Nations around the globe continue to come to terms with the recent travel ban placed by United States against certain foreign nations, affecting everyday travelers and refugees alike. The ban will affect an estimated 90,000 individuals, the number of people who regularly receive Visas from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia, the seven nations mentioned in the ban.
Thus far, many people have been forced to cancel their travel plans. For those already underway, local authorities have often been unsure about their responsibilities, resulting in unpredictable and uneven applications of the ban depending on what airport one happens to land in and when. Meanwhile, tech giants like Apple and Google are fighting the ban both for the sake of the handful of individuals who are personally affected and on behalf of potential hires from unaffected nations who may still be scared away from working in the United States. Further confusing matters, various government agencies have placed temporary holds against the ban, declaring it to be illegal and unenforceable.
Reminder of Why Travel Insurance is Important
A ban like this serves as one more reminder of why travel insurance is so necessary, because travel is always unpredictable, even at the best of times. Especially when traveling to areas with known political unrest, tickets and reservations can be costly. Without trip insurance, travelers may have to eat those costs, even when the cancellations are not their fault. With the right trip insurance, not only flight and hotel costs but also incidental costs like healthcare and emergency aid may be covered. That said, these costs may not be covered by some basic policies – which is another reminder for buyers to check the terms of their trip insurance ahead of time. In addition to the security of knowing costs can be recovered, the right travel insurance should give travelers the comfort of knowing someone will be there for them, someone with knowledge and expertise.
In time, the brief chaos and confusion from the travel ban will undoubtedly pass. At some point in the near future, policy will be hammered out and procedures will be normalized. Even still, life will go on, people will travel, and travel insurance will continue to offer much-needed security for when the unexpected happens.