Security Alert Issued For France Following 'Terror' Shooting

Last updated on 03/28/2023

WARWICK, R.I., Dec. 12, 2018 -- Travel insurance comparison site InsureMyTrip reports an increase in demand for travel insurance due to safety concerns. The response comes as the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France issued several new security and demonstration alerts. The latest notice, issued on December 12, 2018, was due to the deadly shooting in Strasbourg. The shooting also led officials to raise the country's terror alert level.

"This comes as millions of Americans are preparing to travel for the holidays. We understand that many travelers are concerned about their overall safety and unexpected travel disruptions. Our customer care department is available to offer guidance on how travel insurance may apply and to help find appropriate coverage for travelers," said InsureMyTrip CEO Jim Grace.

Earlier this month, travel insurance agents at InsureMyTrip reported a jump in calls from travelers seeking insurance for trips to France. The jump was due to the latest wave of violent protests in Paris. The incident in Strasbourg will likely be another consideration as travelers contemplate upcoming visits to the country.

According to an internal poll of licensed insurance agents at InsureMyTrip, the most common requests from travelers regarding terrorism concerns are the following:

Here are examples of how insurance may enable travelers to receive reimbursement of pre-paid, non-refundable trip costs if they must cancel a trip due to severe weather-related issues that are covered under the trip cancellation benefit:

Here are some examples of how travel insurance can help travelers due to terrorism-related concerns under the trip cancellation, trip interruption and travel delay benefits offered by most travel insurance providers on a comprehensive plan:

Cancel trip due to a terrorist attack: if a terrorist attack happens in a destination on a traveler's itinerary shortly before departure. Typically, coverage only extends to terror acts that have occurred within a certain number of days before a scheduled departure. Not all travel insurance providers offer this coverage and there are specific requirements.

Cancel trip for any reason: this is an optional time-sensitive benefit that allows travelers to cancel their trip for any reason.

Terrorism-related travel delay: if a terrorism-related situation causes a significant airport slowdown or flight delay.

Terrorism-related trip interruption: if a terrorist attack happens at the destination after the traveler has arrived and the traveler must cut the trip short.

Emergency assistance: most InsureMyTrip travel insurance providers offer 24/7 assistance services for travelers needing help while traveling or faced with an emergency situation during their trip.

Travelers interested in learning more about protection plans or coverage available can visit or call (800) 487-4722 to speak with a licensed travel insurance agent in our customer care department.

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