Turkey troubles could see travellers stuffed without insurance

Turkey troubles could see travellers stuffed without insurance

Jun 27, 2018

In the wake of the latest Foreign Office advice to travellers heading for Turkey this summer, travel tech specialist Aquarium Software says comprehensive insurance is a must to ensure that should anything go wrong, you aren’t the one being stuffed.

As Turkey gears up to react to presidential and parliamentary election results, fear of demonstrations, rallies and terrorism has led the FCO not to advise cancelling a holiday – but for people to be vigilant and follow the advice of the authorities.

Over 1.7 million Brits enjoyed a holiday in Turkey last year and while the situation is currently calm, things change very quickly.

Comprehensive travel and medical insurance is always advised, but even more so when travelling to potential hotspots.

While most polices offer only limited cover for terrorist acts, any policy should cover emergency medical expenses and repatriation in the event it proves necessary due to internal politics or a terrorist attack.

Technology is allowing insurers and consumers alike keep on top of changing circumstances.

Smartphones can be used to keep up to date with the latest FCO advice and insurers can use tech to give travellers who have forgotten key cover the opportunity to source more while overseas.

While not the ideal situation, it is one way specialist insurers can deliver added value and peace of mind.

“Given the recent calm, it is easy to forget a failed coup took place in Turkey in 2016, and that a state of emergency remains in place,” said Aquarium Software Director, Mark Colonnese.

“This shouldn’t spoil any holidays, but it does mean common sense is required, to follow government travel advice and to have the right level of travel insurance to cover you for the unexpected, should forthcoming events take a negative turn.”

“Millions of Brits continue to travel without insurance, but they should know the government will only cover repatriation in very exceptional cases,” added Colonnese. “Even then, without insurance you could find yourself at the back of the queue for a flight back,” Colonnese concluded.