Travellers warned about trips to North Africa and Middle East


In the wake of the recent uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, as well as other countries across North Africa and the Middle East, has issued a warning to travellers regarding the validity of their travel insurance policies.

As well as the obvious danger that comes from visiting volatile countries in the region at this time, travellers must also remember that if the Foreign Office has advised against travel to a country then this will affect travel insurance claims.

If you buy your insurance and travel to the region before an official announcement has been made then you will still be covered by your insurer. However, if the government has issued travel advice stating that it does not recommend travel to a country and you still choose to travel, you should be prepared for the fact that your travel insurance is unlikely to cover you for any claims.

Stuart Bensusan from said that consumers should “listen and adhere to the advice given by the Foreign Office” because they won’t be covered by travel insurance if an area is deemed unsafe.

If you are planning to travel to any country that could be considered volatile then the best advice is to check out the Foreign Office website regularly and watch for any announcements. You can also sign up to receive emails for your country of travel so that you will receive notification if any announcements are made.

Whereas the dangers of travel to some countries, such as Libya, will be self evident, other countries which appear to be safe may also come with risks. The last thing you want is to end up in a dangerous country without any travel insurance cover, so make sure you check with the Foreign Office website before you travel, and if in any doubt contact your travel insurance provider to see if you will be covered.


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