Operator among first to make change
Over 50s specialist Saga has added Covid-19 and repatriation to the UK to its travel insurance policies from June 1.
The move comes after 74 per cent of of Saga’s past guests said that they would be unlikely to take out travel insurance if it didn’t cover coronavirus.
Saga has a history of moving quickly to geopolitical events affecting travel. It was one the first to offer cover to customers stranded due to volcanic ash clouds.
Kevin McMullan, head of product, Saga Health and Travel Insurance said: “Understandably, the current crisis has put travel plans on hold for many people. However, with the UK’s strict lockdown measures beginning to lift, more people may be planning both exciting and much needed trips away over the coming months. We recognise that this may be a daunting process, particularly for customers with underlying health concerns. We want to give people the confidence and reassurance that if they were to fall ill abroad, we’re there to help and get them back home safely.
“We’re continuing to review and innovate our products to ensure they work as well as they can for our customers. However, we know the impact of coronavirus is far-reaching. We’d encourage customers to contact us directly if they’d like to discuss their individual circumstances and how we can best support them through these uncertain times.”