Terror Attacks in Brussels, Travel Alert issued

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Travel insurance comparison site InsureMyTrip reports an increase in demand for travel insurance due to a growing concern over terrorism. The response comes as the US State Department issues a travel alert for Europe following deadly attacks on March 22nd in Brussels.

“This new threat comes as millions of Americans are preparing to travel for the holiday weekend. We understand that many travelers are concerned about their overall safety and unexpected travel disruptions. Our customer care department is available to offer guidance on how travel insurance may apply and to help find appropriate coverage for travelers,” InsureMyTrip CEO Jim Grace.

Since the attacks occurred, licensed travel insurance agents at InsureMyTrip estimate a 15 percent jump in calls from travelers seeking insurance protection.

According to an internal poll of licensed insurance agents at InsureMyTrip, the most common requests from travelers regarding terrorism concerns are the following:

1.    Information on terrorism-related coverage.
2.    How to cancel a trip due to terrorism fears.
3.    Information on the Cancel For Any Reason benefit.
4.    How to postpone or change upcoming travel plans.

Here are some examples of how travel insurance can help travelers due to terrorism-related concerns under the trip cancellation, trip interruption and travel delay benefits offered by most travel insurance providers on a comprehensive plan:

Cancel trip due to a terrorist attack: if a terrorist attack happens in a destination on a traveler’s itinerary shortly before departure. Typically, coverage only extends to terror acts that have occurred within a certain number of days before a scheduled departure. Not all travel insurance providers offer this coverage and there are specific requirements.

Cancel trip for any reason: this is an optional time-sensitive benefit that allows travelers to cancel their trip for any reason.

Terrorism-related travel delay: if a terrorism-related situation causes a significant airport slowdown or flight delay.

Terrorism-related trip interruption: if a terrorism event happens at the destination after the traveler has arrived and traveler must cut their trip short.

Emergency assistance: most InsureMyTrip travel insurance providers offer 24/7 assistance services for travelers needing help while traveling or faced with an emergency situation during their trip.

Travelers interested in learning more about protection plans or coverage available can visit www.InsureMyTrip.com or call (800) 487-4722 to speak with a licensed travel insurance agent in our customer care department.

As this situation unfolds, InsureMyTrip understands that travelers may have concerns about upcoming travel plans to the area. Here is some useful information for those with questions about  upcoming travel plans to the region or questioning whether to cancel future trips or reschedule. Here is some useful information:

  • To seek clarification on travel insurance coverage, contact InsureMyTrip Customer Care at 1-800-487-4722.
  • View learn articles on terrorism-related travel insurance coverage or Cancel For Any Reason information on the InsureMyTrip website.
  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and France Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Brussels which is located at Blvd du Regent 27, B-1000 in Brussels and is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except U.S. federal and Belgian holidays). If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S, Embassy is: 02-811-4000.

 

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