Travel is a wonderful part of life, and thanks to non-stop flights and transcontinental railways, it’s easier than it has been ever before to see the sights and explore new cultures. It’s something all of us at AllClear are passionate about, and it’s something we think all our customers should be able to do.
Sadly, some travellers and expats pass away while abroad, and new statistics from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) give insight into which countries this occurs.
Dying Matters – we should talk about it
Of the 4,110 reported deaths the FCO has announced, Spain sees the highest number of traveller deaths, with 856 reported cases in 2013-2014. Thailand has had 362 cases, followed by France with 346.
Of course, for those affected by such a heartbreaking event, there is support available. The FCO can advise relatives who are home in the UK on the situation, and the Embassy, High Commission or Consulate will provide support to family members and friends who are with the deceased.
Travel insurance policies also include details of the emergency assistance phone number for repatriation arrangements to be made, though sometimes there are limited to UK office hours. It’s something few consider when taking out a policy, but could be invaluable in a situation where help is needed.
For example, at AllClear our team is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week, accounting for travellers in all timezones who may need to call for support and help in any emergency.
Costs for bringing a body back from a foreign country can vary, but will be in the region of £3,000 to £17,000 according to funeral directors Rowland Brothers International. For those without insurance, it’s often cheaper to lay the person to rest abroad.
A spokesperson said: ‘We are frequently appointed by travel insurance and assistance companies to help families in this sad situation. If there is a tragedy away from home, we always hope that travel insurance is in place.’
Dying Matters is a coalition of 30,000 members across England and Wales which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life. This week, they aim to bring awareness about death and bereavement to the public, helping people to talk about this often-evaded subject.
Join the conversation on twitter all this week. Just use the #YODO hashtag.