The Insurance Council of Australia
(ICA) has advised Aussies who intend to make a claim in relation to the weekend’s failed military coup in Turkey to review their travel insurance.
Rob Whelan, ICA CEO, said claims arising from riots, wars, rebellions, civil unrest, or military insurrections were commonly excluded in travel insurance policies.
“The attempted coup doesn’t void travel insurance policies, and policyholders in Turkey will still be able to lodge claims for a wide range of losses that are unrelated to the uprising," Whelan said.
“Each travel insurer has different terms and conditions. Travellers should review their policy document to check its inclusions and exclusions, and contact their insurer if they have questions.”
Whelan has also advised Aussies in Turkey to monitor local media to avoid disruptions and trouble. In a statement, he said that the Australian government’s official travel advice for Turkey has remained largely unchanged:
“The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller website continues to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Turkey overall, and reconsider their need to travel to Istanbul and Ankara.”
“Turkey’s main airports have now reopened, while hotels and other tourism infrastructure continue to operate.
“Australians who were planning to depart for Turkey imminently should contact their travel and accommodation providers if they wish to seek a refund, credit, or alternative travel arrangements,” advised Whelan.
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