Travel: Insurance

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 11th June 2015.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to promote the use of travel insurance by people travelling on holiday abroad.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Encouraging travellers to obtain comprehensive travel insurance is a key part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s ‘Know Before You Go’ communications campaign, which has been active since 2001. Messaging on insurance is prominent in many of our travel safety materials and we run specific campaigns on insurance. In May this year we worked with the Association of British Insurers to create a new ‘checklist’ to help travellers choose the right insurance policy for their needs, which we communicated through social media and our network of industry partners. I believe our ‘Know Before You Go’ partners have a crucial role to play, and have urged them to continuing working with us to encourage British nationals to travel with insurance – including at our last annual gathering of partners in December 2014. Our messages on insurance have also been reinforced by broadcasts on a wide range of national, regional and community TV and radio stations.

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