Warning for Britons with international & domestic travel plans as new lockdown looms

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Travel seemed like it was slowly making a return thanks to the introduction of travel corridors, but with rumours circulating that Boris Johnson is to reimpose yet another lockdown, many holidaymakers may be concerned about their plans. With this in mind, a travel expert as issued an urgent warning to those with holiday plans.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Antony Martin, Managing Director at Insurefor.com explained there is one way Britons can help to protect themselves from financial devastation in the wake of rapid changes.

“In the current situation, it is vital for travellers to take out travel insurance that covers against COVID-related issues both pre-departure and during a trip as well as the points listed above.

“With the UK Government considering reinstating more restrictions, more UK cities and regions (or even the entire nation) may go back into lockdown due to spikes in cases, so we advise Brits to ensure they have the necessary cover, should their chosen UK accommodation be required to close or if they can no longer travel abroad due to newly instated travel restrictions.”

In the early days of the pandemic, many insurers were unable to offer coronavirus-related protection due to the sudden onset of the virus and subsequent changes,

However, in recent months, many policies have been amended to offer cover specifically for the virus.

“Insurefor.com’s COVID-protection insurance product which launched earlier this summer protects consumers against COVID-related issues both pre-departure and whilst they are away to ensure they don’t lose out if more restrictions are reinstated in the UK meaning that consumers can no longer go ahead with their holiday,” continued Mr Martin.

He added: “Consumers should always purchase travel insurance from a reputable, trustworthy company and check online reviews of the product.

“It is key not to always choose a policy based on price as many cheaper policies have very high excesses which can work out more expensive if people need to make a claim.

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“It is important now more than ever for travellers to read and understand exactly what they are covered for to ensure they choose the policy that is right for them and will protect them from any COVID-19 related issues.

“Consumers should make sure they buy a travel insurance policy that offers free amendments, so if holiday plans change they can move their cover.

“We know that there can be a great deal of confusion around travel insurance, particularly in the current climate, so we have created a robust product which clearly states what is and is not included in the form of a checklist on Insurefor.com’s website.

“It is essential for consumers to book travel insurance at the same time as they book their holiday, for a trip abroad or a staycation, to ensure they are covered in case further restrictions are put in place.”

Though nothing has been confirmed yet, it is expected that the Prime Minister will address the nation tomorrow following a COBRA meeting.

The Prime Minister took part in a series of calls today with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford, Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster, and Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill.

“During these calls, the prime minister made clear that the rising infection rates are a cause for great concern, which he is taking very seriously,” a Downing Street spokesperson said.

“He reiterated his unwavering commitment to working with the devolved administrations as we continue to tackle the virus.

“They all agreed to act with a united approach, as much as possible, in the days and weeks ahead.”

It is thought the PM will tomorrow impose a 10 pm curfew on all pubs, with some hospitality providers shut entirely in the most infected areas.

“We know this will be concerning news for many people; please follow the rules, look after each other and together we will get through this,” said the UK chief medical officers in a statement.

It is not yet known if new restrictions will be put in place on domestic and international travel.

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