Deficiency of medical care is one of the biggest risks for UAE travellers, of whom 65% are not backed by travel insurance, according to Middle East comparison site yallacompare.
CFO Jonathan Rawling stated that majority of insurance policies offer inexpensive medical coverage which will provide the passengers with financial protection in the event of a life-threatening illness or injury.
“Not having proper coverage for medical care on holiday is a big risk that you take by not being covered by travel insurance… The point here is that these things can and do happen. And when they do, that small investment in an insurance policy before you travel will look like excellent value for money,” he said.
But medical emergencies are not the only reason travellers should choose travel insurance, Rawling said, as a survey by yallacompare found 40% of UAE residents have seen some sort of travel-related incident.
“Naturally, then, without travel insurance, you lose access to that financial protection. Plus, you’re left on your own to sort out any issue that you may come across while travelling,” he said. Travel insurance is an essential part of any trip. There are times where people consciously decide not to include the insurance with their package, as they don’t want to spend anymore money. But the idea of having travel insurance is to protect you from anything that may happen to you while you are abroad. If you are a frequent flyer, it may be in your best interest to go for annual plans, as this means you don’t have to constantly keep purchase separate insurance for each trip. This just makes it a lot easier for you and one less thing for you to think about when you are booking your trips.
Rawling also said that most UAE residents choose out of travel insurance because they ‘forget’.
“The biggest reason that UAE residents give for travelling without insurance is that they forget about doing it. Over 32% say that they prefer to ensure they’re covered, but they often forget ahead of a trip,” he said.
However, over 21% of respondent said travel insurance is too expensive, with some noting uncertainty with regards to buying it and others believing it is too tricky to purchase.
However, travel insurance can be bought online in five minutes, Rawling said, adding that it costs as little as $22 (AED81) to cover most issues in a week’s trip abroad.
“You fill out a few details about your trip, and before you know it, a valid policy is in your inbox. And secondly, travel insurance is extremely cheap when compared to the overall cost of a trip abroad,” he said.
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