The Pandemic has Made Personal Travel Insurance a Necessity, Not an Option

The global pandemic has caused chaos in the travel industry.  Travel for a time ground to a halt and people scrambled to get refunds from canceled flights, hotels, and cruise lines. The hardest part was filing for claims from travel insurance. But beyond those lost costs, there has been a lot of lessons learned from those who didn’t make sure their travel insurance covered COVID-related medical expenses.

“The ability of personal medical insurance to handle unexpected costs when we travel overseas is complicated. And hospitals in other countries are going to want some pretty large deposits to even get you out of the waiting room,” said Autumn Insurance & Benefits President and CEO Curt Rager said. “What happens with an actual travel plan that includes medical is that it’s used as the primary insurance before your own personal policy. They even come with a concierge number to help take away the burden of travelers.”

So with Americans hitting the travel trail in droves this summer and some pandemic-related restrictions being lifted, many travelers who have learned from their mistake are now making the needed investment in travel insurance. And in some cases, they have no choice. More than two dozen countries now require visitors to have medical and sometimes travel expense coverage, including any COVID-related medical needs.

For example, a trip to Dubai requires at least $100,000 in general emergency medical coverage and $50,000 for medical evacuation. According to a report on CNBC, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has also announced that unvaccinated passengers must buy travel insurance.

With new COVID variants on the rise, the hope that this pandemic will become a distant memory is not realistic. Travel insurance will become a priority for the foreseeable future and Autumn Insurance is ready to help you and your family.  Call today at 248-478-1177

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