Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQ

AIG Travel is closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and its potential impact on travel.  While we will continue to provide periodic updates regarding travel safety, travelers should consult the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites for the most up-to-date information on the Coronavirus outbreak.

Please note that due to the World Health Organization (WHO) announcement declaring Coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic, that as of, at the latest, March 11, 2020, COVID-19 is a foreseen event and certain coverages will not apply. Please read the details here .

If you are considering canceling your trip due to the COVID-19, please read your insurance policy thoroughly.  Generally, fear of travel is not a covered event under most of our policies. 

Nonetheless, there may be additional options available to travelers whose plans have been impacted.   Travelers planning to re-book their travel for later in the year may be able to modify their current insurance policy to apply to future travel.  For more information on policy modifications, please see the question below “If I rebook my covered trip for later in the year, can I apply the travel insurance premium from my original trip to the rebooked trip?”

In addition, if your travel has been cancelled, you may be eligible for a premium voucher that you can use for future travel.  For more information on vouchers and how they may apply to your situation, as well as premium refunds generally, please see the question below “Can I cancel my insurance and get my premium refunded?”

The following are the questions we are receiving most frequently in our Service Center:

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Coronavirus and Travel Insurance

I want to cancel my travel plans because I'm afraid to travel due to the Coronavirus. Am I covered?

Trip cancellation solely for concern or fear of travel associated with sickness, epidemic or pandemic, including (COVID-19), is not covered.  

If the cancellation of your trip is not covered, you may be eligible for an insurance premium refund or a travel insurance voucher. For more information on refunds and vouchers, see the question below regarding “Can I cancel my insurance and get my premium refunded?”

I have booked a trip to an area affected by COVID-19 that is scheduled in the near future. Will I be able to cancel my trip and be reimbursed?

It depends on the reason for cancellation.  If you need to cancel your travel plans, please consult the Unforeseen events portion of your insurance policy to see a list of reasons for Trip Cancellation and Trip Interruption that may be covered, along with General Exclusions from coverage.  You are encouraged to file a claim if one of the covered reasons could possibly apply to your situation as you may be eligible to be reimbursed for your unused, non-refundable, pre-paid trip costs if you need to cancel your trip.  Please be specific about why you cancelled, as coverage depends on the exact reason for cancellation. Please click here to access a copy of your insurance policy

If the cancellation of your trip is not covered, you may be eligible for an insurance premium refund or a travel insurance voucher.  For more information on refunds and vouchers, see the question below regarding “Can I cancel my insurance and get my premium refunded?”

The U.S. State Department has advised against non-essential travel.  Am I covered due to the U.S. State Department warning?

There is no coverage for this specific reason.  However, we suggest you contact your travel providers to seek a refund.  Should you have other unused, non-refundable, pre-paid trip costs, consult the Unforeseen events portion of your insurance policy.  You are encouraged to file a claim if one of the covered reasons could possibly apply to your situation.   Please click here to access a copy of your policy.   

You may also be eligible for an insurance premium refund or a travel insurance voucher.   For more information on refunds and vouchers, see the question below regarding “Can I cancel my insurance and get my premium refunded?”

Can I cancel my insurance and get my premium refunded?

You are eligible for a refund of your premium under the following conditions:

  1. You purchased your policy within 15 days of requesting a refund from Travel Guard, 
  2. You have not started your trip, and
  3. You have not filed a claim.  

For residents of the State of New York, please follow this link. To apply for your refund, select the “Refund or Voucher” button on the Coronavirus Resource Center.

If you cancelled your insurance policy due to COVID-19 concerns but are not eligible for a refund, you may be eligible instead for a travel insurance premium voucher for the full value of the policy purchased. .  All premium vouchers are valid for two years from issuance date.  To apply for your voucher, select the “Refund or Voucher” button on the Coronavirus Resource Center.

If I rebook my covered trip for later in the year, can I apply the travel insurance premium from my original trip to the rebooked trip?

If you have not yet begun your trip, you may modify your insurance policy and apply the entire premium paid to a new booked trip.  Your new premium will be calculated based on the details of your rebooked trip.  If the new premium is greater than your original premium, there will be additional premium charged.  If the new premium is less than your original premium, no amount of the original premium will be refunded.  Please note that once you modify your policy, you will not be able to file a claim against the original policy or trip. To modify your insurance policy, please click here

I have upcoming travel.  Will I be able to cancel my trip and be reimbursed?  

It depends on the reason for cancellation.  If you need to cancel your travel plans, please consult the Unforeseen events portion of your insurance policy to see a list of reasons for Trip Cancellation and Trip Interruption that may be covered, along with General Exclusions from coverage.  You are encouraged to file a claim if one of the covered reasons could possibly apply to your situation as you may be eligible to be reimbursed for your unused, non-refundable, pre-paid trip costs if you need to cancel your trip.  Please be specific about why you cancelled, as coverage depends on the exact reason for cancellation. Please click here to access a copy of your insurance policy

If the cancellation of your trip is not covered, you may be eligible for an insurance premium refund or a travel insurance voucher.  For more information on refunds and vouchers, see the question above regarding “Can I cancel my insurance and get my premium refunded?”

What if the airline cancels my flight due to COVID-19?  

If the flight to or from your destination is cancelled due to COVID-19, there would be no coverage under the insurance policy for the canceled flight itself.  However, we suggest you contact the airline to seek a refund for your flight.  Should you have other unused, non-refundable, pre-paid trip costs, consult the Unforeseen events portion of your insurance policy.  You are encouraged to file a claim if one of the covered reasons could possibly apply to your situation. Please click here to access a copy of your policy.   

Even though the cancellation of your flight is likely not covered, you may be eligible for an insurance premium refund or a travel insurance voucher.   For more information on refunds and vouchers, see the question above regarding “Can I cancel my insurance and get my premium refunded?”

Am I covered if I have Cancel for Any Reason coverage? 

If you purchased Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) coverage, you could be covered for a percentage of the loss, depending on the level of CFAR coverage purchased, and provided the trip is cancelled more than 48 hours prior to the scheduled departure date.  Refer to your insurance policy (or Description of Coverage) for details. Please click here to access a copy of your policy.

Can I purchase a policy with CFAR coverage?  

CFAR coverage is only available at the time a plan is purchased and, unless otherwise noted on your policy, must be within 15 days of your initial trip deposit.  As a result, if you have an existing insurance policy, you are not eligible to add on CFAR coverage.  

Am I covered if I contract COVID-19? 

If you contract COVID-19 prior to your departure, you could be covered for Trip Cancellation if there is a confirmed diagnosis, including proof of illness from your doctor that states you are medically unable to travel at the time of departure. If you become ill with COVID-19 while on a covered trip, you could be covered for Medical Expense and Trip Interruption/Curtailment benefits if there is a confirmed diagnosis, including proof of illness from a doctor.  These coverages are subject to the terms and conditions of your insurance policy. Please click here to access a copy of your insurance policy.

What happens if I am quarantined due to COVID-19 while on a trip? 

If you are quarantined as a result of COVID-19, and you purchased your policy prior to March 11, you could be covered under the Trip Interruption/Curtailment benefit, subject to the terms and conditions of your insurance policy. Please click here to access a copy of your policy.