The coronavirus outbreak has spread from China to at least 40 countries, affecting markets and disrupting travel with more than 81,000 cases worldwide and more than 2,700 deaths. A recent increase in cases in Italy, Iran and South Korea has heightened concerns about the ability to contain the virus’ spread.
With spring and summer coming up, some Americans are concerned about or reconsidering their travel plans as the virus continues to spread.
“We’ve seen a record number of calls from customers who are concerned about their future trips and wondering about their options,” said Kasara Barto, public relations manager at Squaremouth, a travel insurance comparison service.
Barto said fear of traveling or viral outbreaks weren’t covered as reasons for cancellation under standard travel insurance plans.
For travelers planning trips or for those who recently booked, a “cancel for any reason” policy upgrade could be a good option, Barto said. The policies allow travelers to cancel their plans for up to three days before their trips and get refunds of up to 75 percent, but the insurance must be bought within two to three weeks of making a first booking, Barto said.
They also come at a price, costing about 40 percent more than standard trip cancellation policies, she said.
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