The Department of Shifting Goalposts has been busy this week in Whitehall, plus its sister organisation, the EU Commission De Ruining Vacannes, has also ramped up its spite meter into the red zone. Well, maybe just the amber zone.
We don’t know. But what IE does know is that travel insurance brands are having a tough time as governments are busy using the petty-minded scoring system from Eurovision as a form of Covid Travel Top Trumps. Commenting on this week’s travel list changes Kevin Pratt, travel insurance expert at Forbes Advisor UK, the personal finance insights and comparison website, offers his thoughts on how this will impact holidaymakers:
“Two big changes have landed on holidaymakers and the travel sector this week.
“First, the Balearic Islands – Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca, Formentera – have moved from the government’s green list to amber, meaning anyone who has not had two NHS jabs will need to self-isolate for 10 days on their return.
“And France has now been moved onto what might be termed the Super Amber list, because everyone returning from there to England will need to quarantine at home or another location for 10 days, regardless of their vaccination status. This applies to those who transit to England through France from another country.
“So that’s more potential disruption and dismay for those looking to get away on holiday without having to worry about the need to self-isolate when they get home. Some would-be travellers may also be deterred from booking a summer break because of the possibility of countries moving from one traffic light category to another with little notice.
“One thing is certain given the current uptick in Covid-19 cases: anyone booking a foreign trip should buy comprehensive travel insurance that provides cancellation cover in the event of you, one of your travelling party or someone you were planning to stay with comes down with the virus. Some policies also enable you to extend this cover to a relative who is not travelling.
“Crucially, travellers should buy insurance immediately when they book so they benefit from this cancellation protection straight away.”