Radio 4 promotes international insurance myth

15 September 2011

A debate on Radio 4’s World at One programme today (15th September 2011) promoted the myth that Foreign Office travel advice prevents UK business from getting insurance to work in high risk countries like Libya – which it does not.

Martha Kearny, the respected Radio 4 news presenter, implied that Foreign Office warnings against travel precludes businesses from getting insurance. 
In fact The Foreign Office advice, summarised in our guides for high risk countries, is advice for individual travellers only. Businesses can almost always get cover for activity, anywhere in the world.

Peter Bellwood explains the common myth: “Foreign Office advice against travel to a particular country or region will often invalidate standard insurance policies that carry a clause against travel to dangerous or risky places. All this means is that you may need specialist insurance cover – something that Bellwood Prestbury is an expert in. We have clients of all types and size working in areas the UK Foreign Office, US State Department and other government bodies advise against travelling to, all properly protected by policies purposefully created to cover the additional risks people may encounter.”

If you need insurance for Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen or other regions, please contact our international insurance experts today on +44 (0) 1242 584 558.

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