“This would suggest that customers are buying earlier for their Easter holidays, and other later dates. We are also seeing purchases increasing significantly, and comparing this to the same day last year, they’ve increased by 159 percent.
“The key message is to make sure you have travel insurance in place as soon as you’ve booked. If you’ve booked and haven’t got insurance, get it sorted as soon as possible.
“If you have insurance in place and the FCO advises against travel to your destination, you should be covered, whereas if they have listed your destination area as no travel before you buy your policy, an insurer won’t pay out.
“Travellers already in travel restricted zones and trying to leave will continue to be covered by travel insurance, whereas anyone actively trying to travel to these areas or any other area which has a travel restriction imposed by the FCO would now risk invalidating their travel policy.
“If you’ve booked a trip and now want to cancel it, then you may find your insurer won’t refund you if there’s no warning on travel to your destination.
“If you’ve booked flights and accommodation separately, it’s worth contacting the airline you’re flying with to seek their advice on disruption to future flights.
“We’d also urge people to get in touch with their insurer to check cover and restrictions, or for more specific advice relating to their policy.”