Enhanced Covid-19 insurance launched for travel in Europe including where FCDO advice is against all but essential travel due to Covid
1st July 2021
A travel insurance policy backed by the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA), and available through its 1800 member brokers, now includes an enhanced Covid-19 extension for European holidays, even to destinations where the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advise against “all but essential travel” due to Covid-19. It provides cancellation cover and medical expenses costs for those who have been vaccinated and wish to travel to places that the FCDO advise against “all but essential travel” where this advice is solely because of Covid-19.
It also covers several other scenarios that are not covered as standard on the majority of travel insurance products such as cancellation due to the failure to complete your vaccine course due to illness, adverse reaction to Covid-19 vaccine within 14 days of your scheduled departure date, and cancellation due to being told to self isolate by the UK Government’s Test and Trace service.
This is in addition to the standard cover for Covid-19 emergency medical treatment, repatriation costs and any extra travel and accommodation expenses abroad if you catch Covid. Children who have not been vaccinated will also be covered under the policy as long as they are under 18, have not refused a vaccine when offered one, and the Government hasn’t announced the vaccine roll out to under 18s.
Graeme Trudgill, BIBA Executive Director, commented: “This welcome new additional cover from the BIBA Holiday Travel scheme with JLU can give vaccinated holidaymakers improved peace of mind when booking a holiday. It allows them to enjoy their trip with the confidence they have protection from comprehensive travel insurance that provides a great deal of insurance protection for Covid risks and even track and trace self-isolation. Cover can be arranged through a participating BIBA broker, you can speak to one by calling our Find Insurance Service on 0370 950 1790.”
Dipesh Patel, Senior Underwriter for Jackson Lee Underwriting (JLU)1, the providers of the new policy, comments: “We’re delighted to be one of the first to offer this new and important extension to a travel policy. Whether holidaying in the UK or abroad, it is imperative now more than ever that clients get broad and appropriate cover that will respond to unique risks presented by the pandemic. The traffic light system announced by the government in a bid to open up our borders again, means many insurance policies will now have elements of cover relating to Covid-19, but there is a huge difference between the wordings currently on offer.
“Clearly the pandemic has been a worrying and challenging time for many, but as we begin to look to the future and open our borders again, we’re in an excellent position to make sure we equip brokers and their customers with first class coverage, to give them the added reassurance and protection they need to get moving again.”
The key eligibility requirement for the extension is that you must have had, or have booked the Covid-19 vaccinations offered to you at the earliest opportunity. The policies including the new extension, from JLU are called Holiday Travel+ and Sports Travel+, and are available through BIBA insurance brokers which can be found by calling 0370 950 1790 or on the BIBA Find Insurance website.
Notes to editors
- The policy is provided by Virtual Insurance Products Limited trading as Jackson Lee Underwriting.
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- About Jackson Lee Underwriting
Jackson Lee Underwriting is an MGA celebrating 30 years in business this year with offices in London, Devon and Warwickshire. It has been the BIBA approved GAP scheme provider since 2012 and is now the BIBA endorsed Travel scheme provider. It specialises in bringing a broad range of innovative niche insurance products to the broker market.