Istanbul Airport Attack: What You Need to Know About Travel Insurance, Says Squaremouth

ST. PETERSBURG, FL June 29, 2016 — Squaremouth, a leading travel insurance comparison site, launched the Istanbul Airport Terrorist Attack and Travel Insurance Information Center to answer travelers’ questions about coverage for the June 28 attack at Istanbul’s Atatürk airport.

“Overall, we have seen fewer customers insuring trips to Turkey this year,” said Squaremouth spokesperson Rachael Taft, noting a 58% decrease in customers purchasing policies for Turkey so far this year compared to last year. “For those of our customers who are traveling to Istanbul this summer, this information center will help them understand what travel insurance coverage is available.”

Can I Still Buy Travel Insurance For My Trip to Istanbul?
You can no longer buy a policy with coverage for the June 28 terrorist attack, but travel insurance is still available for upcoming trips to Turkey, including coverage for future attacks. However, some policies exclude Terrorism coverage if a prior attack occurred in the city within the past 30-90 days. Read more about available travel insurance coverage after the Istanbul Airport terrorist attack.

Can I Cancel My Trip to Istanbul?
The U.S. Department of State declared the attack an act of terrorism, meaning the event meets the standard travel insurance definition of terrorism. You may be covered to cancel your trip to Istanbul if you had a policy in place before June 28 and meet your policy’s other requirements for Terrorism coverage. Read more about cancellation due to the Istanbul Airport terrorist attack.

What If I’m Afraid to Travel After the Attack?
Unfortunately, fear of traveling is never a covered reason to cancel on a travel insurance policy. Travelers with the Cancel For Any Reason upgrade can cancel their trip without providing a reason. However, this upgrade comes with a number of stipulations. Read more about Cancel For Any Reason in the wake of the attack Istanbul airport.

What If My Flight Was Delayed or Canceled Because of the Attack?
If the attack at Istanbul’s international airport, and the subsequent closure of the airport, caused your flight to be delayed or canceled, travel insurance can provide coverage for expenses during your delay. Some policies may also cover additional transportation costs and unused prepaid expenses. Read more about coverage for flight delays and cancellations due to the Istanbul Aiport attack.

Visit the Istanbul Airport Terrorist Attack and Travel Insurance Information Center for updates on coverage related to the attack at Atatürk airport. This resource is regularly updated by Squaremouth’s travel insurance experts with provider position statements, travel notices and frequently asked questions related to the terrorist attack at Istanbul’s airport.

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