by Dale Robinson

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15 March 2021

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Whilst we are now on the path out of lockdown, the UK is still advised to stay at home and international travel remains illegal.

However, with the vaccination programme moving apace and 17th May mooted as the date holidays will be permitted again, many people are inevitably feeling more optimistic about a summer break this year.

Travel Insurance has never been so important, and will be crucial for holidays in 2021.

It will cover you for unexpected situations both while away and in the run up to your holiday, from losing your luggage to covering the costs of medical treatment abroad – even if you catch Covid-19 while away.

It’s important to remember that not all policies offer the same levels of cover or protection, especially when it comes to Coronavirus. 

Enter yor details once and compare prices and cover from a range of specialist insurers, each with bronze, silver and gold options.

Travel Insurance for Coronavirus

 

As a result of Covid-19, we have worked with insurers to adapt policies so that we can offer financial protection against things that could go wrong due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There are several things you should consider when buying Travel Insurance:

 

Medical expenses if you need hospital treatment

 

Medical costs abroad can quickly add up, so cover for medical expenses while away is an essential part of your insurance policy.

Our policies all include cover for emergency medical treatment, including if you were to contract Covid-19 on holiday. The amount of cover varies, but all policies have a minimum of £5,000,000.

That includes cover for repatriation (the cost of getting you home, for example if a stay in hospital means you miss your scheduled flight home).

Don’t forget to declare any pre-existing medical conditions.

 

Cancelling your holiday due to Coronavirus

 

You may be nervous  about booking a holiday in case you cannot travel because you contract Coronavirus on the run up to your departure date.

That’s why you need Travel Insurance.

Some of our policies provide “enhanced Coronavirus cover” which means if you need to cancel your holiday because you test positive for Coronavirus, you can make a claim to recover the costs.

Remember to check the cancellation limit and compare it against the price of your holiday.

All limits are per person and we can provide cover up to £50,000.

 

Being denied boarding on your return trip

 

Testing and temperature checks are expected to be part of travelling for some time yet.

If you test positive for Coronavirus at the airport on your return journey you may incur additional expenses for accommodation and transport.

We have an optional extra on one of our Travel Insurance policies that will provide cover for this – call 0800 294 2969 to find out more.

 

Other things to consider when buying Travel Insurance

 

Covid-19 cover is only one element of Travel Insurance and a comprehensive policy should protect you against several other things that could go wrong.

We would advise that you ensure you have emergency medical cover of at least £5m and that it includes repatriation back to the UK.

 

Top tips when arranging cover:

 

  • Check that you have at least £5m medical cover.
  • Make sure you have cover for repatriation back to the UK.
  • Ensure the cancellation cover is more than the value of your holiday.
  • Check the amount of cover provided if you need to claim for lost baggage and belongings (depending on what you are taking with you)
  • Make sure you have Personal Liability of at least £1m
  • Look out for End Supplier Failure Insurance, which will provide protection if your airline or accommodation provider goes into administration (free on Gold and available as an option for bronze and silver)
  • Check the  ‘excess’ on any policy, which is the amount that will be deducted from any claim pay-out you receive.

When should I buy Travel Insurance?

 

You should always arrange Travel Insurance as soon as you’ve booked a holiday.

This is because cancellation cover starts immediately, for several unexpected situations including redundancy or the death of a close family member.

 

Do I need Travel Insurance for a Staycation?

 

This is a common question due to the brilliant work of the NHS.

But it’s important to remember that Travel Insurance will cover you for host of situations other than medical costs.

Many policies will offer some cover for disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic as well as other important elements such as personal liability, cancellation, end supplier failure and baggage.

We recently posted more info about Staycation Travel Insurance where you can find out more.

Note: You will not be covered if you travel against FCDO advice or to any country where the FCDO has advised against all or all but essential travel. Cover under all sections is subject to insurer T&Cs – you should check policy wording for details or call us to discuss options and exclusions. 

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