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Alyn Smith MP Echoes Advice for Holidaymakers


Categories: Climate Change, Constituency, Culture and Tourism, Travel

Know Before You Go

Local MP Alyn Smith has urged Stirling holidaymakers facing disruption from adverse weather across southern Europe to follow advice issued by the Association of British Insurers (ABI), including on how travel insurance can provide further support.

Heatwaves and wildfires have continued to ravage parts of Europe in recent days, as airlines, holiday companies and industry stakeholders come under increasing pressure to amend their operations to keep visitors safe.

ABI advice recommends constituents:

  • Contact their tour operator or airline for advice and information.  
  • Always follow local health advice, such as dealing with heatwaves. Your travel insurance will apply in the usual way if you need emergency medical treatment due to extreme weather.  
  • If planning on travelling, always keep up to date with and follow the latest foreign travel advice on GOV.UK from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), especially as travelling against it is likely to invalidate your travel insurance.  
  • Check the scope of cover under their travel insurance policy. In some circumstances they may be covered for disruption caused by wildfires or extreme weather, or if they are injured or fall ill due to a wildfire, or heatwave. 

Further information, including answers to commonly asked questions, can be found here

Alyn Smith MP said: 

‘The distressing scenes playing across our news screens are the living reality for local residents and visitors across areas affected by wildfires and extreme heat. The impact of climate change and the effects on communities and wildlife remain extreme, and my thoughts go out to those who have lost lives and livelihoods in these scenes of devastation.

‘Stirling constituents considering travel should ensure they are up to date with the latest news and alerts in the area they are visiting. Holidaymakers, on whom many businesses in those communities rely, must weigh-up various factors as to whether they proceed with their plans to visit close to affected areas. 

‘For those who go or are already there, the insurance industry body ABI has issued some helpful guidance for what to do if you are affected by the wildfires. Above all, people should follow local health advice and keep themselves and others safe.’