Martin Lewis issues urgent travel advice for millions of Brits hoping for a holiday

MoneySavingExpert’s Martin Lewis has issued urgent travel advice for those who had hoped to head overseas on holiday – but are shielding or have certain medical conditions. The consumer expert has been inundated with queries on concerned holiday-makers’ travel rights. Now he has used his website to explain key advice about holiday refunds and restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lewis says people with a medical condition or are shielding in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus should check their travel insurance if they were planning to go away this year, reports MyLondon. With the easing of some lockdown restrictions, many people have started to think about holidays abroad, while some are still being told to shield. This has caused confusion as to whether they can get away over the coming weeks and months.

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Martin has said that people who are vulnerable may be able to get a refund and to contact their travel insurance company.

It says on the MoneySavingExpert websites: “If you’re due to travel to an area which has a high volume of coronavirus cases but there’s no FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) warning at the time you travel, and you’re worried about the heightened risk of the virus due to your age or underlying health conditions, speak to your insurer to discuss your options. “The Association of British Insurers says that whether you’ll be covered by your insurance depends on your specific policy and your situation. “You may be asked to provide evidence of your pre-existing condition – a doctor’s note, for example.

“Many insurers will make a decision on a case-by-case basis.”

Martin added: “We’ve asked several insurers about this and have been given a range of answers.

“For example, Leisure Guard told us that you would not be covered if the FCO doesn’t have an advisory against travel in place, while Admiral, Aviva and Planet Earth said they would look at each circumstance on its own merits. ”

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