TUI has decided to offer its UK customers free travel insurance for the rest of the year to cover any costs incurred by coronavirus. Many travellers have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic while abroad. Some holidaymakers have been subject to two weeks quarantine while others have been trapped in a foreign country during lockdown.
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Now, TUI’s coronavirus insurance cover is good news for its customers.
The tour operator has said its travel insurance will protect travellers from a variety of incidents.
TUI says it will cover the cost of testing for suspected cases, medical expenses for anyone who catches coronavirus, and food and accommodation for anyone who is expected to go into quarantine while on holiday abroad.
The insurance will also cover the return flight if a customer is forced to extend their stay after being asked to self-isolate.
They will also be covering anyone who has to repatriate for medical reasons.
Andrew Flintham, managing director of TUI UK and Ireland, said: “We’ve done a lot of work to ensure we can take our customers on relaxing, enjoyable and – most importantly – safe holidays again and it’s really exciting to be able to offer our customers additional peace of mind when booking with us, with our new Covid-19 Cover.
“We know some people may not feel confident travelling right now, but we’re inviting them to start looking forward to holidays again, and we can’t wait to take them away whenever they choose to join us.”
The coronavirus pandemic has prompted many changes take place within the travel industry.
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Travel insurance is just one aspect of the holiday experience that companies are now having to re-think.
Many keen travellers who were meant to have summer holidays back in May and June had their bookings and/or flights cancelled as international travel restrictions continued.
In fact, a number of travel companies are now announcing similar insurance packages to give people more confidence to travel.
Jet2holidays, Hays Travel and ABTA have all launched similar policies to TUI’s.
TUI has also said it plans to expand its summer operations.
Now that Greece has opened its borders to flights directly from the UK, TUI will be adding more destinations to its network.
It comes as comparethemarket revealed that more than one in 10 people think they are unlikely to take out travel insurance if they were to book a holiday abroad.
Millions of people risk travelling uninsured and could be putting themselves at risk.
Young people aged 18-24 are less likely to take out travel insurance, according to comparethemarket.
Eighteen percent of those aged 18-24 said they would not purchase a policy before going on holiday.
But the website’s research also found that more than half (51 percent) of people are unlikely to travel abroad at all in 2020 as they don’t feel safe.
More people are reportedly looking to take a break in the UK instead.
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