WARWICK, RI, October 26, 2009—Recent alerts from the Department of State suggest that one of the greatest risks to travelers today may be who you sit next to on the plane. An unhealthy or coughing seatmate could spell delay for you in places like China and Cuba where U.S. travel alerts warn of government-implemented quarantining of arriving passengers who exhibit fever or flu-like symptoms. While enforced quarantine may be unavoidable, losing your travel investment isn’t.
“Quarantined travelers stand to lose a lot unless they’re properly insured,” explains Jim Grace, President and CEO of InsureMyTrip.com. “The time you spend in quarantine means time lost enjoying your trip, unused hotel reservations, missed pre-paid planned activities, and possibly a future one-way ticket home. Travel insurance protects your financial investment so you don’t pay for an itinerary you can’t follow as planned.”
“Quarantine coverage is provided by most insurance companies,” continues Grace, “but it’s important to know the details of your policy as they vary by company and plan. Some companies provide quarantine benefits only if you are sick while others provide benefits if you are not sick but singled out because you were traveling with or near to someone who is ill.”
Trip Cancellation Package Policies offer the broadest protection, including coverage for trip cancellation, interruption, baggage and travel delay, as well as medical and emergency evacuation. In a situation of quarantine, the first coverage activated in these policies is usually travel delay, which provides reimbursement for overnight hotel stays and meals during the quarantine. In the event you are sick however, other components of coverage in the policy are triggered including medical and trip interruption.
“Over the past few months, InsureMyTrip’s Customer Care Center has been inundated with a host of consumer questions about travel insurance coverage for H1N1 influenza including options to cancel trips to areas impacted by the virus before departure,” says Grace. Cancel For Any Reason is the only coverage that enables the traveler to cancel their trip for fear of contracting Swine Flu. This coverage is included in some Package Policies and offered as an optional add-on with others.
Travel insurance can’t prevent things from going wrong, but it can help ease your travel woes and get your journey back on track. Whether you simply need one question answered or would like step-by-step assistance selecting the best travel insurance policy for your needs, InsureMyTrip.com’s expert Customer Care team can help. Visit www.insuremytrip.com or call (800) 487-4722 to speak with a licensed travel insurance representative, Monday through Friday 7 AM to Midnight, Saturday 9 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM ET.
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