Holidaysafe, one the UK’s leading travel insurance providers, has today announced that it will cover holidaymakers if they fail their pre-departure test when returning to the UK and are required to isolate abroad. The British government recently introduced a new ‘test to release’ scheme requiring arrivals to the UK to provide proof of a negative PCR or rapid antigen test, taken less than 72 hours before departure.
The scheme came into force on Monday 18 January and is starting to become a major concern for those hoping to book a holiday after the travel ban is lifted.
The worry of failing a test and being stuck abroad is enough to put anyone off booking a holiday. So, in an attempt to save Brits post-Covid escapes, Holidaysafe has announced that it will provide additional cover to passengers if they fail their pre-departure Covid-19 test and are denied boarding on their return. Travellers will be covered for additional accommodation and return transportation costs should they need to stay overseas in the country they had been visiting for an extra 14 days to isolate, as long as they did not travel against government or medical guidance.
The cover is available on a number of Holidaysafe travel insurance products and can be purchased on both single and multi-trip policies.
Sarah Page, brand manager at Holidaysafe, said: “This year, we all deserve to have a holiday where we can kick back and relax, but with coronavirus still lurking we risk spending our well-deserved time off worrying about passing our Covid-19 test upon returning home.
“That’s why we’re hopeful that the cover we’ve launched will allow British travellers to rest that bit easier as they set off on their travels this year.”
Holidaysafe has also partnered with PCR test provider Rightangled, allowing holidaymakers who buy their insurance through the brand to receive a discount on their PCR test.