Wherever you travel in the world, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) offers comprehensive guidance as to whether your chosen destination is safe to travel to, alongside any general health and safety warnings. Yet, what if you comprehend this information and still choose to travel, ignoring travel warnings?
Is it safe to travel to countries when ignoring travel warnings?
Travel warnings are issued for most countries. While it would be ridiculous to avoid travelling at all, it is wise to take on board the guidance given and make informed travel choices.
Ignoring travel warnings that explicitly advise against travel to a certain area or country, for example, is quite obviously problematic; you are knowingly putting your health and safety at immediate risk.
That being said, travelling to a country, avoiding affected areas or choosing to receive pre-travel vaccinations against a known health issue, are ways that travellers do roam the world, relatively safely, without ignoring travel warnings.
Generally speaking, if the FCO advises against all travel, or all but essential travel, ignoring travel warnings such as these is not recommended.
Liability when travelling in danger zones
When you travel abroad, to be protected under UK law, you need to book your travel through a reputable UK holiday company.
This is sometimes more costly for holidaymakers, especially those who enjoy piecing together parts of their trip independently, creating a unique experience. That being said, do-it-yourself trips can be costly in other ways. If you do experience a holiday illness or injury, it can be very difficult to claim travel accident compensation on your return.
With this in mind, when booking through a UK holiday company, it is extremely unlikely that you will find a business that will happily allow you to travel to danger zones. Therefore, you are typically required to organise the trip yourself and in doing so you take on much of the liability should an accident abroad occur.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you have been involved in an accident abroad and you believe you were not to blame for the harm and distress you suffered, speak with one of our advisors today for more information on claiming travel accident compensation.
Our freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your convenience.
Date Published: April 6, 2016
Author: Accident Advice