Travellers who cancel their holidays or other trips abroad due to coronavirus must be allowed to claim compensation from their insurance, Ministers have been told.

Ian Lavery , Labour Member of Parliament for Wansbeck and Chair of the Labour Party has called on the Foreign Secretary to immediately intervene with a blanket order that allows those deciding not to travel due to the threat of Coronavirus to claim against their travel insurance

Travel companies and insurers usually take their cue from UK travel advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). The FCO has advised against all but essential travel to mainland China, and all travel to Hubei province, as well as against travel to parts of Italy. But no advice has been provided about travel to other parts of the world.

It means British people who cancel trips abroad due to concern about the virus may not be able to make a claim on their insurance.

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