Global Alert – Istanbul Terrorist Attack Position Statement
On Saturday, March 19th, 2016, a suicide bomber attacked Istanbul, Turkey, killing 5 people. The U.S. Department of State identified this as a terrorist attack, and as such, these tragic events meet the guidelines and requirements for coverage under certain Global Alert travel protection plans.
Plans purchased on or before March 18th, 2016, may have coverage for these attacks.
Any travelers currently in Istanbul and in need of assistance should please contact their plan’s 24 hour emergency assistance hotline. Representatives are available at all times to assist arranging emergency medical transportation and treatment. Clients’ safety and wellbeing is our priority.
Global Alert understands other travel plans may be impacted by these events. Travelers currently on their trip may incur unexpected costs from delays or missed flights. Many plans offer trip delay coverage after a 9 hour delay and missed connection coverage after a 3 hour delay. Trip interruption coverage may also apply if portions of the trip cannot be completed because of the attacks, or if it is necessary to return home early. Please contact Global Alert with questions, and please always review the plan documents for details.
For those with upcoming travel plans to Istanbul, Turkey, trip cancellation coverage due to a terrorist attack may be available. Some plans require the trip departure to be within 30 days of the attack in order for coverage to apply. To confirm whether coverage is available for your scheduled trip, please consult your plan documents or call us with your questions. Agents are available 24/7 and eager to assist you.
This information is a general overview of coverage benefits that may apply if travel plans are impacted by this terror attack. The coverage available will be based on the terms in your travel protection plan. Please refer to your plan documents to learn more or contact Global Alert with questions. Agents are available 24/7 and happy to help.