With the coronavirus pandemic situation developing regularly, we created this page on the 30th of January as a dynamic resource. We aim to provide all relevant and up-to-date information relating to how Coronavirus is affecting travel insurance and travel in general.
20 December 2020 – Following the identification of a new variant of the virus, international travel where you live may be increasingly restricted due to various domestic and overseas regulations. Those in tier 4 in England are not permitted to travel abroad apart from limited exceptions. Read more on the government website.
Holiday or Flight Cancellations – If you have a single-trip policy and your holiday is cancelled, please use our change of dates form to put your policy on hold. Then, when you have been able to rebook, you can advise us of the new dates, using the same form. Alternately, if you have already been able to re-book, please advise us of the new dates now.
You can find the change of dates form by clicking here.
Opening Hours – due to the social isolation measures put in place by the UK government, we are now operating remotely, but with full availability over the seasonal period. We will endeavour to maintain the same high level of service to you even during these challenging times.
Coronavirus Travel Insurance – we would like to reassure customers that a Free Spirit policy will cover you under the cancellation and medical expenses sections for claims caused by Coronavirus. Please read this related article for more information.
If the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against your chosen destination, read here about a product that can cover you.
If your travel provider intends to run your holiday as planned, we would urge you to insist that the dates are moved, as we cannot cover you if you travel while the FCDO advises against non-essential travel.
We have prepared some FAQs to guide you through some of the questions and concerns you may have related to your travel insurance:
Our general advice to policy-holders is:
- Take guidance as provided by the FCDO and adhere to its advice.
- View the latest information and advice for the public on the outbreak of coronavirus from the Department of Health and Social Care.
- Follow any travel restrictions that are advised by any government or public/health authority you’re visiting.
- Book with a tour operator or provider that can provide access to discounted testing kits.
- Purchase a package trip because legal protection will be included and your holiday will be protected.
- To speak with your travel provider regarding any possible change(s) to your travel itinerary.
- Continue to monitor any further advice as may be provided.
- To get through airport security quicker by print everything on paper, so it can be easily checked and scanned.
- The National Travel Health Network and Centre has also produced general advice on preparing for foreign travel and how individuals can help reduce the spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 outbreak.
11 More Web Pages for Information about Travel and Coronavirus:
- Official UK government foreign travel advice
- World Health Organisation coronavirus information & updates page
- Worldometer coronavirus global statistics
- Why Do We Need a COVID Vaccine Passport For Travel?
- Your COVID Travel Guide for an Anxiety Free Holiday
- Free Spirits Guide to COVID Train Travel in the UK
- How to Enjoy Cruise Travel Post COVID
- Where can I travel after the COVID vaccine?
- Where Can I Travel While Restrictions Are In Place?
- Top Tips for Booking a Last Minute Holiday Post Lockdown
- Travel With Confidence With Free Spirit’s Safe Travel Advice
We will continue to monitor the situation and provide further updates as they become available.