ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Following the 6.2 magnitude earthquake in Central Italy, Squaremouth,
a travel insurance comparison site, has established the Italy
Earthquake and Travel Insurance Information Center to answer
questions and explain coverage for travelers affected by the earthquake.
Travelers who had a policy in place before the earthquake occurred may
be eligible for a coverage if they are affected by the earthquake.
Unfortunately, it is now too late for travelers to purchase new policies
with coverage for the earthquake.
Travelers Currently in Italy
All travel insurance policies include 24-hour emergency assistance to
help affected travelers and answer questions about their coverage. Most
policies include Emergency Medical and Medical Evacuation coverage for
travelers injured in the earthquake.
Travelers may be covered to cut their trip short and receive
reimbursement for their unused, prepaid and nonrefundable expenses if
their hotel is rendered uninhabitable by the earthquake or they meet
their policy’s other Trip
Travelers With an Upcoming Trip to Italy
Travelers with an upcoming trip planned to Italy may be covered to
cancel if their flights are significantly delayed or their
accommodations are uninhabitable due to the earthquake.
“Unfortunately, an earthquake alone is not a covered reason to cancel a
trip on standard travel insurance,” said Squaremouth spokesperson
Rachael Taft. “Travelers whose trips are directly affected by the
earthquake — their hotel is destroyed or their flights are significantly
delayed — may be covered to cancel their trip.”
Travelers who do not meet their policy’s cancellation requirements would
not be able to cancel their trip unless they have the Cancel For Any
Reason upgrade. Travelers must cancel at least 2-3 days before their
departure date and will only be reimbursed up to 75% of the trip cost.
Italy Earthquake and Travel Insurance Information Center for
regularly updated information about travel insurance coverage for the
earthquake in Central Italy, including fact sheets, FAQs, provider
position statements, and more.
Squaremouth is an online company that compares travel insurance products
from virtually every major travel insurance provider in the United
States. Using Squaremouth’s comparison engine and third party customer
reviews, travelers can research and compare insurance products
side-by-side. More information can be found at www.squaremouth.com.
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