The government’s decision to ease restrictions on international travel has sparked a flurry of holiday bookings and boosted consumer confidence, according to new research by Just Travel Cover, who discovered that holidaymakers now consider Travel Insurance more important than ever before.
Going on holiday is now a lot easier than it has been, after the traffic-light system was simplified and replaced with a single “red list”, as well as news that those fully vaccinated do not need to take a Covid-19 test before returning to the UK from non-red countries. It was also announced that the day-two PCR test would be replaced with a cheaper lateral flow test by November.
Research by Travel Insurance specialists Just Travel Cover found that 79% of people feel more confident about booking a holiday since these announcements, with almost 40% saying the easing of restrictions had “changed their mind” about 2021 holidays, and that they are now going to book a getaway this year.
Just Travel Cover, who specialise in travel insurance for people with medical conditions and with no age limit, discovered that the increase in confidence has not just triggered bookings for winter-sun holidays, but also helped people plan ahead, with 72% of people hoping for at least two holidays in 2022.
While going on holiday has been made easier with these changes, Just Travel Cover’s research highlighted the importance of Travel Insurance, with 96% agreeing that cover was more important than ever before, in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Dale Robinson, Marketing Manager at Just Travel Cover said “we welcome the easing of restrictions after another summer of disruption for people desperate to get away. People now clearly have more confidence, not just to book and plan holidays for next year, but to get away for some winter sun this year too”.
He added “the pandemic has shone a light on the importance of travel insurance, not just in relation to emergency medical treatment abroad, but trip cancellation too, as we continue to live with coronavirus. We have been inundated since these changes were announced last month, as people seek assurances that they’re properly protected”.
Just Travel Cover provides Travel Insurance via a panel of insurers directly and via a network of travel agents, insurance brokers and charities. To find out more about Just Travel Cover’s Covid-19 travel insurance please visit justtravelcover.com/covid.