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Travel insurance, including trip cancellation insurance for COVID-19 is extremely important to consider when planning any travel since the onset of the pandemic and due to current unpredictable world events. Below are some FAQ’s regarding travel insurance and coverages for coronavirus.
1. What exactly is Travel Insurance? Travel insurance is an insurance policy purchased through a licensed trip/travel insurance company that is intended to cover such things as medical expenses (should you fall ill while travelling), trip cancellation, lost bags, and other mishaps when traveling abroad. This coverage has nothing to do with any credit card coverages NOR with your health insurance as it is a SEPARATE policy specifically to protect your trip.
2. Is this coverage included with my package? We do NOT include trip insurance in our packages and they MUST BE PURCHASED SEPARATELY (typically within 14 to 21 days of your initial deposit date). We do NOT include the insurance in our packages, because policies vary in cost depending on factors such as age, state/country of residence, trip cost, and other factors and you must OPT in and purchase it separately.
3. Is trip cancellation for COVID-19 included in standard travel insurance policies? It depends on the reason for a potential cancellation. Typically you ARE covered for cancellation if you or your travel companion are infected with COVID-19 and cannot travel due to being ill/positive with COVID. Currently, this even includes testing positive for the virus before departure and not being able to travel due to a positive test!
However , trip cancellation insurance for COVID-19 policies typically will NOT cover if you cancel your trip due to reasons such as:
- Fear of traveling due to the outbreak condition in a specific country or location.
- Not feeling comfortable traveling due to a new COVID strain or variant or other new disease or virus.
- Your government issuing a travel warning against travel to your destination. (or upgrading a warning to a higher level).
- Your destination country blocking entry from your country or stopping flights from your country.
- Not wanting to travel because your state or country requires YOU to quarantine upon return.
- Your destination has new lockdowns or curfews.
- There are restrictions at the travel destination due to vaccination status.
- Not being vaccinated for COVID and the destination you are going to requires it for travel or changes rules and newly requires vaccines or a booster shot.
- You are unable to travel to the country you are booked for as there is a new variant and your country is not on an “approved list.”
4. How can I protect my trip if policies do NOT cover the situations above? One of the only ways to protect future travel plans from disruption and cancellation for coronavirus would be to purchase a travel trip cancellation insurance for Covid-19 that has a specific upgrade to CANCEL FOR ANY REASON or “CFAR”. These these policies typically are “upgrades” to the standard coverages and you must OPT-IN and UPGRADE (if available) to “CANCEL FOR ANY REASON” when purchasing them. CFAR policies reimburse up to 75% of your non refundable or non recoverable trip costs and the cancellation must be done at least 2 days prior to departure. You also must typically insure the full cost of your trip.
5. Can I file a CFAR claim if a trip or special event has been Cancelled? Generally NO. Please note that cancel for any reason is valid if YOU cancel the trip for any reason. In the event that a travel company cancels a trip (for example if a special event is cancelled or any force majeure event beyond our control makes us cancel the trip) and a CREDIT is granted for future travel or is rolled over for the following year’s event, most travel insurances will MAKE YOU TAKE THE CREDIT. This is new as of July 15th, 2021 and we recommend checking this with the travel insurance company prior to booking and purchasing coverage. Remember, CFAR is only valid typically if YOU CANCEL the trip for any reason.
6. When do I need to purchase Trip Cancellation Insurance for COVID-19 coverage? Travel insurance policies can usually be purchased any time you wish prior to departure, but the “cancel for any reason” CFAR upgrade usually has to be purchased within 21 days of the date you initially booked your trip. Additionally other coverages are time specific too (such as some pre-existing medical condition coverages) so it is always best to purchase it ASAP after booking. We advise that you call the travel insurance company that you will be purchasing the policy from PRIOR to booking so you have the correct and updated information as purchase time limits can vary by state and some states may not offer CFAR coverage or have limit amounts for coverage.
7. Do you recommend a specific company? We recommend the following travel insurance company click here but you are welcome to book with any company of your choice. Click HERE for a recommended travel insurance company for Canadian residents. If you are a NON USA or Canadian resident, we recommend shopping online for a reputable travel insurance provider in your country of residence for Trip Cancellation Insurance for COVID-19.
If you are partaking in any adventure sports (such as hang gliding, rafting, zip lining,hiking, or other activities, please check with the provider we suggested OR shop around to make sure you are covered for those particular activities as sometimes specific “sports riders” must be purchased with certain companies).
We recommend that all clients shop around and be as knowledgeable as possible about insurance to make the right choice for them. Before committing to any kind of travel insurance coverage it’s always a good idea to call the insurance provider to make sure that everything you think is covered will be covered for your exact trip to the exact destination you are going to. It is also a good idea to discuss any potential situations or hypothetical scenarios you have questions about in terms of whether or not those would be covered as well.
8. What is the cost of the Trip Cancellation Insurance for COVID-19? – The cost will depend on your state of residency, as well as your trip cost and age. The link above will help you calculate the coverage cost.
9. Is medical coverage included should I fall ill while on the trip with COVID-19? Currently – YES. COVID-19 is treated the same as any other sickness for purposes of all coverages that are triggered by a sickness.
10. The world has largely opened for travel due to COVID19. Should I still get the coverage? Yes. It is important to remember that currently , even though the COVID-19 pandemic has largely subsided, new variants and lockdowns or other restrictions can always occur! Even if you have been vaccinated and boosted and countries are easing restrictions for travel, they can always be re-imposed such as pre-travel testing or new booster requirements etc. For this reason it is a good idea to have insurance. Insurance can also cover you for testing positive and not being able to board the aircraft (should your destination require a COVID -19 test to enter). Lastly, some countries still require that you have medical insurance while on your trip in case you fall ill with COVID. Medical insurance is included with most policies.
11. Is this travel insurance only valid for COVID related claims? – NO this coverage including CFAR is valid for medical and cancellation that is UNRELATED to COVID too – for example, the coverage could potentially cover a cancellation due to not feeling comfortable traveling for any personal reason (political unrest in a destination or region you are traveling to, you simply not feeling like traveling for any personal reason whatsoever, an accident or illness that prevents you or your travel companion from traveling unrelated to the pandemic). etc.
This post is for general information purposes only. The COVID-19 situation is a highly dynamic situation. Travel insurance products are subject to change without notice, as well as country entry requirements. It is up to the individual traveler to obtain up to date and correct information prior to purchasing any coverage and/or traveling abroad. We do not endorse traveling against government travel advisories and recommend that you consult with your physician prior to traveling during the pandemic.
If you have any further questions, please contact your sales rep or click HERE. Due to the fast-evolving situation with COVID-19 we do recommend that you call the travel insurance provider PRIOR to purchasing any trip to make sure you are up to date with all policies and coverage as they are always subject to change.