The uncertainty around flights, hotels and cruises has people scrambling for travel insurance, even if it won’t cover many of the problems posed by the COVID-19 outbreak, said Kasara Barto, a spokeswoman for travel insurance comparing website SquareMouth.
“A viral outbreak isn’t something that’s usually covered on standard travel insurance policies,” Barto said. “There may be some coverage if you get sick or if you get quarantined when you get back, but not if you want to cancel a trip because you are scared.”
There are more comprehensive “cancel-for-any-reason” policies, but those tend to cost about 40% more, only cover about 75% of the trip costs and must be purchased within two to three weeks of the trip being booked, Barto said.
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