Get the right cover for World Cup, warns ABI

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The World Cup is nearly upon us, and football fans across the country will be salivating at the prospect of a whole month of top-class international games. But for those lucky enough to get tickets to travel to South Africa, there is one thing that they must not forget along with the flags and the face-paint: travel insurance.

Fans travelling to South Africa could find themselves in a very uncomfortable position if they fail to take out travel insurance, and the ABI (Association of British Insurers) has advised them to take out adequate cover as soon as possible.

20,000 fans are expected to travel to South Africa over the coming weeks, and the most important thing they need to be covered for is medical treatment. South Africa has state-of-the-art hospitals, but if you don’t have insurance it will cost a small fortune to pay for treatment should the worst happen. Even a relatively minor accident could set you back thousands of pounds in expenses if you don’t have cover.

South Africa also poses crime risks which must be taken seriously. Pickpockets could be a real problem, and fans will have to be careful not to advertise their expensive belongings. The best form of protection is to take out adequate cover for your belongings so that if the worst comes to the worst you will at least be covered financially.

If you are going to South Africa, you should buy travel insurance as soon as you can, which really means as soon as you have purchased your plane ticket. That way if the flight is cancelled then you won’t lose all the money you’ve already paid for accommodation, which is likely to be a considerable amount.


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