The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is highlighting the importance of insurance during this uncertain time by unveiling its own insurance guidelines designed to drive the return of safe and responsible travel.
Now that Blue Cross Ontario and Blue Cross Quebec, along with B2C insurer Medipac, have introduced COVID-19 coverage into select policies, travel advisors are watching to see if others others will follow suit.
Blue Cross says that as of July 22 it has reopened out-of-country travel insurance sales for Ontario Blue Cross and Quebec Blue Cross, and its emergency medical care benefit will include coverage for COVID-19 providing the insured person does not show signs or symptoms of COVID-19 prior to departure.
To put the COVID-19 crisis in perspective with regard to how it’s impacted travellers, Manulife, which on average sees less than 20,000 claims in any given year, has opened over 32,000 claims in just the past few weeks alone.
With March Break just around the corner, Alliance Global Assistance Canada is sounding the alarm for vacationers who travel without insurance. Because that broken ankle on a Florida vacation, resulting in hospital bills and other costs adding up to US$45,000, isn’t going to pay for itself.
We may love travel, but we also know it’s far from perfect. Sure, some forms of travel make the world a better place, but far too many types hurt more than they help. It’s time we all got together, as travellers, to talk about just that.