British insurers support travelers affected by Trump's refugee and immigration ban

2 February 2017 — Daniela GHETU
AXA, AVIVA and DIRECT Line, UK's most important travel insurers, said on Monday that they will pay out on the eventual claims filed by customers affected by US President's refugee and immigration ban, even though this type of circumstance is not "technically" covered by the insurance policies.

AXA said in a statement issued on Monday: "In light of the sudden and unexpected decision by the Trump administration to block entry to the US for nationals from Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Iraq, Iran, Libya and Yemen, AXA Insurance UK confirms that individuals who have been denied entry as a result of the executive order, will be able to claim on their policy. Although not technically covered, we view the current situation as unprecedented and unforeseen and as such we are extending the cover under our policies."

AVIVA said it would extend the cover on its standard travel insurance for those unable to get assistance from their travel provider and who are in the US and need to arrange an alternative route home.

DIRECT LINE also said that it would consider claims on a case-by-case basis for customers who have been affected by the increased security measures "due to the unprecedented nature of the current situation" if policies were bought before January 27.

The Association of British Insurers said: "Where people run up additional costs because of delays, for example for accommodation, they may be able to get some money back via their travel insurance, depending on the terms of their policy."

Sources: The Independen; Insurance Business; Evening Standard