Terrorism Concerns Leads to Travel Insurance Demand

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Travel insurance comparison site InsureMyTrip is reporting an increase in demand for travel insurance due to a growing concern over terrorism.

The increase comes as the US State Department issues a travel alert due to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe. Since 2015, there have been at least a dozen terror attacks in Western Europe. The latest happened on May 22, 2017 in Manchester, England when an apparent suicide bomber killed at least 22 people during a concert and wounded dozens more.
According to an internal poll of licensed insurance agents at InsureMyTrip, the most common requests from travelers regarding terrorism concerns are the following:
1.    Information on terrorism-related coverage.
2.    How to cancel a trip due to terrorism fears.
3.    Information on the Cancel For Any Reason benefit.
4.    How to postpone or change upcoming travel plans.
Here are some examples of how travel insurance can help travelers due to terrorism-related concerns under the trip cancellation, trip interruption and travel delay benefits offered by most travel insurance providers on a comprehensive plan:
Cancel trip due to a terrorist attack: if a terrorist attack happens in a destination on a traveler’s itinerary shortly before departure. Typically, coverage only extends to terror acts that have occurred within a certain number of days before a scheduled departure. Not all travel insurance providers offer this coverage and there are specific requirements.
Cancel trip for any reason: this is an optional time-sensitive benefit that allows travelers to cancel their trip for any reason.
Terrorism-related travel delay: if a terrorism-related situation causes a significant airport slowdown or flight delay.
Terrorism-related trip interruption: if a terrorist event happens at the destination after the traveler has arrived and a traveler must cut their trip short.
Emergency assistance: most InsureMyTrip travel insurance providers offer 24/7 assistance services for travelers needing help while traveling or faced with an emergency situation during their trip.
Travelers interested in learning more about protection plans or coverage available can visit InsureMyTrip or call (800) 487-4722 to speak with a licensed travel insurance agent in our customer care department. 

“This new alert comes as many American families are preparing to travel for the summer. We understand that many travelers are concerned about their overall safety and unexpected travel disruptions. Our customer care department is available to offer guidance on how travel insurance may apply and to help find appropriate coverage for travelers,” InsureMyTrip CEO Jim Grace.

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