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Abta warns over travel insurance

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A leading travel body has warned holidaymakers against the tendency for them to head off to foreign countries without any insurance to protect themselves.

Abta has urged tourists to buy a comprehensive travel insurance policy before heading abroad.

A fifth of British holidaymakers are still travelling overseas without a valid travel insurance policy, the organisation said.

It also cautioned travellers against a wrong notion where people believe that the British Government will take care of their expenses if something goes wrong during their trip away from home.

Among domestic tourists, only 44% take the time to invest in travel insurance, the survey of 2,018 travellers has also shown.

Abta's John de Vial said: "It is very worrying that so many people are putting their health and finances at risk by travelling abroad without insurance."

© Press Association 2011