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Swine Flu Pandemic Sparks Travel Insurance Panic Buying, Says

"Every holiday maker should ensure they are adequately covered."

Cardiff (PRWEB) April 29, 2009 -- Travel insurance quotes at have increased by 62%* amid fears over the spread of swine flu. As one country becomes off limits for holidaymakers, the site urges all travellers to ensure that they have adequate cover for any planned trips. warns travel to Mexico may not be insured if policies were purchased after the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) advised against non essential travel to the area. However, cover for all other destinations is still crucial.

Steve Williams, head of travel insurance comparison at, comments: "Travellers should not be prompted to buy cover by major events such as swine flu. Every holidaymaker should ensure that they are adequately covered as soon as the holiday is booked. Travel insurance will not only cover you for unforeseen incidences such as illness or accidents, but it will also insure your holiday if you need to cancel it unexpectedly. All policies differ so shopping around is advised to ensure a suitable policy is bought by consumers.

"In the case of swine flu, as the cancellation of travel arrangements is down to the FCO advising against non essential travel to an area, travel costs will be refunded by the tour operator. For those who have booked flights and holidays through independent companies, customers need to contact the provider first.

"For people who risk travelling with no cover, this serious situation should demonstrate how important holiday insurance is should you be taken ill when away, or are prevented from going at all. Travel insurance can cost as little as £1.79 per day, which makes chancing it a silly risk to take for such a minimal expense."

  • Quote volumes tracked from Sunday April 26 to Monday April 27

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Notes to editors
About is one of the UK's biggest and most popular price comparison services. Launched in 2002, it generates over one million quotes per month. It has expanded its range of comparison products over the last couple of years to include car insurance, home insurance, travel insurance, pet insurance, van insurance, motorbike insurance, breakdown cover and energy, as well as financial services products including credit cards, loans, mortgages and life insurance. has a panel of 60 home insurers and 83 motor insurers, through which customers can expect to save up to £180 and £205 respectively.* is the only aggregator which has all of the 'big six' energy providers on its panel, and those customers who used to switch energy suppliers between January and July 2008 saved £284.62. is not a supplier, insurance company or broker. It provides a free, objective and unbiased comparison service. By using cutting-edge technology, it has developed a series of intelligent web-based solutions that evaluate a number of risk factors to help customers with their decision-making, subsequently finding them great deals on a wide-range of insurance products, financial services, utilities and more.'s service is based on the most up-to-date information provided by UK suppliers and industry regulators. is owned by the Admiral Group plc. Admiral listed on the London Stock Exchange in September 2004. is regulated by the FSA.

  • Based on the average annual customer savings made in the first quarter of 2009.


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