The Foreign Office urges travellers to reassess their priorities when visiting friends and family overseas as packing items such as teabags are considered before taking out travel insurance.

Over 12 million British nationals are planning to visit friends and family abroad this year. New research by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office shows that:

  • Nearly half of young people did not take out travel insurance the last time they stayed with family and friends
  • 39% visiting friends and relatives in Africa did not take out travel insurance on their last trip
  • When staying with friends and family in South Asia, less than half took out travel insurance.

Jeremy Browne says, “With over 5 million Britons living abroad, people are increasingly making the most of opportunities to visit their loved ones across the world. However, it is important to understand that staying in someone’s home does not make you exempt from encountering serious problems. Take the same steps before you go as you would for any other holiday, such as taking out travel insurance and doing some pre-trip research, to ensure you are prepared if something does go wrong.”

Keeping the costs of a trip as low as possible is often a top priority when planning to visit friends and family who live abroad.  However, attempting to save money by not taking out travel insurance can be a false economy when faced with the high costs of medical treatment. The FCO is urging people to prepare for a trip to visit loved ones in the same way as they would for any other holiday to limit serious problems occurring when overseas.

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