Yettel, a subsidiary of the PPF Telecom Group which operates in Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary, has confirmed that users of its Smart Tourist travel insurance product will now be able to acquire medical services in the event of a positive coronavirus diagnosis for both the policyholders and those travelling with them.
The coverage is included as part of the standard Smart Tourist package, with no additional increase to insurance premiums.
Yettel’s Smart Tourist is an on-demand travel insurance product designed for trips of up to 31 consecutive days in length, which initiates automatically when the policyholder’s phone is detected to be abroad. Premiums are paid upon the traveller’s return, with the amount charged to their next monthly phone bill.
In addition to coronavirus coverage, Smart Tourist also offers 24/7 assistance and coverage of emergency medical and dental expenses, travel delays, loss of personal belongings, luggage, and temporary replacement costs for personal documents. It also offers optional coverage for parties of up to 10 travellers per policy.
Despite the widespread relaxation of coronavirus-related border restrictions and requirements across much of the world, interest in Covid insurance coverage for travel remains strong. In the US, insurance comparison site Squaremouth reported that traveller interest in coverage for contracting Covid-19 was at an all-time high on its platform.