FCO urges VFR market to buy travel insurance

FCO urges VFR market to buy travel insurance

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has launched a new campaign to urge travellers to take out insurance when they stay with family and friends overseas. The new push comes after the FCO’s study found that a third of the visiting friends and relatives (VFR) did not take out insurance the last time they stayed abroad. Around 77% said they did not take out insurance to save money, although 39% have relied on their host to sort out problems during a trip. Now the FCO has reminded the VFR market that they not exempt from facing problems when travelling. “With over 5 million Britons living abroad3, people are increasingly making the most of opportunities to visit their loved ones across the world,” explained Jeremy Browne, minister of consular affairs at the FCO. “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,” he advised.

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