Jenna Hummer, director of public relations at Squaremouth, a company that compares and sells travel insurance plans, says travelers should research what’s happening in the country they are visiting. “Travel insurance, and insurance in general, covers only unforeseen events and emergencies,” Hummer said. “So once an event is deemed ‘foreseen,’ travelers can no longer buy coverage for that event.”
If the situation in Hong Kong escalates and the government calls for an evacuation, most standard plans would cover those costs, Hummer says.
The U.S. State Department last Wednesday issued a travel advisory to Americans traveling to Hong Kong, urging them to stay on top of events by monitoring local media, avoid areas of demonstrations or large protests, and enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive alerts and make it easier for officials to locate you in an emergency.
Protesters were in their fourth consecutive day of protests at the airport, aiming to bring international attention to a movement against police violence and unwanted Chinese influence over Hong Kong that has inflamed the city for 10 weeks, an L.A. Times story reports.
Read the full LA Times article online here: https://www.latimes.com/travel/story/2019-08-12/some-airlines-waive-change-fees-to-hong-kong