Holidaymakers urged to check travel insurance as Covid risk remains

Holidaymakers have been advised to make sure they are covered by a suitable insurance policy before heading overseas this summer. Because of changes in Covid travel restrictions and the risk of rules returning, tourists are being urged to check out any policy to make sure it caters for anything unexpected ..

Co-op Insurance has reported a 101 per cent rise in the purchase of travel policies in the four-month period between January and April 2022 compared to the same pre-pandemic period in 2019. Graham Ward-Lush, head of travel at Co- op Insurance, said: “It’s great to see that more people are starting to travel abroad again and we’ve seen sales of our travel cover double in the first few months of this year, compared to before the pandemic.

“But we understand that the ever-changing rules and regulations from the past two years have caused some confusion for travelers, so it’s important the insurance providers are really clear about what is included in their policies. In 2020 we introduced Covid cover to our travel policy which protects those who have to cancel or cut short a trip if they or someone in their party gets Coronavirus – this still stands today as we continue to live with fluctuating infection levels. “

He added: “Similarly, our policy will cover any additional costs incurred if you catch Covid whilst abroad, such as costs for your return flight if you have to stay longer, which will hopefully offer further peace of mind to people setting off on a long -awaited holiday.

“In terms of vaccinations, restrictions for those who are unvaccinated do still differ from country to country, so customers should check their destination for these rules before their trip, but the same level of cover is provided as per your insurance policy, whether you ‘ re vaccinated or not. ”

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