MP urges holidaymakers not to travel uninsured

A south east Northumberland MP is urging his constituents to be aware of the dangers of travelling abroad without insurance.

Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell is supporting the ABTA and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) campaign ‘Pack your policy’ ahead of the forthcoming summer holidays.

The campaign follows ABTA research highlighting that many UK travellers are unaware of the costs of medical treatment when heading abroad and may be putting themselves at risk of costly medical bills, if something was to go wrong.

The research also brought to light figures showing that almost a quarter of people in Blyth Valley now travelling abroad without insurance, despite the need for medical assistance being common.

ABTA research has also shown that mnore than one in ten per cent of people have visited a doctor or hospital while abroad.

According to the travel association, younger travellers are the most at risk with almost half of young people travelling abroad without insurance.

Mr Campbell said: “We all look forward to our well-deserved summer holiday, however, it is very important that we make sure that when we do travel overseas, we are covered if something goes wrong.

“Many countries do not have national schemes to cover the costs of healthcare and treatment abroad and can therefore be costly.”

ABTA has launched a new advice section on travel insurance for consumers. Visit for details