I've been trying to get travel insurance for my daughter's proposed trip to Italy and France in September. Every insurer I've spoken to say that they won't be paying claims related to any future issues arising from the Iceland volcano, unless the policy was purchased prior to April 16th.
This exclusion will be in place indefinitely, until such time as it can be shown that the volcano no longer represents a known risk.
I was told "We only insure for unforeseen occurrences" and in this case, it could be reasonably expected that there will be more ash episodes ongoing.
Clearly, travellers are still planning trips to Europe, so I was wondering how others feel about taking insurance in the knowledge it won't cover for every contingency? My daughter is devastated she may not get to take a much-anticipated trip. Fortunately we have only paid a smallish deposit so far, with the balance payable in July. I'd rather lose the deposit than risk a much larger sum.