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Race to offer coronavirus travel insurance rolls on

Race to offer coronavirus travel insurance rolls on | Insurance Business

Race to offer coronavirus travel insurance rolls on

How quickly times change.

It doesn’t seem like too long ago that insurers were temporarily withdrawing their travel cover in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, or, at the very least, issuing messages informing their customers that they would not be covered from the implementation of a government advisory on travel onwards.

Now, it seems the market is ultra-competitive again – with companies racing to get to the head of the COVID-19 cover pack.

It was just a week ago that we offered you updates from the likes of Admiral, Hays and TUI. Now you can add another name to that list.

battleface, which provides medical insurance benefits and services to travellers, has released its own COVID-19 travel insurance package. The new policy, which includes some countries to which travel is currently not advised by the FCO, covers travellers up to the age of 59 and includes medical expenses caused by or resulting from COVID-19. It does not, however, include COVID-19 expenses in relation to curtailments, lockdowns or trip cancellations.

“If the FCO advises against ‘all but essential’ travel to a country, it more often than not invalidates travellers’ insurance, and visiting there is at your own risk. battleface removes that uncertainty and gives travellers the confidence they’ve been looking for,” said Sasha Gainullin, CEO of battleface.

The switch applies to policies purchased from July 17 onwards – those purchased before retain COVID-19 exclusions.