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Local MP Reinforces ABIs Advice for Holidaymakers

Local MP Reinforces ABIs Advice for Holidaymakers

Published date : 26 July, 2023

Local MP Richard Thomson has urged constituents who have had or may have their holiday arrangements affected by the wildfires and continued heatwave across southern Europe to follow the advice issued by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) on how Travel Insurance can support them if they are impacted by these events.   

The information can be found here: www.abi.org.uk/products-and-issues/choosing-the-right-insurance/travel-guide/2023-european-heatwave/ which also includes advice on some common questions holidaymakers may have.  

  

Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said: 

“The extreme weather conditions being faced by many people in southern Europe are obviously a concern on many levels, not least in terms of climate change and the effects on the populations who live there.  

“Holidaymakers, on whom many businesses in those communities rely, must weigh-up various factors as to whether they proceed with their plans.  For those who go or are already there, the insurance industry body ABI has issued some helpful guidance for what to do if you are affected by the wildfires.  

“Above all, people should follow local health advice and stay safe.”  

 

ABI advice to any constituents that are affected by the wildfires is to:   

  • Contact their tour operator or airline for advice and information.   
  • Always follow local health advice, such as dealing with heatwaves. Your travel insurance will apply in the usual way if you need emergency medical treatment due to extreme weather.   
  • If planning on travelling, always keep up to date with and follow?the latest?foreign travel advice on GOV.UK?from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), especially as travelling against it is likely to invalidate your travel insurance.   
  • Check the scope of cover under their travel insurance policy. In some circumstances they may be covered for disruption caused by wildfires or extreme weather, or if they are?injured or fall ill due to a wildfire, or heatwave.   

  

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