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A growing number of young holidaymakers are jetting off with no travel insurance, research reveals.
Data from the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) shows as many as a third (33%) of 16- to 24-year-olds are travelling uninsured – shooting up from 22% in 2014.
Doing so runs the risk of expensive medical bills, which can easily run into thousands of pounds.
The cost of repatriation to the UK in an air ambulance, private medical care and additional expenses, like flying over family members and putting them up in a resort, can add up to eye-watering amounts of money.
A similar proportion (32%) of 25- to 34-year-olds are also travelling with no insurance.
Overall, one in five holidaymakers (20%) is travelling oversea with no insurance. This is slightly down on 22% last year.
Young holidaymakers appear to be confused over what a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) offers.
According to the ABTA poll, one in five (22%) 16- to 24-year-olds believe they do not need travel insurance because they have an EHIC. But while a card gives access to emergency state medical care throughout most of Europe, it is not a substitute for travel insurance.
Cost is also an issue for travellers, with just less than a third (30%) of those with children citing it as the main reason for not having insurance.
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