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Travel Advice: Refund For Tickets To Egypt?

Q. I am holding airline tickets to Egypt. Will I get a refund?

A. If the flight was going to take off soon, it probably has already been canceled, and you are entitled to a refund. If you have insurance for the other portions of your trip, the surprise is that you may not be covered. "In most cases, travel insurance does not offer cancellation refunds for riot or civil unrest, and that's what this is being called," said Chris Harvey, founder of Squaremouth.com, a travel insurance comparison website. He suggests that people call their insurance company to find out what is covered. Many policies will offer travel delay and missed-connection coverage in the event of rioting for trips that have already started. The best cancellation coverage for situations such as the uprising in Egypt — or anything else — is called "Cancel for Any Reason," Harvey said. This option can be added to policies for a premium.

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