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- Posted:Thursday, July 23, 2009
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However, even if the problem is not as extensive as once feared it certainly is a stark reality that needs to be faced. And with the illness hitting some countries particularly hard, we travellers need to think carefully about our plans.
That, of course, includes the issue of insurance. In the UK, British Airways and Virgin have been turning away passengers suspected of having swine flu, while those who manage to get on a plane could find that they are quarantined on arrival - not the ideal way to kick off a holiday!
Insurance should be something anyone embarking on backpacker travel includes in their planning anyway, as you never know when something valuable might go missing or an airline go into administration.
But the topic of swine flu has certainly brought this need to the forefront of many people's minds, as the question of what happens if you're refused from a flight is raised.
A spokesperson for the Association of British Insurers has provided some relief to those who do have a policy in place, as she explained that it should allow for such an eventuality.
The advice is simply not to delay, as she said: "The earlier you take out insurance, the better, because you are covered for anything that happens between taking out insurance and coming home from holiday."