Coronavirus Outbreak Concerns Can Be Covered By Travel Insurance Upgrade

Coronavirus Outbreak Concerns Can Be Covered By Travel Insurance Upgrade

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. January 21, 2020 – The outbreak of a mysterious new Coronavirus in China and other Asian countries is causing hundreds to fall ill and has travelers questioning if it is safe to visit the affected areas. Travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, warns travelers that even though they can purchase a policy now, it might not provide all the coverage travelers are looking for. 

Fear of Virus Doesn’t Activate Cancellation Coverage 

With little known about the virus, travelers may turn to travel insurance for coverage to cancel upcoming trips. However, even if a traveler is concerned for their health or safety, being afraid to travel is not enough to trigger cancellation benefits under standard travel insurance policies.

Cancel for Any Reason Upgrade Available

Travelers who have yet to book their trip, or who booked within the past month, have the option to purchase an upgraded trip cancellation policy. The Cancel for Any Reason benefit allows travelers to receive a partial refund for a trip they no longer wish to take for reasons not covered by a standard policy, including fear of contracting a virus. 

Medical Benefits Available for Trips to Affected Areas

If an insured traveler falls ill with the China Coronavirus while on their trip, they can be reimbursed for medical expenses and can even be covered to return home early if medically necessary. Policies with emergency medical and medical evacuation benefits are currently available for travelers heading to affected destinations. 

For regularly updated information about Covid-19 and travel insurance, please visit our Covid-19 travel insurance information hub.

Notes to editors

Available Topic Expert: Steven Benna, inhouse data specialist is available for comment and interview. (727) 619-7262

About Squaremouth: has insured over 3 million travelers. Using Squaremouth’s intuitive quoting and comparison engine, award-winning support team, and verified customer reviews, travelers can save time and money to find the best travel insurance policy for their trip.