Aussies could face a new travel levy

Mozo

Tuesday 30 October 2012

Aussies who are planning a trip abroad could have to pay a levy to cover the irresponsible actions of their fellow countrymen in the future.

A new parliamentary committee report backed by Labor, the Greens and the Coalition has suggested that people who get into trouble while on holiday are eating into the cost of running diplomatic operations, the Herald Sun reports.

One in five Aussies travel to a foreign land without any insurance, while many others overestimate the level of cover they have taken out.

To combat this, the report suggested that passport fees need to be raised slightly or a specific travel levy charged to pay for consular services.

Aussies who have a run-in with the police or end up in hospital while abroad are usually hit with huge bills.

A lot of people have also become stranded when all of their overseas travel money has been stolen.

To prevent this from happening, it is worth taking out a travel credit card as these can be cancelled immediately if they go missing.

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