Greece together with the Seychelles and Tanzania have been listed as the best countries for travelers who do not want to undergo self-isolation, according to AXA Gulf, one of the largest international insurers in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
AXA said the list was in response to high demand from travelers from the GCC, namely Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, to travel.
The company also announced the addition of a cover for Covid-19 to all its travel insurance policies based on IATA (International Air Transport Association) research, which revealed that 44 percent of travelers would reconsider flying again if Covid-19 insurance was made available.
AXA expects the relaxation of travel restrictions to motivate travelers who are looking to get away. In this direction, AXA has identified the top 10 countries where visitors are not faced with quarantine restrictions: Seychelles, Greece, Tanzania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Italy, Croatia, Kenya, Indonesia, and Austria.
Under AXA’s new travel policy, for anyone testing positive the insurer will cover the cost of Covid-19 emergency medical and expenses associated with the rescheduling of a return flight as a result.
“Covid-19 has had an unprecedented impact on global travel and with many people in the region spending time in isolation over the last few months, it’s no surprise that they are eager to travel and seek a change of scenery… As one of the largest global insurers, our team is available around the clock for any medical emergency assistance you may need worldwide,” said Franck Heimburger, chief personal lines officer at AXA Gulf.
According to the company’s announcement, AXA will reimburse its travel insurance policy holders for an amount of up to 5,000 dollars for irrecoverable travel costs. Should customers find themselves having to be placed in quarantine whilst overseas, the insurer will pay up to 100 dollars per day for a maximum of 15 days if they cannot isolate themselves safely in their booked accommodation.