Holidays can be dangerous occasions - especially abroad. If someone falls ill it is much more difficult than it would be at home to cope with the situation, so make sure you're covered.
Holiday insurance or travel insurance as it might be known can be bought as a complete package or selectively. Package policies usually include
Protects against the loss of deposits, advance payments, and other charges if a holiday has to be cancelled. The cancellation may be due to death, injury or illness of the traveller or a close relative, business associate, or other member of the party. It may be because of jury service or witness summons. Cancellation cover does not, however, extend to previously existing medical conditions or pregnancy. Some policies also pay compensation if departure is delayed by industrial action or if the holiday has to be curtailed.
Even in the EU, where there are special arrangements for British people to have free or cheap medical treatment, it is sensible to take out separate insurance. This not only covers the cost of treatment but also extra travel, accommodation costs, and air ambulances home if necessary. Cover is often for £1 million or more.
Pays compensation if the policyholder is accidentally injured.
Pays for any damages the policyholder may incur to another person.
Baggage and Money
Pays for up to £1,000 or more of baggage, with 250 pounds or so for lost money.