The insurer will cover travellers’ cancellation and medical expenses if they contract Covid-19, or a different pandemic disease. The general exclusion for pandemics and epidemics will remain, however, and no cover will be offered to policyholders who cannot travel as a result of a virus outbreak.
Chief Sales Officer David Wallace said travel insurers are constantly reassessing the needs of customers and will be looking to adapt accordingly.
A considered approach to pandemic diseases
“We will soon be able to offer customers more assurance up front, so they can book their trip knowing that there will be provision to claim for cancellation, should they contract Covid-19 and can no longer travel,” Wallace said.
“We’ll be progressively releasing new policy wordings that have a more considered approach to epidemic and pandemic diseases, starting with selected domestic policies from the end of October. Our intention is to roll out this new feature across many of our policies but given the restrictions currently in place for international travel, we have prioritised the roll out for domestic policies.”
Recently, the American Society of Travel Advisors recognised Allianz Partners as its 2020 Travel Insurance Partner of the Year.