Allianz Partners New Zealand is developing selected cover for epidemic and pandemic diseases, including Covid-19, as domestic travel plans increase and travellers keep an eye on future border openings for international travel.
The cover offers travellers the provision to claim for cancellation and medical expenses, should they contract an epidemic or pandemic disease such as Covid-19 after purchasing their domestic travel policy.
Chief sales officer David Wallace said all providers in the travel industry were reassessing the role they played in a post Covid-19 world. When it comes to travel insurance, Wallace said it was important to adapt to meet customers’ needs now and in the future.
“Being part of a world leader in insurance and assistance, we need to play our part in providing confidence and security for travellers. Covid-19 has demonstrated just how big an impact infectious diseases can have on travel. We’ll be progressively releasing new policy wordings that have a more considered approach to epidemic and pandemic diseases, starting with selected domestic policies from the end of October 2020,” he said.
While there would still be a general exclusion for epidemics and pandemics, there would be provision to claim for cancellation if travellers contracted an epidemic or pandemic disease such as Covid-19 after purchasing their policy and could no longer travel. Cover for medical claims directly related to an epidemic or pandemic disease such as Covid-19 would only apply after travellers commenced their journey.
“We will soon be able to offer customers more assurance up front, so they can book their trip knowing that there will be provision to claim for cancellation, should they contract Covid-19 and can longer travel. If travellers who have purchased a policy with this new feature contract Covid-19 during their journey, they will have the support of our emergency assistance around the clock, any day of the week,” he said.
As with any travel insurance, disinclination to travel due to fear or change of mind is not covered. It does not cover general travel disruption as a result of epidemic or pandemic diseases such as Covid-19, including government mandated lockdowns, and travelling against the New Zealand government’s advice not to travel.
Allianz Partners New Zealand is looking to progressively roll out the selected cover to partners, insurance brokers and travel agents who issue travel insurance on their behalf starting with selected domestic policies from the end of October 2020.
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