Sainsbury's Bank will pay out on tsunami travel insurance

04 January 2005
Sainsbury's Bank Travel Insurance has said it will not automatically dismiss claims resulting from the South East Asia tsunami.

"Although some travel insurance companies will not provide cover to victims of the tsunami because the disaster was an 'Act of God', we have taken the decision to look at claims on a case by case basis," commented Michael Liddell, Sainsbury's Bank travel insurance manager.

Sainsbury's Bank has said it will cover medical expenses for those injured or suffering illness in the affected areas, as well as the repatriation costs of stranded travellers.

While holiday companies are expected to cover the cost of refunds for those people who have had to cancel or postpone their holidays, Sainsbury's Bank has promised to step in if the holiday companies refuse to pay out, dependent on Foreign Office travel advice.

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