Imminent volcanic eruption highlights importance of travel insurance for volcanic ash

Added 28/05/2013

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Volcanic ash could be set to disrupt flights again as Chilean and Argentinian authorities evacuate local residents and warn of an imminent eruption of Copahue.

Chile and Argentina have issued a red alert and ordered the evacuation of 3000 residents who live near the Copahue volcano. Authorities have seen an increase in seismic activity and although the volcano has so far only spewed gas, there is a risk that it could erupt imminently.

Last December another volcano in southern Chile, Puyehue, erupted, sending smoke and ash rising nearly 1.5km into the air and causing many flights in the region to be cancelled.

The Foreign Office has advised British nationals who are travelling in this area to monitor local media reports and follow the advice of local authorities.

If you are worried about the possibility of volcanic ash affecting your travel plans you should consider adding Natural Catastrophe (Volcanic Ash) Cover to your travel insurance.

Although under EU and UK regulations, your airline has a legal obligation to reschedule or refund your flight and provide meals and accommodation if necessary, having Natural Catastrophe Cover as part of your travel insurance gives you more freedom.

It can allow you to claim for the cost of alternative travel arrangements if your flight is delayed for more than 24 hours and no reasonable alternative is provided to you.

Natural Catastrophe cover (volcanic ash) from goodtogoinsurance.com is designed to enhance your travel insurance policy by providing cover for cancellation, delay and additional expenses incurred due to unexpected natural events such as volcanic ash clouds and other natural disasters including; earthquakes, tsunamis and hurricanes.

Please note, you must have added Natural Catastrope cover to your travel insurance before the natural catastrophe eg. volcanic eruption or earthquake occurs in order for cover to be in place.

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