In a recent survey conducted by OAG, it was revealed that the younger generation is more willing to travel abroad than their elderly relatives. In fact, almost 70% of those surveyed said that they plan to take an international flight within the next six months.

However, it was also discovered that 70% of those surveyed admitted that they were less likely to change their travel plans or behaviour as a result of the coronavirus. Less than 56% of the Millennials and Generation Z also surveyed rated their fear level of catching coronavirus at 5 or below, with only 28% rating their concern at 8 or higher.

While it’s good news that so many youngsters are planning to travel and keep the industry going, we cannot stress enough the importance of getting the right travel insurance, should you decide to travel abroad during this very uncertain time.

Many travel insurance policies available in the market now provide cover for claims related to Covid-19, including:

  • cancellation cover if you contract Covid-19 within 14-days prior to your trip
  • medical expenses and repatriation costs should you fall ill with Covid-19 during your trip
  • and some even provide cover for denied boarding should you have a suspected case of Covid-19 and not be allowed on your flight home

However, please note that the majority of travel insurance providers will not offer any cover if you travel against the advice of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). There are a small number of providers who do offer this cover, but we would urge anyone thinking of buying one of these policies, and travelling again the FCDO advice, to fully understand any limitations these policies have.

Travel policies differ from provider to provider, so if you have any concerns about the cover you are buying (or already have in place), we would recommend that you speak to your travel insurer directly.

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