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World Cup fans 'should get cover'

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Football fans are being advised to check their travel documents and take out insurance as they rush to make final arrangements to get to South Africa for the World Cup.

A poll suggested that pre-holiday checks may slip the minds of thousands of tourists, with 15 per cent of those surveyed saying they never check whether their passport is valid for travel.

More than a quarter (26 per cent) do not find out whether a visa or specific documentation is required to visit their travel destination, the survey revealed.

Tying up loose ends before travelling and booking flights and accommodation could make thousands of fans forget to check if their passport is valid for no less than 30 days after the end of their intended stay. They also need to make sure they have at least two blank pages on it when they arrive.

One in five said they would not take out travel insurance cover for their trip, according to the esure poll.

The firm's travel insurance boss Nikki Sellers said: "It's vital to plan ahead and read the travel insurance documents thoroughly to make sure you're covered should anything unfortunate, such as a flight cancellation or baggage loss, occur."

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