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Expatriate Insurance News: 9-in-10 people ignore FO warnings

British expatriates are failing to check the Foreign Office (FO) prior to travelling abroad, according to new research.

Figures revealed by sunshine.co.uk revealed that three-quarters are not logging on to the portal before they set off on their journeys, while nine-in-ten do not know which countries the FO has issued warnings about.

Almost 2,000 people took part in the survey and 53 per cent said that they would ignore any advice and carry on with their travels despite any advice to the contrary from the FO. However, when it comes to reasons not to visit other countries, warnings surrounding violent incidents and protests would be most likely to deter them.

Other compromising factors which would put people off are the dangers of severe weather and natural disasters, with expats and travellers then choosing to cancel or delay their journey until a later time when it is safe to do so.

Chris Clarkson, managing director of Sunshine.co.uk, said: "The FO issues travel warnings for a reason. Britons wishing to remain safe and enjoy a hassle-free trip overseas should always check the FO website for advice and base their travel plans around what they find."

Mr Clarkson went on to say that he was "shocked" to see that many people aren't bothering to check advice which has been issued, as this should be part of any excursion abroad.

This is especially true of anywhere "off the beaten track", according to Mr Clarkson, where news of any incidents or disasters might not be covered back in the UK.

The FO currently has advice for 225 countries or territories around the world. This information is regularly updated to show whether it is still relevant, while there are also handy tips on local laws and customs which need to be adhered to.

Data on health, money, entry requirements, safety and security, terrorism and natural disasters can also be accessed, making the website a must-visit hub before any expatriate goes abroad.

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