Travel insurance sales spike for Dominican Republic trips

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Standard travel insurance policies will not cover cancellations of Dominican Republic trips because clients fear for their safety following a spate of tourist deaths on the island. 

Still, interest in insurance on trips to the Dominican Republic is surging. TravelInsurance.com said customers are increasingly calling to ask about how insurance might work for someone visiting the Dominican Republic. While it won't cover cancellation due to fear, insurance does cover trip cancellation and interruption for a number of reasons, including unexpected illness.

TravelInsurance.com said its year-to-date sales on policies where the Dominican Republic is listed as the primary destination are up almost 60%. Month-to-date sales for June are up almost 200%. June insurance sales for trips to the Dominican Republic have been pacing at more than double the average sales of the three months prior, TravelInsurance.com said.

Only a cancel-for-any-reason policy, which is more expensive than standard policies and has more restrictions around use and purchase time, would cover a traveler who wants to cancel out of fear.

If a traveler were to get sick and need to return home early, policies with trip-interruption coverage would cover that instance, noted travel insurance comparison site SquareMouth. 

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