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Nine in ten holidaymakers don’t know which countries the Foreign Office (FO) has warned against travel to and more than half admit they would ignore the advice anyway, a survey has revealed.
Three quarters of those questioned about the impact of government travel warnings by travel agent sunshine.co.uk said they do not check the FO website for advice before travelling.
If it the destination in question was somewhere with a warning in place, 53 per cent of the 1,962 British adults who took part said they would still go ahead with their holiday.
Of those who said they would heed the advice, “violent incidents and protests” were voted most likely to put them off visiting. Warnings of “severe weather and natural disaster” would also make them reconsider.
Chris Clarkson, managing director of Sunshine.co.uk, said: “I was shocked to see that many Britons don’t bother to check advice that’s been issued, as it should be part and parcel of the holiday bookings process, especially if you’re planning to go somewhere off the beaten track.”
“The FO issues travel warnings for a reason. Britons wishing to remain safe and enjoy a hassle-free trip overseas should always check the FO website for advice and base their travel plans around what they find.”
The FO website has up-to-date information on issues that may affect travellers in every country in the world. Read the latest warnings, country-by-country here.