Martin Lewis issues vital travel warning to follow before booking 2023 holidays

Money expert Martin Lewis has warned Brits planning on a holiday in the coming months.

January and the following weeks is the peak period for booking trips away and plenty of people are already looking to get some summer sun in the diary.

Popular travel spots like Spain and Portugal have some cracking deals available online.

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While Ryanair is selling off summer flights from as little as £13.99.

However, Martin Lewis, the man behind Money Saving Expert, shared a warning for holidaymakers ahead of booking.

In his newsletter he shared a common mistake many tourists make, reports the Liverpool Echo.

He said that his "heart sinks" when he hears of people leaving their travel insurance arrangements until after they’ve made holiday bookings and reservations.

Martin wrote: "Each spring without fail, someone asks me a heartbreaking question.

“Usually they've been diagnosed with cancer or another serious condition that needs long-term treatment, and they won't be able to go on their summer holiday.

"Yet the airline won't refund them – within its rights as the ticket is not faulty.

"I say, 'that's what travel insurance is for'.

“Sometimes though, they tell me they haven't got round to getting it yet.

"My heart sinks as I have to tell them there's no recourse.

“Half the point of the cover is to protect you if things happen that stop you going, so get it ASAB – As Soon As you Book."

Martin added that you should try and ensure you have a valid EHIC ((European Health Insurance Card) or its replacement the GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card) before jetting off.

The cards allow you to get free medical care in state hospitals and GPs in the EU or Switzerland for the same cost as locals pay.

So they’re super handy to have to hand in case of an accident, emergency or illness while on holiday.

Other important things to remember when travelling this year are that from November Brits heading to the EU will need to have an European Travel Information and Authorisation System e-visa.

The ETIAS pass works in a similar way to an ESTA in the US and grants you passage into the EU for three years before you must apply again.

It will set you back £6 per traveller and everyone aged 18 to 70 must pay for one.

Those under 18 and over 70 will also need an ETIAS but it will be free.

Visitors should complete the ETIAS and pay at least 72 hours before arriving in the EU.

See for more information.


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