country in advance, many people could prevent their holidays being ruined. Our message is: stay safe and have a great holiday."