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On May 5, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi indicated that “Italy is ready to welcome the world” again. Italy plans to begin welcoming travelers from mid-May, provided they have the Green Pass. And Europe’s continent-wide Green Pass program is slated to begin in mid-June.

There has already been an upsurge in travel bookings to Italy over the past few weeks following the announcement by the EU that it would reopen to travelers. (More details in my most recent newsletter.)

But even with all of this optimism, I can’t help but worry that the days of quarantines and lockdowns, of canceled and reduced flights, and of sickness and closures, are still lurking in the near background. This is why I have suddenly taken a keen interest in travel insurance.

In the “before times,” I never really thought that much about insuring my travels. I often ticked the box at the end of a travel booking on Expedia or another travel site that added on basic coverage. But I rarely looked into travel insurance before I booked my flight.

I know I am not alone.

A few days ago, Forbes published a list of the Best Pandemic Travel Insurance Plans. The list of 50 plans “were scored based on their Covid-related trip cancellation and medical benefits, and whether the plan offers ‘cancel for any reason’ coverage, which gives you the option to cancel and get some reimbursement no matter what the reason.”

If you’re ready to start traveling again—who isn’t?!—consider taking a look at TravelInsurance.com. This insurance comparison site is like Expedia in that it lets you compare insurance coverage and rates from many different companies all at once, including the top-rated companies that Forbes lists in its article.

Beyond having travel insurance for peace of mind with regard to cancellations, you may also want to purchase it in case of emergency medical care.

“Non-EU citizens coming from countries not covered by the [European Health Insurance Card] agreement are provided with health services that must be paid for in accordance with the relative scale of charges,” explains Italy’s National Tourism Agency.

While your private insurance plan may cover your medical expenses while abroad, it may not. Travel insurance coverage that includes generous coverage for medical emergencies is a worthwhile supplement to consider.

Learn more: What You Need To Know About Travel Insurance For International Trips

Featured photo of sunflowers in Vinci, Tuscany, by Paul Green/Unsplash. Sunflowers typically bloom from mid-June throughout August, particularly in the regions of Tuscany and Umbria.

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