The coordinated attacks throughout Paris on Friday that left nearly 130 people dead have no doubt scared potential visitors away and it will be some time before the cost to the city is known. But for people already holding airline and hotel reservations, there are options.
Typically, third-party travel sites are bound by the rules put forth by the supplier. So, a flight booked through a site like Expedia would be bound by the same cancellation or change policies as the hotel or airline in question.
"Some policies require that the city -- in this case Paris -- be on the traveler's itinerary, or that a city within a specified distance, often 50-100 miles, is on their itinerary," the spokesperson said. "Many policies require the traveler's departure date be within the next 7-30 days following the attack, so those with travel dates after mid-December, or even later this week, may not be covered depending on their policy details."
Allianz Global Assistance, which is based in Paris, said policies do provide coverage for trip cancellation and trip interruption when there is a terrorist event at the customer's destination within 30 days of the day they are scheduled to arrive. Allianz Travel Insurance customers who are already in Paris and wish to return early may receive payment for their unused prepaid expenses and may be covered for additional transportation costs to get home early.
Those who proceed with previously-planned trips should expect additional a heightened security presence around the city and at popular attractions. The Eiffel Tower remained closed Monday, but several museums, such as the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay, have reopened as of Monday afternoon.