New volcanic ash travel insurance from Aviva

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The troublesome volcano in Iceland, Eyjafjallajökull, has caused travel chaos for millions of people all over the world in recent months. One of the main problems following the initial disruption was that many people were not able to claim on their travel insurance for cancellations because they were simply not covered for such an unprecedented event.

Now Aviva has become the first insurer to release a new travel insurance add-on that will cover future events should travellers be affected by volcanic ash.

The cover will be on offer from the beginning of June, and will be made available as an add-on to standard insurance for both single-trip and multi-trip policies. It will provide protection against airspace closure and the closure of airports or ports for over 24 hours from the departure time.

The add-on will be available for £5 per person for single-trip policies, and £10 per person for multi-trip policies. It will provide cover of up to £5,000 per person should a cancellation occur, which will pay for travel and accommodation expenses.

For travellers who are unable to return home, the insurance will either pay out £100 per person for every 24 hours that they are stuck, or £1,000 per person for any travel expenses required to get home again. It will also provide cover for any emergency medical supplies that are needed for existing conditions.

No one knows how long the volcano could stay active for: it could be a few months, it could be years. And with such uncertainty surrounding air travel at the moment, it’s likely that this cover will prove to be very popular with travellers.


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