The available travel insurance coverage is affected by current events. Coverage for trip cancellation and trip interruption requires the trip be cancelled or interrupted for a covered reason listed in the policy. Many plans cover if there is a labor strike causing complete cessation of a common carrier for a set amount of time, usually 12, 24 or 48 hours. This means an airline, charter, train company or other ticketed public transportation is not providing service to the traveler. However, when a strike is announced, it is considered a foreseeable event and no longer eligible for coverage. The following is an excerpt from Travel Insurance Services on the Rail Strike in Greece.
If you are planning to travel through Greece by train today, you will need to find another means of transportation.
All rail services on the country’s railway network and on Athens’s suburban Proastiakos railway have been suspended as employees of the Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE) launch a 24-hour strike. The strike also impacts the metro link between Athens International Airport and Doukissis Plakentias station.
The strike is in protest of the planned streamlining of the debt-ridden company, and is scheduled to end at midnight [9/14/10].
Always refer to the certificate of insurance for details of coverage. Policy language about labor strikes of a common carrier is normally found with the covered reasons for trip cancellation and trip interruption.