USA Today, February 2nd 2010 – Traveling to Egypt? Get answers here

Published by Chris Harvey February 2, 2011

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Q: I’m booked on a future trip to Egypt. Can I get my money back?

A: Maybe. According to the tour operators association, most members are “allowing travelers to reschedule trips for a future date without penalties, issuing credits for future travel or refunding payments.” For example, General Tours has canceled all Egypt tours through March. It’s offering cash refunds or the option to reschedule for clients booked through Feb. 28 and the choice of a later departure or one-year credit for those booked March 1-31. But Ronen Paldi of Ya’lla Tours USA, which has canceled all Egypt departures through Feb. 13, says refunds are still uncertain because final payments have already been made to Egyptian suppliers and communication is “impossible.”

Delta says it will issue refunds and waive rebooking fees for customers scheduled to depart on or before Feb. 13. Travelers rebooking for a later date must make the change by Feb. 13 and depart no later than March 15.

Q: Will travel insurance cover me?

A: According to Chris Harvey, CEO of the travel insurance comparison website SquareMouth, most policies with travel delay provisions cover civil unrest. Some offer “political evacuation,” which covers the cost of transporting travelers to a safe place. As for canceling an upcoming trip, says Harvey, most policies specifically exclude civil unrest, leaving travelers on the financial hook if their travel company refuses a refund. Travelers who’ve purchased “cancel for any reason” policies, however, are still covered — generally, for 75% of the trip’s cost.

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