Foreign Office urges people in Birmingham to take out travel insurance

Over a third of people travelling overseas from Birmingham were at risk after not taking out travel insurance the last time they stayed with family and friends – causing some to face serious financial problems when they required medical treatment or lost valuable possessions.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office published research this week which found that 79 per cent of those who said they were visiting friends or family said saving money was a key factor in their decision not to take out travel insurance but it is warning this is often a false economy.

Minister for Consular Affairs Jeremy Browne said: “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.”