Martin Lewis issues warning on travel insurance as coronavirus crisis continues

Earlier today, two more Brits tested positive for the coronavirus bringing the total number of cases to 19 in the UK.

Millions of holidays are currently at risk as the coronavirus outbreak has caused numbers of airlines to cancel flights.

So what does that mean for those who have booked holidays in the upcoming weeks?

Martin Lewis, founder of Money Saving Expert, appeared on Good Morning Britain yesterday to discuss the importance of travel insurance.

He told ITV viewers: “This is a big warning. I do it every year – I talk about booking travel insurance ASAB – as soon as you book.

“Because if you don’t and something happens in the meantime before you get travel insurance, you’re not covered."

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Martin, 47, continued: "Well, anyone who has booked a holiday now for this year – if you have not got travel insurance, if you get the travel insurance and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office then says you can’t go to a country, you’re covered.

“If the Foreign & Commonwealth Office rules out a country in future and you haven’t got travel insurance at that point, you’re not covered. Get your travel insurance now if you’ve booked your holiday.

“Because if for example you have skiing trip and in two weeks time they say ‘you can’t go’ but you haven’t got your travel insurance yet because you are going in four weeks time, you’re not covered.

“But if you get it now, you are covered. ASAB has never been more important for travel insurance. If you booked a holiday, you should have travel insurance in place now, if you don’t go and do it now."

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So what do you do if you have a flight booked?

We’d recommend looking at Foreign Office advice before cancelling your holiday, although there are warnings against certain countries, the government body hasn’t told Brits not to travel.

Rory Boland, editor of Which? Travel, said: “People are understandably concerned about how their travel plans will be impacted, and a lack of clear and timely information has left many travellers confused about their options.

“While the government has now updated its advice to cover the Italian locations that have experienced an outbreak, those travelling to nearby cities like Milan or Verona still won’t be able to cancel and claim on travel insurance, nor will those travelling to Tenerife.”

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