APRIL Travel Protection extends coverage to Cuba

MIAMI, FL (Jan. 29, 2015) – Groundbreaking insurance innovator APRIL Travel Protection has announced that coverage will now be extended to policyholders originating from within the U.S. who are traveling to Cuba, including American cruise passengers stopping in Havana. This announcement is in light of the recently eased half-century-old embargo against the island-nation, opening up the country to expanded travel, trade and financial activities.

As the U.S. division of the APRIL Group, a leading insurance provider for European and Latin American policyholders since 1988, APRIL benefits from a well-established infrastructure in Cuba, where its existing provider network has been assisting non-American travelers for decades. This allows APRIL to hit the ground running and is seen as a major advantage in an industry where other major players are first learning the lay of the land.

Since APRIL launched its U.S. division in 2013, the company’s mission has been to change consumers’ perception of travel protection, starting with simple agreements that are easy to understand. With the company’s expansion into Cuba, APRIL further sets itself apart by offering its signature ‘Stress Less Benefits’ on Cuban soil, paying to resolve covered issues such as medical situations and travel disruptions on the spot while the vacationer is still traveling.

This instant adjudication allows policyholders to enjoy their time abroad without having to worry about out-of pocket expenses. APRIL is the only insurance company to offer this progressive benefit to U.S. policyholders traveling to Cuba.

“With Cuba travel opening to a broad range of individuals of various ages in all walks of life, it is important for visitors to have the peace of mind that their trip investment is safe,” said Jason Schreier, CEO of APRIL-USA. “This is especially important in destinations like Cuba, where not all hotels are up to American standards and the tourism industry in general is not accustomed to dealing with discerning U.S. travelers,” he continued.

APRIL’s Stress Less Benefits service in Cuba will cover a wide range of inconveniences that can’t be predicted in advance, including severe weather and natural disasters, injury, sickness, death, job loss or relocations, supplier default, terrorism, military duty, strikes and more.

APRIL will also be offering optional Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) coverage for Cuba in case the traveler has to cancel plans in advance.

Cuba will be included in APRIL’s Universal and Elite Annual Multi-Trip plans, ideal for business travelers who take frequent trips. It provides coverage all year long with one cost-affordable plan.

APRIL’s cost-effective VIP Plan, which offers enhanced coverage limits and extends benefits to the policyholder’s family, also applies for travel to Cuba.

Customized white-label insurance programs operated by APRIL on behalf of travel agent and tour partners who send clients to Cuba will feature APRIL’s Stress Less Benefits as well.

APRIL’s proactive approach to support keeps up with travelers’ evolving needs with a multi-lingual team and 24/7 toll-free access from most destinations – including Cuba – as well as other convenient support channels from Skype to texting, email and live chat.

Travel to Cuba without Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) authorization is now allowed when visiting for one of the following 12 reasons: family visits; official business of the U.S. Government, foreign governments and certain intergovernmental organizations; journalistic activity; professional research and professional meetings; educational activities; religious activities; public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions and exhibitions; support for the Cuban people; humanitarian projects; activities of private foundations or research for educations institutes; exportation, importation or transmission of information or information materials; or certain authorized export transactions.

For more information, contact APRIL Travel Protection at 855-277-4587, email info [at] AprilTravelProtection [dot] com or visit www.AprilTravelProtection.com.

About APRIL Travel Protection

APRIL Travel Protection is owned by APRIL, an international group with 45 operational companies in more than 40 different countries. APRIL is listed on Euronext Stock Exchange and has yearly sales of more than $1.1 billion.

With its guiding principles to build trust, push boundaries, innovate and keep it simple, APRIL Global Assistance Network benefits from an extensive organizational structure servicing more than six million policyholders worldwide.

The company’s U.S. division is supported by American Modern Insurance Group (an AM Best A+ rated carrier) as its preferred underwriter and is headquartered at 11900 Biscayne Blvd. Suite 600, Miami, FL, 33181.