Holiday Extras has increased the level of cover against Covid-19 in its insurance policies.

Cancellation is now covered if the policy holder or anyone insured on their policy contracts the virus prior to travelling and receives a positive test within 14 days of the travel start date.

The trade-friendly add-ons brand had already added Covid-19 insurance covering infection while travelling.

The latest enhancements apply to its top levels of insurance – Gold, Platinum, Cruise Medical and Cruise Gold.

Those policies now include the cancellation cover, overseas medical treatment worth up to £10 million, repatriation if required, cover for additional travel and accommodation costs if discharged from hospital but medically unable to return home immediately.

They also cover the costs for one other person to stay with the customer, or to travel to the customer from the UK and accompany them home, travel costs to or from a hospital and travel costs to and from appointments, collection of medication and cost of additional food and drink.

Platinum level insurance includes cover for additional accommodation and/or return transportation if denied boarding the return flight due to having or being suspected of having Covid-19

Adam Edinburgh, head of commercial (Insurance) at Holiday Extras, said: “Holiday Extras’ latest market research shows that 82% of people who flew abroad in the last year plan to do so again either this year or next, and 43% have already booked their trip.

“Even with Spain temporarily off the quarantine-exemption list most of last year’s holiday market is keen to travel soon, and since we know one of the things they need to do so is good travel insurance that protects their trip if they fall ill, we expanded our cover to help.”