How much Covid-19 protection does travel insurance offer in 2021?

People who had travel insurance in 2020 found that their policies offered little protection against the global pandemic that dramatically upended trips all over the world.



a group of people standing around a bag of luggage: Travellers wait in line for a charter flight coordinated by the United States embassy to take them back home, at the La Aurora international airport in Guatemala City on March 23, 2020. - The United States is trying to repatriate some 13,500 Americans stranded overseas by the coronavirus pandemic but does not believe it can reach all of them, the State Department said Monday. (Photo by Johan ORDONEZ / AFP) (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP via Getty Images)


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Travellers wait in line for a charter flight coordinated by the United States embassy to take them back home, at the La Aurora international airport in Guatemala City on March 23, 2020. – The United States is trying to repatriate some 13,500 Americans stranded overseas by the coronavirus pandemic but does not believe it can reach all of them, the State Department said Monday. (Photo by Johan ORDONEZ

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COVID-19 travel restrictions by state: See testing, quarantine requirements

The U.S. is still setting new COVID-19 death records, even as vaccines are rolling out across the country. And approximately 1 in every 15 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus that cause COVID-19 as of Saturday evening, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. surpassed more than 22 million cases Saturday.

With those grim stats in mind, many states are still imposing stay-at-home orders and travel restrictions.

Some states are discouraging interstate travel by requiring or recommending that visitors and residents returning from other states quarantine. Others allow visitors to present a recent, negative coronavirus test

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This California town will pay you to visit

A small town set amid the sprawling ranchland on California’s Central Coast wants you to come visit — so much that it will pay you.

Santa Maria, known for its barbecue and wineries, is offering a $100 Visa gift card for use toward a minimum two-night qualifying hotel stay. You can also use the credit in neighboring Orcutt.

While the state continues to discourage nonessential travel to any destination that’s 120 miles or more from one’s home, Governor Gavin Newsom lifted the stay-at-home order for all regions across the state last week, allowing hotels to reopen to tourists and restaurants

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Planning holiday travel? Check COVID-19 travel restrictions by state

In response to a record number of new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths, some states are reimposing stay-at-home orders and travel restrictions ahead of the winter holidays.

Many Americans are considering whether to proceed with their Christmas, New Year’s or other holiday trips as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging them not to travel and to get tested before and after if they do.

“Cases are rising. Hospitalizations are increasing, Deaths are increasing. We need to try to bend the curve, stop this exponential increase,” Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC’s COVID-19 incident manager, said

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