New figures released by the Foreign Office (FO) have shown a drop in the number of Britons arrested overseas to 5,700 in the year ended March 2011.
In 2009/10, a total of 6,439 Britons were arrested overseas.
However, there was a rise in the number of Britons hospitalised abroad to 3,752 in 2010/11.
The figure compares with 3,689 cases reported in 2009/10.
The Foreign Office has advised holidaymakers to make sure that they have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place before jetting off in order to avoid being faced with huge bills in case they end up in hospitals abroad due to illness or accidents.
Nick Starling, director of general insurance and health at the Association of British Insurers, said: "While delayed flights, stolen cameras or lost passports can be inconvenient, having to pay a huge medical bill after illness or injury can be devastating. Travel Insurance is there to cover your medical care and help get you home so it should be at the top of everyone's holiday checklist."
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