A new Covid-19 travel insurance package for older travellers includes medical expenses, cancellation cover, repatriation and recuperation costs.

The policy, including trip cancellation and curtailment cover, has been introduced by AllClear.

The provider says the insurance for older travellers comes as “there is an economic case for rebuilding confidence in travel”.

New research conducted by the firm among 2,000 adults during lockdown found that the over-55s are the least likely age group to have put off overseas travel plans for 2020 – 36% compared to a national average of 48%.

Older people were also most likely to say that when lockdown ends they want to have an overseas holiday – 38% among the over-55s rising to 57% of over-65s.

AllClear Insurance chief executive Chris Rolland said: “Travel is part of the DNA of modern life and, as we come out of lockdown, it is natural that people will want to go overseas – the vital issue is how this can be done safely and fully following government advice on COVID-19.

“We specialise in covering older travellers with pre-existing medical conditions so safety, risk management and trust are at the very heart of our business.

“Now is not a time for anyone to travel without insurance or the false economy of cheap cover that’s full of holes.

“When it is safe to travel, people want to know they will be in a safe pair of hands when they go abroad. That is why we have put together a comprehensive package.

“We’re not encouraging people to travel when they shouldn’t, but we want to make it safe for people when they can or when they have to.

“This is not only about helping our customers, it’s about helping to rebuild the country and people’s confidence in one of their most cherished freedoms – the ability to travel.”