Travel insurance cover for contracting coronavirus while on holiday has been included by supplier Staysure.

This new addition will apply to all live policies, with the company believing its action could help kick-start the beleaguered travel industry.

The policy for Covid-19 comes at no extra cost to existing or new policy holders,

It will ensure that Britons travelling overseas are covered for emergency medical and repatriation expenses if infected with the virus.

But the cover will only apply to trips taken to countries that the government has said are safe to visit.

The Foreign Office currently continues to advise against all but essential overseas travel.

Policyholders who have to change their date of travel will also be able to do so free of charge for any time within the next 12 months, with some exceptions.

The policy change came as a Staysure survey found that 58% of people think they will travel in the same amount in 2021 as in pre-coronavirus years.

Staysure founder and group chief executive Ryan Howsam said: “We need to look at all our options at this time of coronavirus and keep moving ahead.

“We are well-known for thinking of every eventuality and making sure that our customers have peace of mind when they travel.

“This new policy is no different. The coronavirus will be with us for some time and so we needed to put this into place as soon as possible.”

This story was updated on June 2 to confirm there may be some exceptions in relation to free travel date changes.