The measures will only affect new business and will be temporary

Aviva customers will no longer be able to select travel disruption or airspace closure add-ons to existing travel insurance policies because of coronavirus.

The measures are only temporary, it said, adding that single-trip cover for customers travelling to Italy has also been paused.

It said these decisions will only affect new business.

“This means that while new Aviva direct travel insurance customers can still purchase our core travel insurance, they will not be able to select our ‘travel disruption’ or ‘airspace closure’ add-ons,” an Aviva spokesperson said.  

“Existing Aviva travel insurance customers who have already purchased travel disruption and airspace closure add-ons are not affected by this decision.

“Insurance is designed to provide cover for unforeseen and unexpected events and is priced on this basis.

”The outbreak of the coronavirus means there is an increased likelihood of disruption to people’s travel plans.”