Record-high travel reimbursements following the Coronavirus outbreak

Oslo Airport GardermoenOslo Airport Gardermoen.Photo: Karen Setten / NTB scanpix

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Travel claims have increased sharply since the Coronavirus  outbreak, according to figures the insurance companies have reported to Finans Norge for the first quarter of this year.

“Many have contacted the insurance companies to get compensation for cancelled journeys. Twice as high figures for both the number and the claims have been registered compared with the same period last year. For the first quarter, there were 162,000 travel insurance cases and compensation of around 1.3 billion kroner,” said Finans Norge Communications Manager Stine Neverdal in a press release.

The sharp increase in claims is linked to cancellations in March, and almost half of the travel cases so far this year concern cancellations.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to advise against travel that is not strictly necessary for all countries. The travel advisory is valid until 20 August. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will consider by June 15 whether exemptions can be made for travel to the Nordic countries.

“The insurance companies follow the travel advisory and go a long way to help people. Those who are unable to travel on scheduled vacations and trips abroad due to the Coronavirus situation should first contact an airline, hotel or travel company to clarify what they will be reimbursed there,“ Neverdal added.

They can then contact their insurance company for compensation and claims. 

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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