Travel latest: No refund if local lockdown ruins your holiday, Britons warned

Young people least likely to take out travel insurance

More than one in ten Britons do not purchase travel insurance when heading abroad, according to Compare the Market.

The comparison website said those between 18 and 24 are least likely to take out cover. Patrick Ikhena, head of travel at comparethemarket.com, said the news was “concerning” given the likelihood of coronavirus-related disruption this summer. 

“It’s important to note many providers have stated they are unlikely to cover for Covid-19 related claims, including cancellation,” he said. 

“If you are planning to go away, it is worth checking with your insurance provider to understand what your policy will cover for you. For example, whether your policy will cover you for a ‘travel corridor’ destination where a country might restrict UK arrivals.”

He said it was still possible to find “comprehensive cover” for trips this year.

“Although certain travel restrictions will be lifted from July 10, before travelling, it is always advisable to check any restrictions in place in local areas as you will have to comply with the restrictions of certain countries,” he said.”This may include self-isolating or providing your details to local authorities.”