Holidaymakers are advised to check their travel insurance as the risk of Covid remains

Holidaymakers have been urged to ensure they are covered by an appropriate insurance policy before heading abroad this summer. Due to changes in Covid travel restrictions and the risk of rules returning, tourists are advised to check any policy to ensure it caters for any unforeseen circumstances.

Co-op Insurance reported a 101% increase 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, manager of travel at Co-op Insurance, said: “It’s great to see more people starting to travel overseas 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 of the last couple of years have confused travelers so it’s important insurers really know what’s included in their policies. In 2020 we introduced Covid cover in our travel policy that protects those who have to cancel or cut short a trip if they or someone in their party catches the coronavirus – this still applies today as we continue to live with fluctuating levels of infection.

He added: “Likewise, our policy will cover any additional costs incurred if you catch Covid abroad, such as the cost of your return flight if you need to stay longer, which will hopefully provide a greater peace of mind to people going on a long-awaited vacation.

“In terms of vaccinations, restrictions for those who are unvaccinated still differ from country to country, so customers should check their destination for these rules before they travel, but the same level of cover is provided depending on your insurance policy, whether you’re vaccinated or not.

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