In the wake of the pandemic, travel insurance has become a hot topic for those interested in returning to returning to the skies. To the dismay of airlines worldwide, many travelers have become hesitant to book travel, even with expanded rebooking policies in place. In response, Virgin Atlantic has introduced Virgin Atlantic COVID-19 Cover to ease travelers’ worries. Best of all, it’s 100{143106009d8b87d45252e1fd973f0c0835ad3aabba3679e828c3cd83539ae06c} free. 

Virgin Atlantic COVID-19 Cover Policy Details

This policy covers every existing Virgin Atlantic booking, as well as new reservations made for travel between Aug. 24, 2020 to Mar. 31, 2021. This policy is designed to be an extension to travel insurance you may already have through a travel credit card or existing policy.

If your flight reservation qualifies, and you or one of your traveling companions falls ill or faces difficulties due to COVID-19, you will have the following coverages:

  • Up to £500,000 (approx. $590,000) necessary and emergency expenses incurred due to Coronavirus affecting your travel. If you or your traveling companions are denied boarding or mandated to quarantine in your destination, this policy will cover many necessary additional costs.
  • Repatriation is covered if medically necessary due to COVID-19.
  • The policy covers your entire trip, with no limit on the length of your travels.
  • This policy covers all passengers with no restrictions on age, travel class or length of journey.
  • The policy also includes coverage for up to  £3,000 ($3,900)  if a customer is denied boarding on either their departure or when returning from their destination—or has to quarantine due to positive or suspected COVID-19 during a trip.

This policy is free of charge when you purchase a Virgin Atlantic flight. All of the policy details can be found here.

What to Consider for Your Next Trip

For those who are on the fence about traveling, here are three things to consider if you are ready to travel again.

U.S. State Department Travel Advisories

On March 19, the U.S. State Department issued a Global Level 4 Advisory telling potential travelers “Do Not Travel.” Then on March 27, the U.S. Center for Disease Control issued its highest travel advisory: a Level 3 Warning to “Avoid Nonessential Travel—Widespread Ongoing Transmission.” Since then, the State Department’s levels of many countries have been reduced to Level 3: Reconsider Travel. 

The goal of reducing and eliminating transmission of COVID-19 can be accomplished by staying home. However, if you feel that your odds are low of contracting the virus, and you take precautionary efforts by wearing a face mask and social distancing when possible, ethical and safe travel is still possible. Before traveling, consider speaking with a medical professional about your travel plans.

Reintroduction of Airline Routes

Airlines saw an up to 90{143106009d8b87d45252e1fd973f0c0835ad3aabba3679e828c3cd83539ae06c} reduction in the number of passengers due to the pandemic, so routes have been cut back as well. In essence, the world has become less connected in terms of aviation.

Virgin Atlantic resumed flights to the United States in July 2020 and is expanding service to most of its destinations by the end of the year. That said, you should expect a reduction in service frequency.  But the good news is that if you want to get to London and beyond, Virgin Atlantic can get you there, either directly or with a connection via their partnership with Delta. 

If You’re Traveling to the UK, Be Aware of Requirements

The U.K. is operating a strict protocol for those entering and leaving the U.K. to increase containment of the virus. If you’re a resident or visitor traveling to the U.K., you must provide your journey and contact details. If you don’t do this prior to arrival, it might take you longer to enter the U.K.

For the moment, the United States is not on the list of approved countries whose citizens are allowed to visit. It’s a good idea to get on the U.K. Immigration mailing list so you’ll be the first to know when the restrictions are lifted.  

You’ll also need to quarantine for the first 14 days after you arrive, unless you’re traveling from specified countries or territories. Failure to follow these guidelines can result in significant fines or other penalties. In other words, even those who are allowed to enter the country are not exactly enjoying a vacation.

The one million pound question is, “When will U.S. Citizens be allowed to visit the United Kingdom?”  Unfortunately, the answer isn’t clear. If you are hopeful for the fall but your plans get dashed by entry restrictions, customers booking with Virgin Atlantic have the option to make two date changes to their flights, with rebooking available up until September 30, 2022.

If you were on the fence about planning a U.K. trip, the addition of COVID-19 Cover to Virgin Atlantic’s already generous rebooking policy might be just the ticket.

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