A business insurance policy covering agents against cancellation costs if a customer cannot travel due to testing positive to Covid-19 has been introduced.

The cover gives the opportunity for the agent to change the booking and recover additional costs in doing so.

Travel insurance that can be sold to consumers including pre-departure cancellation if travellers test positive for Covid-19 and cannot travel is also being offered.

It also covers emergency medical care and repatriation should they contract the virus abroad.

The twin polices have been unveiled by Rock Insurance Group.

Managing director Antony Martin said: “There has been a great deal of confusion around travel insurance recently and the travel industry has incurred significant costs because of it.

“We noticed a gap in the market for a solid Covid-protection policy so we wanted to create robust products which clearly outline what is and isn’t included.

“As the world is starting to open up for travel again, we feel it is really important to re-instate traveller confidence by offering pre-departure cover for the elements that are not covered under Package Travel Regulations as well as cover during their trips.

“This new product will help drive customer bookings whilst ensuring the travel trade is better prepared for any potential repercussions if the Covid-19 worsens and if any new pandemics emerge.”