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  • Best Plans Guarantee: InsureMyTrip uses feedback from real customers to help filter plans. And the actual provider rating is considered when making recommendations.
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  • Money Back Guarantee: While details vary by plan, you can typically cancel your plan anytime within the refund period and get a refund if you're not satisfied.

Travel insurance coverages

A comprehensive travel policy gives you the most coverage — it typically includes trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, emergency medical coverage, emergency evacuation, and more. But each policy and insurer is different, so compare your options carefully. Here's how each of the coverages on a comprehensive policy generally work.


Trip cancellation

Get reimbursed for up to 100% of your prepaid, nonrefundable trip costs if you need to cancel your trip before you leave due to qualifying unforeseen reasons.

Find out how canceled flights are covered .

Trip interruption

If your trip is interrupted for specific unforeseen circumstances covered by your plan, you may be reimbursed up to your plan's limits. Trip interruption covers your unused, prepaid, nonrefundable costs like flights, tours, and accommodations, plus qualifying cancellation fees.

Cancel for any reason

You can add optional cancel for any reason (CFAR) trip protection to some comprehensive policies. If you need to cancel your trip for something other than one of the trip cancellation reasons listed on your policy, CFAR may allow you to be reimbursed for a portion of your prepaid, nonrefundable trip costs (usually 50–75%). *

Medical and dental

If you need emergency medical or dental treatment due to a covered illness or injury during an international trip, you may be reimbursed for care costs up to your coverage limits. Treatment for pre-existing conditions is typically excluded from coverage.

Pre-existing conditions

An optional pre-existing conditions waiver may be available on some plans if you purchase travel insurance within a certain time frame after your initial trip payment and you meet all other eligibility requirements. This waives the pre-existing conditions exclusion that applies to many other coverages like trip cancellation, trip interruption, and emergency medical.

Accidental death and dismemberment

If you suffer accidental death or a qualifying injury during your trip, your plan may pay out a benefit to you or your beneficiary.

Baggage loss, delay, or damage

Get reimbursed if your personal property is lost, stolen, or damaged on your trip. Learn more about coverage for lost luggage .

24/7 assistance

You'll have access to 24-hour assistance if you need emergency medical care or evacuation, travel support, or business services during your trip.

What doesn't a travel insurance plan cover?

Each travel insurance policy has its own coverages, so read the plan details carefully to understand what's covered and what's excluded.

Cancel for any reason coverage can be added to, but is not automatically included in, some comprehensive plans. Vacation rental damage coverage is only included on a standalone vacation rental policy. Pre-existing health conditions are generally excluded from coverage unless you add on a pre-existing conditions waiver.

Types of travel insurance plans

Through InsureMyTrip, you can compare and quote comprehensive plans or standalone coverages like medical, accidental death, vacation rental, and more. Review the coverage each plan type offers before deciding which is best for your trip. These are the plan types available via InsureMyTrip:


Comprehensive plans offer the most protection for your trip and usually include coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, lost baggage, overseas medical and dental, emergency evacuation, 24-hour traveler assistance, and accidental death benefit. You may also be able to add on cancel for any reason coverage.

Travel medical

Travel medical insurance is designed to fill in the gaps of your primary health insurance while you're traveling internationally. This plan is best if you're primarily concerned about emergency medical costs while you're out of the country and you don't plan to get a comprehensive policy, which also includes medical coverage.

Emergency medical evacuation

A medical evacuation plan covers your transport assistance and costs if you become ill or injured while traveling. If your physician and the assistance company feel you'd be better cared for at a different facility, this plan type generally covers your transportation to the nearest suitable facility. If you'd like to determine which hospital you'll be transported to, look for evacuation plans with a "hospital of choice" benefit.

Travel accidental death and dismemberment

Similar to how AD&D life insurance works , an AD&D travel plan can pay out the coverage amount to your named beneficiary if you die on your trip. Many can also pay out to you if you suffer a qualifying serious injury on the trip. The payout would be in addition to any applicable life insurance you have. When you compare AD&D travel plans, you may be able to choose between 24/7 coverage and flight-specific coverage.

Vacation rental

If you're a U.S. resident and your vacation rental is accidentally damaged during your trip, a vacation rental policy can cover up to a set limit of property damage costs. You may be able to choose your coverage limit. Some vacation rental plans also include coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, baggage loss, and more.

Remember, comprehensive plans typically include the most benefits. Consider other plans if you only need specialized or increased coverage. Learn more about how travel insurance works .

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The best travel insurance policies and providers

Katie Genter

It's easy to dismiss the value of travel insurance until you need it.

Many travelers have strong opinions about whether you should buy travel insurance . However, the purpose of this post isn't to determine whether it's worth investing in. Instead, it compares some of the top travel insurance providers and policies so you can determine which travel insurance option is best for you.

Of course, as the coronavirus remains an ongoing concern, it's important to understand whether travel insurance covers pandemics. Some policies will cover you if you're diagnosed with COVID-19 and have proof of illness from a doctor. Others will take coverage a step further, covering additional types of pandemic-related expenses and cancellations.

Know, though, that every policy will have exclusions and restrictions that may limit coverage. For example, fear of travel is generally not a covered reason for invoking trip cancellation or interruption coverage, while specific stipulations may apply to elevated travel warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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So, before buying a specific policy, you must understand the full terms and any special notices the insurer has about COVID-19. You may even want to buy the optional cancel for any reason add-on that's available for some comprehensive policies. While you'll pay more for that protection, it allows you to cancel your trip for any reason and still get some of your costs back. Note that this benefit is time-sensitive and has other eligibility requirements, so not all travelers will qualify.

In this guide, we'll review several policies from top travel insurance providers so you have a better understanding of your options before picking the policy and provider that best address your wants and needs.

The best travel insurance providers

To put together this list of the best travel insurance providers, a number of details were considered: favorable ratings from TPG Lounge members, the availability of details about policies and the claims process online, positive online ratings and the ability to purchase policies in most U.S. states. You can also search for options from these (and other) providers through an insurance comparison site like InsureMyTrip .

When comparing insurance providers, I priced out a single-trip policy for each provider for a $2,000, one-week vacation to Istanbul . I used my actual age and state of residence when obtaining quotes. As a result, you may see a different price — or even additional policies due to regulations for travel insurance varying from state to state — when getting a quote.

AIG Travel Guard

AIG Travel Guard receives many positive reviews from readers in the TPG Lounge who have filed claims with the company. AIG offers three plans online, which you can compare side by side, and the ability to examine sample policies. Here are three plans for my sample trip to Turkey.

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AIG Travel Guard also offers an annual travel plan. This plan is priced at $259 per year for one Florida resident.

Additionally, AIG Travel Guard offers several other policies, including a single-trip policy without trip cancellation protection . See AIG Travel Guard's COVID-19 notification and COVID-19 advisory for current details regarding COVID-19 coverage.

Preexisting conditions

Typically, AIG Travel Guard wouldn't cover you for any loss or expense due to a preexisting medical condition that existed within 180 days of the coverage effective date. However, AIG Travel Guard may waive the preexisting medical condition exclusion on some plans if you meet the following conditions:

  • You purchase the plan within 15 days of your initial trip payment.
  • The amount of coverage you purchase equals all trip costs at the time of purchase. You must update your coverage to insure the costs of any subsequent arrangements that you add to your trip within 15 days of paying the travel supplier for these additional arrangements.
  • You must be medically able to travel when you purchase your plan.

Standout features

  • The Deluxe and Preferred plans allow you to purchase an upgrade that lets you cancel your trip for any reason. However, reimbursement under this coverage will not exceed 50% or 75% of your covered trip cost.
  • You can include one child (age 17 and younger) with each paying adult for no additional cost on most single-trip plans.
  • Other optional upgrades, including an adventure sports bundle, a baggage bundle, an inconvenience bundle, a pet bundle, a security bundle and a wedding bundle, are available on some policies. So, an AIG Travel Guard plan may be a good choice if you know you want extra coverage in specific areas.

Purchase your policy here: AIG Travel Guard .

Allianz Travel Insurance

Allianz is one of the most highly regarded providers in the TPG Lounge, and many readers found the claim process reasonable. Allianz offers many plans, including the following single-trip plans for my sample trip to Turkey.

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If you travel frequently, it may make sense to purchase an annual multi-trip policy. For this plan, all of the maximum coverage amounts in the table below are per trip (except for the trip cancellation and trip interruption amounts, which are an aggregate limit per policy). Trips typically must last no more than 45 days, although some plans may cover trips of up to 90 days.

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See Allianz's coverage alert for current information on COVID-19 coverage.

Most Allianz travel insurance plans may cover preexisting medical conditions if you meet particular requirements. For the OneTrip Premier, Prime and Basic plans, the requirements are as follows:

  • You purchased the policy within 14 days of the date of the first trip payment or deposit.
  • You were a U.S. resident when you purchased the policy.
  • You were medically able to travel when you purchased the policy.
  • On the policy purchase date, you insured the total, nonrefundable cost of your trip (including arrangements that will become nonrefundable or subject to cancellation penalties before your departure date). If you incur additional nonrefundable trip expenses after purchasing this policy, you must insure them within 14 days of their purchase.
  • Allianz offers reasonably priced annual policies for independent travelers and families who take multiple trips lasting up to 45 days (or 90 days for select plans) per year.
  • Some Allianz plans provide the option of receiving a flat reimbursement amount without receipts for trip delay and baggage delay claims. Of course, you can also submit receipts to get up to the maximum refund.
  • For emergency transportation coverage, you or someone on your behalf must contact Allianz, and Allianz must then make all transportation arrangements in advance. However, most Allianz policies provide an option if you cannot contact the company: Allianz will pay up to what it would have paid if it had made the arrangements.

Purchase your policy here: Allianz Travel Insurance .

American Express Travel Insurance

American Express Travel Insurance offers four different package plans and a build-your-own coverage option. You don't have to be an American Express cardholder to purchase this insurance. Here are the four package options for my sample weeklong trip to Turkey. Unlike some other providers, Amex won't ask for your travel destination on the initial quote (but will when you purchase the plan).

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Amex's build-your-own coverage plan is unique because you can purchase just the coverage you need. For most types of protection, you can even select the coverage amount that works best for you.

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The prices for the packages and the build-your-own plan don't increase for longer trips — as long as the trip cost remains constant. However, the emergency medical and dental benefit is only available for your first 60 days of travel.

Typically, Amex won't cover any loss you incur because of a preexisting medical condition that existed within 90 days of the coverage effective date. However, Amex may waive its preexisting-condition exclusion if you meet both of the following requirements:

  • You must be medically able to travel at the time you pay the policy premium.
  • You pay the policy premium within 14 days of making the first covered trip deposit.
  • Amex's build-your-own coverage option allows you to only purchase — and pay for — the coverage you need.
  • Coverage on long trips doesn't cost more than coverage for short trips, making this policy ideal for extended getaways. However, the emergency medical and dental benefit only covers your first 60 days of travel.
  • American Express Travel Insurance can protect travel expenses you purchase with Amex Membership Rewards points in the Pay with Points program (as well as travel expenses bought with cash, debit or credit). However, travel expenses bought with other types of points and miles aren't covered.

Purchase your policy here: American Express Travel Insurance .

GeoBlue is different from most other providers described in this piece because it only provides medical coverage while you're traveling internationally and does not offer benefits to protect the cost of your trip. There are many different policies. Some require you to have primary health insurance in the U.S. (although it doesn't need to be provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield), but all of them only offer coverage while traveling outside the U.S.

Two single-trip plans are available if you're traveling for six months or less. The Voyager Choice policy provides coverage (including medical services and medical evacuation for a sudden recurrence of a preexisting condition) for trips outside the U.S. to travelers who are 95 or younger and already have a U.S. health insurance policy.

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The Voyager Essential policy provides coverage (including medical evacuation for a sudden recurrence of a preexisting condition) for trips outside the U.S. to travelers who are 95 or younger, regardless of whether they have primary health insurance.

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In addition to these options, two multi-trip plans cover trips of up to 70 days each for one year. Both policies provide coverage (including medical services and medical evacuation for preexisting conditions) to travelers with primary health insurance.

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Be sure to check out GeoBlue's COVID-19 notices before buying a plan.

Most GeoBlue policies explicitly cover sudden recurrences of preexisting conditions for medical services and medical evacuation.

  • GeoBlue can be an excellent option if you're mainly concerned about the medical side of travel insurance.
  • GeoBlue provides single-trip, multi-trip and long-term medical travel insurance policies for many different types of travel.

Purchase your policy here: GeoBlue .

IMG offers various travel medical insurance policies for travelers, as well as comprehensive travel insurance policies. For a single trip of 90 days or less, there are five policy types available for vacation or holiday travelers. Although you must enter your gender, males and females received the same quote for my one-week search.

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You can purchase an annual multi-trip travel medical insurance plan. Some only cover trips lasting up to 30 or 45 days, but others provide coverage for longer trips.

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See IMG's page on COVID-19 for additional policy information as it relates to coronavirus-related claims.

Most plans may cover preexisting conditions under set parameters or up to specific amounts. For example, the iTravelInsured Travel LX travel insurance plan shown above may cover preexisting conditions if you purchase the insurance within 24 hours of making the final payment for your trip.

For the travel medical insurance plans shown above, preexisting conditions are covered for travelers younger than 70. However, coverage is capped based on your age and whether you have a primary health insurance policy.

  • Some annual multi-trip plans are modestly priced.
  • iTravelInsured Travel LX may offer optional cancel for any reason and interruption for any reason coverage, if eligible.

Purchase your policy here: IMG .

Travelex Insurance

Travelex offers three single-trip plans: Travel Basic, Travel Select and Travel America. However, only the Travel Basic and Travel Select plans would be applicable for my trip to Turkey.

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See Travelex's COVID-19 coverage statement for coronavirus-specific information.

Typically, Travelex won't cover losses incurred because of a preexisting medical condition that existed within 60 days of the coverage effective date. However, the Travel Select plan may offer a preexisting condition exclusion waiver. To be eligible for this waiver, the insured traveler must meet all the following conditions:

  • You purchase the plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment.
  • The amount of coverage purchased equals all prepaid, nonrefundable payments or deposits applicable to the trip at the time of purchase. Additionally, you must insure the costs of any subsequent arrangements added to the same trip within 15 days of payment or deposit.
  • All insured individuals are medically able to travel when they pay the plan cost.
  • The trip cost does not exceed the maximum trip cost limit under trip cancellation as shown in the schedule per person (only applicable to trip cancellation, interruption and delay).
  • Travelex's Travel Select policy can cover trips lasting up to 364 days, which is longer than many single-trip policies.
  • Neither Travelex policy requires receipts for trip and baggage delay expenses less than $25.
  • For emergency evacuation coverage, you or someone on your behalf must contact Travelex and have Travelex make all transportation arrangements in advance. However, both Travelex policies provide an option if you cannot contact Travelex: Travelex will pay up to what it would have paid if it had made the arrangements.

Purchase your policy here: Travelex Insurance .

Seven Corners

Seven Corners offers a wide variety of policies. Here are the policies that are most applicable to travelers on a single international trip.

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Seven Corners also offers many other types of travel insurance, including an annual multi-trip plan. You can choose coverage for trips of up to 30, 45 or 60 days when purchasing an annual multi-trip plan.

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See Seven Corner's page on COVID-19 for additional policy information as it relates to coronavirus-related claims.

Typically, Seven Corners won't cover losses incurred because of a preexisting medical condition. However, the RoundTrip Choice plan offers a preexisting condition exclusion waiver. To be eligible for this waiver, you must meet all of the following conditions:

  • You buy this plan within 20 days of making your initial trip payment or deposit.
  • You or your travel companion are medically able and not disabled from travel when you pay for this plan or upgrade your plan.
  • You update the coverage to include the additional cost of subsequent travel arrangements within 15 days of paying your travel supplier for them.
  • Seven Corners offers the ability to purchase optional sports and golf equipment coverage. If purchased, this extra insurance will reimburse you for the cost of renting sports or golf equipment if yours is lost, stolen, damaged or delayed by a common carrier for six or more hours. However, Seven Corners must authorize the expenses in advance.
  • You can add cancel for any reason coverage or trip interruption for any reason coverage to RoundTrip plans. Although some other providers offer cancel for any reason coverage, trip interruption for any reason coverage is less common.
  • Seven Corners' RoundTrip Choice policy offers a political or security evacuation benefit that will transport you to the nearest safe place or your residence under specific conditions. You can also add optional event ticket registration fee protection to the RoundTrip Choice policy.

Purchase your policy here: Seven Corners .

World Nomads

World Nomads is popular with younger, active travelers because of its flexibility and adventure-activities coverage on the Explorer plan. Unlike many policies offered by other providers, you don't need to estimate prepaid costs when purchasing the insurance to have access to trip interruption and cancellation insurance.

World Nomads offers two single-trip plans.

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World Nomads has a page dedicated to coronavirus coverage , so be sure to view it before buying a policy.

World Nomads won't cover losses incurred because of a preexisting medical condition (except emergency evacuation and repatriation of remains) that existed within 90 days of the coverage effective date. Unlike many other providers, World Nomads doesn't offer a waiver.

  • World Nomads' policies cover more adventure sports than most providers, so activities such as bungee jumping are included. The Explorer policy covers almost any adventure sport, including skydiving, stunt flying and caving. So, if you partake in adventure sports while traveling, the Explorer policy may be a good fit.
  • World Nomads' policies provide nonmedical evacuation coverage for transportation expenses if there is civil or political unrest in the country you are visiting. The coverage may also transport you home if there is an eligible natural disaster or a government expels you.

Purchase your policy here: World Nomads .

Other options for buying travel insurance

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This guide details the policies of eight providers with the information available at the time of publication. There are many options when it comes to travel insurance, though. To compare different policies quickly, you can use a travel insurance aggregator like InsureMyTrip to search. Just note that these search engines won't show every policy and every provider, and you should still research the provided policies to ensure the coverage fits your trip and needs.

You can also purchase a plan through various membership associations, such as USAA, AAA or Costco. Typically, these organizations partner with a specific provider, so if you are a member of any of these associations, you may want to compare the policies offered through the organization with other policies to get the best coverage for your trip.

Related: Should you get travel insurance if you have credit card protection?

Is travel insurance worth getting?

Whether you should purchase travel insurance is a personal decision. Suppose you use a credit card that provides travel insurance for most of your expenses and have medical insurance that provides adequate coverage abroad. In that case, you may be covered enough on most trips to forgo purchasing travel insurance.

However, suppose your medical insurance won't cover you at your destination and you can't comfortably cover a sizable medical evacuation bill or last-minute flight home . In that case, you should consider purchasing travel insurance. If you travel frequently, buying an annual multi-trip policy may be worth it.

What is the best COVID-19 travel insurance?

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There are various aspects to keep in mind in the age of COVID-19. Consider booking travel plans that are fully refundable or have modest change or cancellation fees so you don't need to worry about whether your policy will cover trip cancellation. This is important since many standard comprehensive insurance policies won't reimburse your insured expenses in the event of cancellation if it's related to the fear of traveling due to COVID-19.

However, if you book a nonrefundable trip and want to maintain the ability to get reimbursed (up to 75% of your insured costs) if you choose to cancel, you should consider buying a comprehensive travel insurance policy and then adding optional cancel for any reason protection. Just note that this benefit is time-sensitive and has eligibility requirements, so not all travelers will qualify.

Providers will often require CFAR purchasers insure the entire dollar amount of their travels to receive the coverage. Also, many CFAR policies mandate that you must cancel your plans and notify all travel suppliers at least 48 hours before your scheduled departure.

Likewise, if your primary health insurance won't cover you while on your trip, it's essential to consider whether medical expenses related to COVID-19 treatment are covered. You may also want to consider a MedJet medical transport membership if your trip is to a covered destination for coronavirus-related evacuation.

Ultimately, the best pandemic travel insurance policy will depend on your trip details, travel concerns and your willingness to self-insure. Just be sure to thoroughly read and understand any terms or exclusions before purchasing.

What are the different types of travel insurance?

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Whether you purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy or rely on the protections offered by select credit cards, you may have access to the following types of coverage:

  • Baggage delay protection may reimburse for essential items and clothing when a common carrier (such as an airline) fails to deliver your checked bag within a set time of your arrival at a destination. Typically, you may be reimbursed up to a particular amount per incident or per day.
  • Lost/damaged baggage protection may provide reimbursement to replace lost or damaged luggage and items inside that luggage. However, valuables and electronics usually have a relatively low maximum benefit.
  • Trip delay reimbursement may provide reimbursement for necessary items, food, lodging and sometimes transportation when you're delayed for a substantial time while traveling on a common carrier such as an airline. This insurance may be beneficial if weather issues (or other covered reasons for which the airline usually won't provide compensation) delay you.
  • Trip cancellation and interruption protection may provide reimbursement if you need to cancel or interrupt your trip for a covered reason, such as a death in your family or jury duty.
  • Medical evacuation insurance can arrange and pay for medical evacuation if deemed necessary by the insurance provider and a medical professional. This coverage can be particularly valuable if you're traveling to a region with subpar medical facilities.
  • Travel accident insurance may provide a payment to you or your beneficiary in the case of your death or dismemberment.
  • Emergency medical insurance may provide payment or reimburse you if you must seek medical care while traveling. Some plans only cover emergency medical care, but some also cover other types of medical care. You may need to pay a deductible or copay.
  • Rental car coverage may provide a collision damage waiver when renting a car. This waiver may reimburse for collision damage or theft up to a set amount. Some policies also cover loss-of-use charges assessed by the rental company and towing charges to take the vehicle to the nearest qualified repair facility. You generally need to decline the rental company's collision damage waiver or similar provision to be covered.

Should I buy travel health insurance?

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If you purchase travel with credit cards that provide various trip protections, you may not see much need for additional travel insurance. However, you may still wonder whether you should buy travel medical insurance.

If your primary health insurance covers you on your trip, you may not need travel health insurance. Your domestic policy may not cover you outside the U.S., though, so it's worth calling the number on your health insurance card if you have coverage questions. If your primary health insurance wouldn't cover you, it's likely worth purchasing travel medical insurance. After all, as you can see above, travel medical insurance is often very modestly priced.

How much does travel insurance cost?

Travel insurance costs depend on various factors, including the provider, the type of coverage, your trip cost, your destination, your age, your residency and how many travelers you want to insure. That said, a standard travel insurance plan will generally set you back somewhere between 4% and 10% of your total trip cost. However, this can get lower for more basic protections or become even higher if you include add-ons like cancel for any reason protection.

The best way to determine how much travel insurance will cost is to price out your trip with a few providers discussed in the guide. Or, visit an insurance aggregator like InsureMyTrip to quickly compare options across multiple providers.

When and how to get travel insurance

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For the most robust selection of available travel insurance benefits — including time-sensitive add-ons like CFAR protection and waivers of preexisting conditions for eligible travelers — you should ideally purchase travel insurance on the same day you make your first payment toward your trip.

However, many plans may still offer a preexisting conditions waiver for those who qualify if you buy your travel insurance within 14 to 21 days of your first trip expense or deposit (this time frame may vary by provider). If you don't need a preexisting conditions waiver or aren't interested in CFAR coverage, you can purchase travel insurance once your departure date nears.

You must purchase coverage before it's needed. Some travel medical plans are available for purchase after you have departed, but comprehensive plans that include medical coverage must be purchased before departing.

Additionally, you can't buy any medical coverage once you require medical attention. The same applies to all travel insurance coverage. Once you recognize the need, it's too late to protect your trip.

Once you've shopped around and decided upon the best travel insurance plan for your trip, you should be able to complete your purchase online. You'll usually be able to download your insurance card and the complete policy shortly after the transaction is complete.

Related: 7 times your credit card's travel insurance might not cover you

Bottom line

Not all travel insurance policies and providers are equal. Before buying a plan, read and understand the policy documents. By doing so, you can choose a plan that's appropriate for you and your trip — including the features that matter most to you.

For example, if you plan to go skiing or rock climbing, make sure the policy you buy doesn't contain exclusions for these activities. Likewise, if you're making two back-to-back trips during which you'll be returning home for a short time in between, be sure the plan doesn't terminate coverage at the end of your first trip.

If you're looking to cover a sudden recurrence of a preexisting condition, select a policy with a preexisting condition waiver and fulfill the requirements for the waiver. After all, buying insurance won't help if your policy doesn't cover your losses.

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Looking to plan the vacation of a lifetime or flying home for the holidays? Trip insurance and flight insurance can provide the peace of mind you need for your next journey. The GEICO Insurance Agency, with Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection (BHTP), offers comprehensive travel insurance coverage, with prompt service and global assistance. Get an online travel insurance quote today and confidently protect your next adventure.

AirCare Flight Insurance

If you only need to protect your travel costs for a flight, AirCare may be what you need. With affordable coverage for both domestic and international flights, AirCare flight insurance helps you plan with peace of mind.

ExactCare Travel Insurance

If you want to cover your flight and other trip arrangement's ExtraCare can help. An ExactCare Travel Insurance policy can help with the unexpected like:

  • Trip Cancellations/Interruptions/Delays
  • Lost/Stolen travel documents
  • Unexpected medical expenses

What's the difference between flight insurance and travel insurance?

The main difference is that a flight insurance policy only covers your airfare. On the other hand, a travel insurance policy helps protect your flight as well as other parts of your trip. While you're planning your next trip, think about where you're going and what you'll be doing. Once you have that, it'll be easier to choose which policy works best for your trip.

What does a flight insurance policy cover?

AirCare Flight Insurance has a variety of benefits including emergency travel assistance, 24/7/365. Some common flight coverages are:

  • Airfare incase flights are cancelled or you miss a connection
  • Personal items like lost or delayed luggage
  • Flight delays in your departure (at the gate or on the tarmac)

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What does a travel insurance policy cover?

ExactCare Travel Insurance provides all-in-one travel protection, with family friendly pricing and worldwide emergency travel assistance 24/7/365. Common things covered by travel insurance are:

  • Trip cancellation or interruption
  • Personal items like passports and luggage
  • Medical costs like hospital and doctor expenses, medical evacuations, and more

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What is not covered by travel insurance?

Your coverage is based on the plan you choose. However, in general some things that aren't normally covered by travel insurance are:

  • Action and team sports, for example auto racing, pro sports travel, or other extreme sport activities
  • Travel to get medical care
  • Trip Cancellation because you changed your mind

For more information, please check your policy.

Is travel or trip insurance worth the cost?

Travel insurance can help protect your vacation or trips from unexpected things happening. You can travel without trip insurance but doing so brings greater risk if something goes wrong or you encounter unexpected delays. Flight insurance or trip insurance coverage can include things like flight cancellation, lost luggage, trip cancellation, emergency medical transportation, and more. Learn more about travel insurance and why you should get a travel insurance quote today!

How much does travel insurance cost?

Travel insurance typically costs 5 to 10 percent of your total trip cost, though that can be influenced by several things.

  • The cost of the trip
  • The length of your trip and destination
  • The amount of coverage selected
  • The number of travelers covered under the policy

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Is travel insurance worth it?

Yes. Things happen that are out of your control. Whether it's your flight being cancelled or delayed to a family emergency. Life happens and that's how travel insurance can help. Plan for the unexpected with a travel insurance policy so you can rest easy knowing you're covered.

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  • What travel insurance plans are available? BHTB offers AirCare (flight only) and 3 main plans: ExactCare Value, ExactCare, and ExactCare Extra. ExactCare Value provides great traveling insurance coverage for budget minded travelers. You can rest easy knowing you're covered for things like trip cancellation, trip interruption, and medical expenses. The main difference is the maximum amount that will be covered. ExactCare and ExactCare Extra's insurance cover the same things as ExactCare Value and add coverage for missed connections and accidental death & dismemberment. The overall amount covered is also increased for each plan respectively.
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Last Updated: March 8, 2018 November 13, 2023

Comprehensive travel insurance typically refers to single trip plans that offer a wide range of benefits and protection for travelers. In most cases, this type of plan includes coverage for Trip Cancellation , Emergency Medical , Medical Evacuation , Travel Delay , Baggage Delay , and AD&D .

What Does Comprehensive Travel Insurance Cover?

Comprehensive travel insurance policies provide financial protection for unexpected events that impact your trip. The following are popular benefits included in comprehensive plans that can offer reimbursement to travelers:

  • Trip Cancellation can reimburse a traveler for non-refundable trip costs if they cancel their trip altogether for a covered reason, including illness, injury or death, terrorism, hurricane or inclement weather conditions and employment layoff.
  • Emergency Medical and Medical Evacuation can refund travelers if they need to seek medical treatment for an unexpected reason while on their trip.
  • Baggage and Personal Items Loss can provide refunds if a traveler has to purchase essential items due to an airline delay or if their baggage or personal items are delayed or lost.

Every comprehensive travel insurance policy comes with 24 Hour Assistance , which can help travelers with medical and legal assistance, emergency cash transfers, emergency translations and pre-trip assistance.

Get the Best Comprehensive Travel Insurance Policy By Comparing Benefits

Find the right coverage for your trip by comparing travel insurance policies side-by-side on Squaremouth . Read customer reviews as well as compare travel insurance policies from every major provider in the United States. Customers can also see how many policies each provider has sold and how many times customers have chosen a certain policy as their favorite. Travelers are able to make an informed decision and find the policy that best fits their needs.

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You might have planned your next vacation, but consider travel insurance before you start packing. A comprehensive policy can protect you if the unexpected happens before or during your trip.

"Travel insurance is often an overlooked investment until the unforeseen happens," says Beth Godlin, president of Aon Affinity Travel Practice . "It's designed to give travelers peace of mind and financial protection against travel risks."

A policy doesn't have to be expensive, according to Godlin, and it can add a layer of protection and security.

Getting travel insurance

How do i get travel insurance, what does travel insurance cover, how much does travel insurance cost.

  • Bottom line

There are many options in the travel insurance marketplace: Aggregator site Squaremouth lets you get price quotes from different carriers and, because it receives a commission from the insurance companies on its site, users aren't charged any additional fees.

Allianz has both single-trip and annual plans, with a Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) policy that reimburses up to 80% of prepaid, non-refundable expenses — more than most similar plans on the market.

In addition to trip cancellation, Allianz's popular OneTrip Prime plan includes travel interruption, emergency medical care and emergency transportation. Children 17 and under are covered for free when traveling with a parent or grandparent.

AIG's Travel Guard® plans are great if you need to customize your coverage: The mid-range Travel Guard Preferred plan pays out 100% for trip cancellation and 150% for trip interruption, with up to $50,000 in coverage for medical expenses and up to $500,000 for emergency evacuation. There's even a payout of up to $1,000 if you miss your connection.

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Policy highlights

Travel Guard offers a variety of plans to suit travel ranging from road trips to long cruises. For air travelers, Travel Guard can help assist with tracking baggage or covering lost or delayed baggage.

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If you're booking a trip with an aggregator site like Expedia , review the details of any travel policy that's offered. Plans are usually based on the elements of the trip (hotel, flight, rental car, etc.) and can differ every time you book.

Travel insurance typically costs between 4 and 10% of the overall price tag for your trip. The cost can vary:

  • Plans with higher limits and more optional coverage cost more.
  • A plan with a CFAR benefit can cost up to 40% more.
  • Older travelers typically pay more because there's more of a likelihood of a claim being filed. 

Whichever plan you choose, read the fine print so you understand what you're paying for.

Travel insurance generally covers your expenses, your belongings and your well-being. When shopping for a policy, look for these benefits:

Trip cancellation

If your trip is canceled for a covered reason, a policy will often reimburse airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, tours, cruises and other prepaid, non-refundable expenses. Covered situations can include illness or injury, the death of a family member or traveling companion, job loss, military deployment and even unplanned jury duty, according to Allianz's Daniel Durazo.

Cancellations can also be covered if a natural disaster, severe weather or airline strike prevents your carrier from getting you to your destination for at least 24 hours.

Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) plans provide a lot more flexibility and typically reimburse 50% to 75% of your expenses. But they can bump up the cost by about 40%, said Durazo, and policyholders are still usually required to cancel no later than 48 hours before their scheduled departure. 

Trip delay 

Should you experience a hiccup in your plans, your policy can provide some relief: Food, lodging and local transportation are usually covered if a delay is due to severe weather, airline maintenance or civil unrest.

"For a traveler to be eligible, they must be delayed for the minimum amount of time listed on their policy," Squaremouth spokesperson Megan Moncrief said. "Some policies are very lenient and provide benefits for any length delay, while others list a length requirement — usually somewhere between three to 12 hours."

Daily payout limits range from $150 to $250 per traveler, Moncrief said, while the total policy limit can be anywhere from $500 to $2,000. Save any receipts to submit with your reimbursement claim.

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Trip interruption

Should you need to cut your trip short due to illness or injury, or if there's a family emergency back home, your policy may reimburse non-refundable expenses you forfeited.

It may also cover the cost of a one-way economy airline ticket home.

Baggage loss

Airlines are required to compensate passengers luggage lost in transit, but a travel insurance policy may have a higher benefit limit, and cover you if your bags, passport or other possessions are lost, damaged or stolen once you've gotten to your destination., The Platinum plan from AXA Assistance USA has a $3,000 benefit limit for lost luggage, well beyond the $1,700 that airlines are required to cover on international flights. AXA has offices in more than 50 countries, with multilingual operators available 24 hours a day to help reschedule flights, book hotels and make other arrangements.

AXA Assistance USA Travel Insurance

AXA Assistance USA offers several travel insurance policies that include travel interruption, trip cancellation, and the option of cancel for any reason (CFAR) coverage.

Travel insurance doesn't cover every loss: Cash is not reimbursable and many policies won't reimburse for expensive jewelry or heirloom items. Read your policy carefully to see what is included.

Medical expenses and emergency evacuation

If you travel within the U.S., your health insurance should cover any illness or injury you sustain. If you're traveling abroad, though, your plan may provide little or no coverage. The right travel insurance should cover doctors' fees and hospital bills, Durazo said. 

The provider can also help coordinate care and ensure you're at a medical facility that's up to U.S. standards.

An emergency medical evacuation can be a major expense, costing anywhere from $15,000 to over $200,000, Durazo added.

If you've spent money on nonrefundable airline tickets, tours and hotels, you could be at a loss if something goes awry. Travel insurance covers numerous scenarios, from a medical emergency to a tropical storm. It could be particularly useful if:

  • You've spent a lot on prepaid, non-refundable expenses
  • You're traveling internationally where your health insurance won't apply
  • You're traveling to a remote area
  • Your flight involves multiple connections or destinations

"When deciding if travel insurance is right for you, ask yourself how much you could stand to lose if you had to cancel at the last minute," said Godlin.

If you're not as concerned about risk, your credit card may offer built-in travel protection if you book with that card: Chase Sapphire Preferred® , Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Card and the  *American Express® Gold Card all come with trip cancellation and interruption coverage, among other benefits.

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Policies vary, but most comprehensive travel insurance plans cover travel cancellation and interruption, baggage loss, medical care and emergency transportation.

While the price for coverage varies, most policies cost between 4% and 10% of the trip's prepaid, non-refundable expenses.

When should I get travel insurance?

It's best to take out a policy within days of making your reservations.

Does travel insurance cover COVID-19?

If you contract COVID-19 before or on your trip, it may be covered by your policy's trip cancellation/interruption benefit . You'll likely have to confirm your test results with a diagnosis from a healthcare provider.

Bottom line 

Travel can be a wonderful experience, but it involves a lot of time, planning and money. Missing a single connection can have a cascade effect that impacts your flight, hotel room, dinner reservations and more. A good travel insurance policy can provide peace of mind so you can focus on your vacation.

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If you’re a frequent traveler, annual travel insurance may be something you’ve been considering. Unlike single-trip insurance, annual travel insurance plans can cover you for an entire year, no matter how often you’re on the road.

Let’s look at the best yearly travel insurance companies, why we choose them and the coverage you can expect.

Factors we considered when picking travel insurance companies

We used the following criteria when choosing which companies we thought were best:

Cost . Annual plans can be expensive — depending on the type of coverage you choose — so we wanted ensure that they stayed affordable. 

Types of coverage . Travel insurance for annual travelers can be limited in its coverage. We picked the ones with the broadest range of coverage for possible travel disruptions.

Coverage amounts . Annual trip insurance isn’t worth much if your limits are too low. Instead, we wanted plans with reasonable coverage amounts. 

Customizability . If your travels take you to different places, you’ll want the ability to customize your plan. The best annual travel insurance plans can provide this. 

» Learn more: What does travel insurance cover?

An overview of the best annual travel insurance

We gathered quotes from various travel insurance companies to determine the best annual travel insurance policies. In these examples, we used a year-long trip by a 22-year-old from Alabama. We indicated the main countries of travel as France and Malaysia, and when asked, put the total trip costs at $6,000.

The average cost for an annual travel insurance plan came out to $220. The plans ranged from $138-$386.

Let’s take a closer look at our top recommendations for annual travel insurance.

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1. Allianz Travel

What makes Allianz travel insurance great:

Lower than average cost.

Provides health care and travel insurance benefits.

Includes rental car insurance up to $45,000. 

Here’s a snippet from our Allianz Travel insurance review :

“AllTrips Basic (annual plan) is suitable for those who would like emergency medical coverage while abroad but don't need trip cancellation and interruption benefits. The AllTrips Prime, Executive and Premier plans provide an entire year of comprehensive travel insurance benefits.

The Executive and Premier plans offer various levels of trip cancellation and interruption benefits. The Executive plan is specifically designed for business travelers since it offers protection for business equipment.”

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2. Seven Corners

What makes Seven Corners great:

Offers up to $20,000 for acute coverage of pre-existing conditions. 

Includes up to $1 million for emergency medical evacuation. 

Optional add-on for adventure sport activities.

$0 deductible available. 

Here’s a snippet from our Seven Corners review :

“Seven Corners offers one annual policy called Travel Medical Annual Multi-Trip. The policy can be customized depending on how long you plan to be away from home for any one trip. You can travel as much as you like during the 364 days, so long as any one trip doesn’t exceed the option selected — 30, 45 or 60 days.”

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What makes IMG great:

Good customizability with medical evacuations and sports coverage. 

Low $250 deductible.

Includes coverage for semi-private hospital rooms. 

Here’s a snippet from our IMG review:

“Some policies provide emergency medical evacuation coverage, while others skip this benefit entirely. This benefit may be more important to you if you travel to a remote location or engage in physical activity such as trekking.

More comprehensive plans may include other benefits such as assistance with acquiring a new passport, reimbursing reward mile redeposit fees or coverage for pre-existing conditions. If these are something you’re interested in, be sure to check that your policy includes these options.”

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4. Trawick International

What makes Trawick International great:

100% coverage for trip cancellation and trip interruption. 

Emergency medical evacuation included. 

Trip delay reimbursement coverage. 

Here’s a snippet from our Trawick International review :

“Trawick International is a comprehensive travel insurance provider that offers trip delay and cancellation insurance, baggage delay coverage, medical coverage and medical evacuation, rental car damage protection, and even COVID-19 coverage among its various policies.

Trawick covers trips for worldwide destinations, including for foreign nationals coming to the U.S.”

What does travel insurance cover?

You’ll find a wide variety of coverage types offered by travel insurance policies. This is true whether you're purchasing a single-trip or annual travel insurance plan. Here are some common types you can expect to find:

Accidental death insurance .

Baggage delay and lost luggage insurance .

Cancel for Any Reason insurance .

Emergency evacuation insurance .

Medical insurance .

Rental car insurance .

Trip cancellation insurance .

Trip interruption insurance .

How to choose the best annual travel insurance policy

While we’ve highlighted some of the best annual travel insurance companies, the truth is that the best plan for you isn’t going to be the best plan for someone else. If you’re interested in buying annual travel insurance, you’ll want to collect a variety of quotes to see which policy best fits your needs.

This may mean opting for a plan that covers pre-existing conditions or one that specifically includes high-risk activities. Or, if you’re in a country where health care is notoriously expensive, you may want to choose a policy with higher maximums.

Many credit cards come with complimentary travel insurance .

Whatever the case, do your research first and review all the plan details before making your purchase.

» Learn more: How to find the best travel insurance

If you want to buy annual travel insurance

Annual travel insurance can be a great option if you’re often out of town. With such a wide range of policies available, selecting a plan that fits your needs is easy. We’ve done some of the work for you by choosing the best annual travel insurance companies, all of which made the top of the list for their cost, customizability, types of coverage and plan maximums.

Like any travel insurance policy, the cost of your plan is going to vary. Factors that may affect the cost of your annual travel insurance include your age, where you’re going, how long you’ll be traveling, your policy maximums and whether preexisting conditions are included.

Although not all travel insurance providers offer annual travel insurance, many of them do. We’ve gathered together the five best, including Allianz Travel, World Nomads, Seven Corners, IMG and Trawick International.

How to maximize your rewards

You want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2024 , including those best for:

Flexibility, point transfers and a large bonus: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

No annual fee: Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card

Flat-rate travel rewards: Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card

Bonus travel rewards and high-end perks: Chase Sapphire Reserve®

Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express

Business travelers: Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card

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60,000 Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $900 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Travel℠.

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60,000 Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 when you redeem through Chase Travel℠.

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50,000 Earn 50,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

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The Best Travel Insurance Companies for All Travelers [2024]

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If you travel frequently, chances are you’ve encountered an event that could have been less stressful and less expensive if you’d purchased travel insurance.

Perhaps it was that cruise you booked but couldn’t take due to your broken ankle. Or maybe your flight had a weather delay and were forced to pay for an expensive hotel night, meals, and transportation.

Maybe you made it to your destination without incident — but your luggage never arrived.

Whether you’re escaping for the weekend or planning an around-the-world adventure, travel insurance is worth considering if you would experience financial loss should things go wrong .

But how do you select the right travel insurance company and the appropriate policy for your specific situation?

The vast number of choices can be daunting, but we can help you narrow the options.

In this article we’ll discuss:

  • What travel insurance covers
  • Where and when you should purchase travel insurance
  • The best travel insurance companies for your travel situation
  • Where you should look for current coverage

Let’s explore some of the best travel insurance companies and what to look for when selecting one to purchase your policy with.

Travel insurance is protection you purchase to cover you for the specific types of losses you could experience while traveling.

Types of coverage you can purchase in a travel insurance policy include:

  • Emergency medical care while traveling
  • Evacuation to a hospital should you become injured
  • Costs associated with trip interruption, delay, or cancellation
  • Lost/stolen/damaged luggage
  • You become ill and cannot take a planned trip
  • You need to cancel your trip for any reason

You can purchase a policy that covers an individual trip, multiple trips, or a family policy.  Another choice is an annual policy that covers all of the trips you would take in a 12-month period.

Where & When to Purchase Travel Insurance

You’ll of course want to purchase your travel insurance from a reputable company. Fortunately, all insurance companies are state regulated and rated financially , so it’s easy to select a trusted provider. Here are some tips:

  • Look for ratings on the company’s website — Look for ratings such as A+ on a company’s website, or access their financial rating on sites such as A.M. Best, Moody’s, or Standard and Poors.
  • See if they’re accredited by the Better Business Bureau — BBB accreditation is a real plus, and companies who have it will flaunt it.
  • Look for the word “Insurance” — Travel “protection,” “assurance,” or simply “travel policy” don’t mean the same thing. If the company is not an insurance company, it may not be regulated — and you may not be protected if the company dissolves or decides not to pay your legitimate claim.

Hot Tip: Due to “free look period” regulations that apply to insurance companies, you’ll also have the opportunity to review your policy and reject it if you are not satisfied.

In most cases you can purchase travel insurance up until the day of your departure. However, there are benefits to purchasing a policy earlier:

  • Protection if you get sick and cannot go on your prepaid trip
  • Travel planning and concierge services
  • Coverage for weather cancellations (such as for hurricanes)
  • Default of the travel company

The best plan of action is to purchase your travel insurance as soon as you’ve made your first trip deposit .

Bottom Line: Buy from a regulated insurance company that has a high financial rating and BBB accreditation. Additionally, purchase your policy at least 21 days in advance of your trip to take advantage of pre-departure coverages and benefits.

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Best Travel Insurance Company for the Family (Recommended)

Obtain a family travel insurance quote from most companies, and you’ll be charged for each child added to the policy.

Travelex does things a bit differently and covers children under the age of 18 on the parent’s policy at no additional charge.

As an example, their Travel Select policy for a family of 4 (ages 35, 36, 8, and 10) on a 2-week trip that costs $4,600 quoted a premium of $242.

Primary Coverage includes:

  • Trip cancellation 100% of trip cost
  • Trip interruption 150% of trip cost
  • Trip delay $750 ($250/day)
  • Equipment delay $200
  • Missed connection $750
  • Baggage & personal effects $1,000
  • Baggage delay $200
  • Emergency medical & dental expenses $50,000
  • Emergency evacuation & repatriation $500,000
  • Accidental death & dismemberment $25,000
  • Travel assistance & concierge services

There are plenty of upgrade options available, such as cancel-for-any-reason coverage and additional medical coverage.

Travelex is also backed by A++ rated Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company and accredited by the Better Business Bureau.

Be sure to compare rates between companies to find the best value for the coverage most important to you.

Bottom Line: For family coverage all on 1 policy, comprehensive protection, and good value, Travelex is a solid choice. 

Allianz Annual Plan

Best Travel Insurance Company for the Active Traveler

If you’re the type of traveler who partakes in adventure activities such as white water rafting, scuba diving, or even bungee jumping, there’s one company that stands out above the others.

World Nomads offers comprehensive travel insurance plans that cover a huge variety of over 200 activities — even dangerous ones!

But you don’t have to be a risk-taker to benefit from World Nomads travel insurance .

Any traveler can benefit from their policies, which offer a combination of the coverages travelers need most.

Highlights of World Nomads Travel Insurance

  • You can purchase the insurance from anywhere, before you travel or during your travels
  • Backed by highly rated companies such as  Lloyd’s and Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
  • World travel specialists
  • 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance
  • Single-trip, multiple-trip, and long-term policies are available
  • Best overall coverage for active travelers
  • Standard and comprehensive plans to choose from
  • Policies are available for travelers through age 69

Let’s take a look at a sampling of their travel insurance policies to get an idea of the coverage and cost.

World Nomads offers Standard Plans and more comprehensive Explorer Plans.

This particular policy is an Explorer Plan for a 40-year-old traveling for 6 months to 5 countries. The premium cost came to $814. (The Standard Plan with lower coverage limits was $567.)

World Nomads plan

Let’s take a look at a shorter term policy for a 35-year-old traveling to 5 countries over a 1-month period. The cost for this policy is $133 for the Standard  Plan and $236 for the Explorer Plan.

World Nomads Medical

Your World Nomads travel insurance policy covers you once you’re more than 100 miles from home , so their policies are great for domestic travel too.

If you want a comprehensive travel insurance policy with all the coverage you would need when traveling, World Nomads is a good choice.

You must be under age 70 to purchase travel insurance from World Nomads, and they do not cover pre-existing conditions .

For travelers age 70 and up, World Nomads partners with Silver Nomads to provide coverage through  TripAssure .

To secure a quote now for travel insurance, visit the World Nomads website .

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Best for Purchasing an Affordable Annual Travel Insurance Plan

If you’re taking 3 or more trips a year, an annual travel insurance policy could save you money.

An annual policy also has the added benefit of insuring trips you haven’t even booked yet!

Consider including travel insurance provider Allianz when comparing policies if you’re looking for coverage for multiple trips during a 12-month period.

Allianz was voted best travel insurance provider by Travel Weekly for 2018 , but that’s just one of the 12+ awards this company won during the year.

After reviewing several companies and policies, I purchased my annual travel insurance policy from Allianz because it was the right mix of price and coverage for my travel schedule.

In addition to the coverage listed in the above example, these annual plans include baggage loss/damage, travel delay , and car rental coverage.

Allianz Coverage

To determine if an annual travel policy is better for you, simply price each planned trip separately and compare the cost and coverage to the annual policy .

Allianz also offers affordable travel insurance plans for families.

Hot Tip: An annual travel insurance policy with Allianz has the added benefit of covering trips you haven’t yet booked! Any trips 45 days or less in length are covered.

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Best for Medical Insurance While Traveling

If you have current medical insurance that will not cover you while traveling, the type of medical travel insurance policy you purchase will be different than if you do not have current medical insurance.

Fortunately, medical travel insurance coverage is available in either scenario.

If you have current medical insurance , you can affordably supplement it with a GeoBlue medical travel insurance plan and have coverage worldwide.

For those who don’t have current medical insurance , one option is to purchase a comprehensive plan that includes medical, such as Exact Care Plus policies with Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection.

This example is for an annual comprehensive travel insurance policy for a 35-year-old (costing $292).

In addition to primary medical insurance of $50,000 and evacuation/repatriation insurance of $500,000, you’ll receive these coverages:

  • Trip cancellation – 100% of trip cost
  • Trip interruption – 150% of trip cost
  • Trip delay – $1000
  • Missed connection – $100
  • Tarmac delay – $1,000
  • Flight departure delay – $50
  • Lost baggage – $500
  • Delayed baggage – $150

Terms and conditions apply, and the price will vary depending on the cost of the trip, destinations, age of traveler, and coverage selected.

Hot Tip: You may be able to secure an annual comprehensive travel insurance plan that includes primary medical coverage for not much more than just an annual medical travel insurance plan. 

Best for Medical Evacuation Coverage

According to Medjet, over 2 million travelers each year need medical evacuation. Unfortunately, emergency medical evacuations can run between $30,000 and $150,000!

Backed by Lloyd’s of London, A + rated, and BBB accredited, Medjet is the premier provider of emergency evacuation services.

Medjet is not insurance — it is a membership that assures you’ll have medical transport when you need it, even in remote areas.

Short term membership starts at $99, while annual membership is $295.

Coverage includes worldwide medical transport and associated services.

Additional coverage is available for terrorism evacuation, kidnap for ransom, disappearance, wrongful detention, and blackmail/extortion.

Best Travel Insurance Companies for Special Situations

Are you current or former military, a senior traveler, disabled, or simply want to make sure you have insurance when traveling with your pet?

Fortunately, specialty travel insurance is widely available to everyone.

Military members have unique circumstances when it comes to travel insurance, such as redeployment and other situations specific to military service.

USAA members receive extra protection and exclusive rates on travel insurance policies. Current military, their families, and former military can qualify.

Additionally, children are included on most plans for no extra charge .

Here’s what these plans generally include:

  • Lost or delayed baggage
  • Trip cancellation or interruption
  • Trip interruption/cancellation even due to illness
  • Medical coverage
  • Weather interruptions to your trip
  • Emergency evacuation and assistance

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  • World Nomad  partner  TripAssure  offers travel insurance for those 70 years old and above.
  • GeoBlue issues medical insurance travel plans up to age 84.
  • Allianz and Berkshire Hathaway offer policies up to 99 years of age!
  • Allianz Global Assistance (recommended by Wheelchair offers policies for those with disabilities or special needs at standard prices.
  • Travelex’s Travel Max Policy  – $1000 for emergency pet medical treatment. If you are unable to take care of your pet due to hospitalization while traveling, there is coverage of up to $10,000 to transport your pet back home.

If you want to compare travel insurance companies and individual policies, a comparison tool can do just that.

Here are 4 of the most popular comparison sites, all of which offer dozens of policies from scores of travel insurance companies:

  • Squaremouth
  • InsureMyTrip
  • Travel

Comparison sites do not list every travel insurance company , but they can help narrow your choices and get an idea of pricing and coverage.

Note that some sites are limited to single-trip policy searches and don’t allow you to search for annual travel insurance policies.

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Coordinating Travel Insurance With Current Coverage

You may currently have some form of travel insurance and not realize it, so check for current coverage if you have any of these resources.

Credit cards can provide a multitude of travel benefits. One of the best credit cards for travel benefits include the Chase Sapphire Preferred :

  • Domestic and worldwide car rental insurance
  • Trip delay , cancellation , and interruption protection
  • Lost/delayed baggage protection
  • Roadside assistance
  • Travel and emergency assistance
  • Travel accident insurance
  • Cell phone protection

It’s worth noting that to receive credit card travel benefits, you must pay for your trip with your qualifying credit card .

Some credit cards grant coverage when paying partially, but some require the entire purchase be paid with the card (or rewards points from the card).

Hot Tip: To find out which credit cards offer protection , we put together a comprehensive overview of credit cards and the associated travel benefits.

While many health insurance plans limit coverage outside of the United States, you may find travel coverage within your plan that can be quite significant.

For example,  Unum  is one of the most common group insurance companies offering employers travel insurance for their employees through  Assist America .

You may find these types of protection included:

  • Emergency medical evacuation
  • Prescription replacement assistance
  • Transportation for a friend or family member to join a hospitalized patient
  • Care and transport of unattended minor children
  • Hospital and English-speaking medical provider referrals
  • Legal and interpreter referrals
  • Passport replacement assistance

Bottom Line: It’s important to know if your current health insurance plan will cover you when traveling. You may find unexpected coverage or some gaps in coverage, and be able to supplement your plan with a travel insurance policy prior to your trip. 

Certain club memberships offer benefits that can include various levels of travel insurance coverage:

  • Divers Alert Network — Emergency evacuation insurance, even when traveling for non-diving activities
  • Family Motor Coach Association — Discounted worldwide travel assistance
  • Gold Wing Road Riders Association — Free emergency towing and roadside assistance for motorcycles
  • American Motorcycle Association — Emergency towing and roadside assistance coverage for motorcycles, cars, trucks, trailers, and RVs
  • American Alpine Club — Search and rescue for any land-based activity worldwide up to $7,500

Hot Tip: Divers Alert Network provides up to $100,000 in emergency evacuation insurance for members, even during non-diving activities. The cost to be a member is only $35 annually. 

Only in rare circumstances does Medicare extend coverage outside of the U.S.

Supplemental plans you purchase over and above your plan A and B Medicare, however, can pay 80% of medical emergency care outside the U.S. after a $250 deductible.

Coverage is valid for the first 60 days you’re traveling and has a $50,000 lifetime cap.

BOTTOM LINE: Benefits offered with credit cards, club memberships, employer-sponsored health plans, and Medicare do not match the protection you’ll receive with a comprehensive travel insurance policy. However, knowing what you have currently can help you avoid paying for duplicate coverage. 

Insurance serves the purpose of protecting us from great financial loss. For this reason, it is wise to purchase travel insurance for any trip that includes the potential to lose money if things go wrong.

Travel insurance also delivers peace of mind. Even if we never use the insurance, it is one less worry knowing we’ll be compensated if an incident occurs.

Fortunately, travel insurance is broadly available and also affordable. And there are so many choices!

Be sure to purchase your travel insurance policy from an actual regulated insurance company for an extra level of protection.

Our selections in this article were limited to strong financially rated companies, those that provided ease in getting a quote, and those that offered an understandable overview of coverages.

To learn more about travel insurance and assistance in finding a policy that fits your travel needs, access our ultimate guide to buying the best travel insurance .

All information and content provided by Upgraded Points is intended as general information and for educational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as medical advice or legal advice. For more information, see our  Medical & Legal Disclaimers .

Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the best travel insurance company.

The best travel insurance company is the one that offers a policy that fits a combination of your budget and your travel needs.

The insurance company should be highly rated financially and ideally be certified with the Better Business Bureau.

You should also make sure that the policy you purchase is from an actual insurance company.

Insurance companies are state regulated and must adhere to rules and regulations. This extra level of protection can help if the company should go out of business or not pay your legitimate claim.

As always, it’s good to compare coverage and price to find the best combination for your situation.

Does travel insurance cover medical expenses?

Yes, you can purchase a travel insurance policy that includes medical insurance, or you can purchase one that has only medical insurance coverage.

There are plans that require you to have current medical insurance. These plans are called secondary plans, and they pay incurred medical costs over and above what your current policy pays.

There are also plans that are primary plans, which pay regardless of whether you have other medical insurance. If you do not have current medical insurance, you will want a primary medical travel insurance policy.

Do credit cards have travel insurance?

Credit cards offer limited travel insurance. You won’t find medical coverage, emergency evacuation insurance, or coverage if you need to cancel your trip due to an illness.

Credit cards can offer a trip interruption benefit, coverage for lost baggage, and even rental car coverage.

However, the coverage that comes complimentary on your credit card does not come close to the protection you receive with a comprehensive travel insurance policy.

It is good to know the current coverage offered on your credit card, however, so that you don’t purchase duplicate coverage.

Is there travel insurance that covers multiple trips?

Yes, you can purchase a travel insurance policy that covers a single trip, multiple trips, or an annual insurance policy that covers all the trips you would take in a 12-month period.

If you plan to take more than 2 or 3 trips a year, you should look into an annual travel insurance policy.

Price out what it would cost for separate policies for the trips you have planned, then price out an annual plan to compare the difference in cost.

You will also want to compare coverage and coverage limits.

One advantage to an annual travel insurance policy is that it will cover trips you may book in the future as long as they fall into the 12-month policy term.

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Australians are well-known for their love of travel, with many of us eager to make up for years spent in lockdown with epic European vacations, winter breaks in Bali, or luxury cruises.

In fact, data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) revealed that travel activity in December 2022 was at the same level as February 2019, before lockdowns and Covid restrictions, and this trend has continued at this pace for much of 2023 and the beginning of 2024. Most recently, the ABS recorded some 1.3 million departures in January, an increase of 294,990 compared with January of 2023.

The ABS also noted that the number of trips for January 2024 was at the pre-Covid level in January 2019, and that travel across the ditch remains popular, with New Zealand still the leading destination for Australians returning from a short-term trip overseas (13%).

Key to peace of mind when travelling is adequate insurance, and it’s also paramount to find an insurance provider who will cover not only Covid-19 related claims, such as being diagnosed with Covid-19 while travelling or cancellations and delays due to Covid-19, but all of the other potential mishaps that could go wrong while overseas—whether it be missing a connecting flight, falling ill, event cancellation, theft or luggage going missing. Alarmingly, a recent study by Smartraveller and Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) found that one in six Australians are still travelling overseas without travel insurance, with younger travellers, those from lower-income households, and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds all more likely to travel without insurance.

To help Australians find the best option suitable for their needs, Forbes Advisor combed through the leading players to determine our pick of the best comprehensive travel insurance providers for those looking to travel overseas in 2024 and beyond. All insurers’ pds details have been fact-checked and are current as of March 2024.

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Our Pick of the Best Comprehensive Travel Insurance Providers 2024

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  • Fast Cover (Comprehensive)
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Travel Insurance Direct (Comprehensive)

Unlimited, with a $1000 limit to dental

Despite the WHO declaring the pandemic over, Covid continues to interrupt our travel plans, and compared with other policies, Travel Insurance Direct offers very thorough Covid-19 cover, including both medical expenses and trip cancellations. Furthermore, some 43 medical conditions are automatically covered, however, additional conditions are not considered.

Where the policy really stands out is in its coverage of a broad range of 93 activities, with travellers able to add on extra coverage for certain higher-risk activities, such as snow sports. Plus, there are more than 2,500 reviews of the policy on Product Review, with an average of 4.2 stars.

  • 93 sports and activities are automatically covered
  • Lost luggage coverage up to $12,000, with the ability to increase item limits
  • Online discounts are only available for multiple policies or group policies
  • Certain pre-existing medical conditions cannot be covered

Yes, overseas medical expenses related to Covid-19 are included in the unlimited medical cover, as well as additional travel expenses up to $2,500.

Cancellations due to Covid-19 are covered for you and travelling party.

Allianz (Comprehensive)

Unlimited, including dental

$2,000 is included, with the option to increase at a higher premium

Allianz has a generous medical policy, and unlike many competitors, includes unlimited coverage for both hospital and dental. The top-tier policy also covers pre-existing medical conditions, however, assessments are required and conditions need to be met. Some 38 activities are included and listed in the PDS, and there is no age limit to coverage.

There’s also the option to increase certain limits (luggage, cancellations, etc) for higher levels of coverage depending on the individual traveller’s needs.

  • All ages are covered
  • Dental is included in unlimited medical expenses
  • Personal liability cover does not include additional activity packs, such as snow.
  • No cover for missed connecting flights

Yes, Covid-19 is covered under medical expenses.

Cancellations due to Covid-19 are covered if the cancellation is due to a government-enforced border closure or due to the policy holder having to complete a quarantine due to Covid-19. As this is less of an issue these days, this policy feature is likely to be less important to travellers.

Bupa Travel Insurance (Comprehensive)

Bupa travel insurance is underwritten by Allianz, and its comprehensive travel insurance policy is almost identical to Allianz’s branded offering.

Along with unlimited medical, hospital and dental cover, Bupa offers 24/7 emergency assistance with Australian-based doctors and nurses available. As with Allianz, credit card fraud is covered up to $5,000 and lost luggage tops out at $10,000 (sub-limits apply). It’s worth noting, however, that Bupa scores slightly lower on Product Review—an average of 3.9 stars compared to Allianz’s 4.

  • 15% discount for Bupa health insurance policy holders
  • All pre-existing conditions need to be assessed to determine if they will be covered
  • Reviews state lengthy waits for claim payments

Cancellations due to Covid-19 are covered if the cancellation is due to a government-enforced border closure or due to the policy holder having to complete a quarantine. As this is less of an issue these days, this policy feature may not be as important to travellers.

InsureandGo (Comprehensive)

Unlimited, with a $500 limit to dental

InsureandGo is an ideal choice for families, with 90 activities included and the option to add additional extras, such as snow cover. Children are covered up to the age of 18 if they are travelling with parents or grandparents, and the maximum age for a policy-holder is 100 years old—although if you’re heading on a cruise the maximum age is 79.

Lost luggage is covered up to $15,000—sub limits apply—and there is unlimited cancellation cover.

The company’s comprehensive offering, known as Gold, was rated an average of 4 stars from more than 6,000 reviews.

  • Regular discounts with promo codes on Facebook page
  • Coverage up to 100 years
  • No credit card fraud coverage
  • Dental tops out at $500

Yes, overseas medical expenses related to Covid-19 are covered, as are cancellations for the policy holder and their travelling companions

insure4less (Comprehensive)

Yes, up to $7500 per person

Insure4less offers policyholders coverage for a wide range of activities—more than 120 are listed in PDS—while additional, high-risk sports can also be added. The comprehensive policy, known as Excel Plus, covers medical expenses of Covid-19, along with any additional expenses required for you to return early to Australia if necessary.

It also covers lost luggage up to $5,000 (sub limits apply), cancellations up to $7,500 per person, connecting flights up to $1,000 and personal liability up to $7.5 million—the latter of which is at the higher end of what is generally offered. Coverage for pre-existing medical conditions are subject to the completion of an online medical questionnaire.

Read more:  insure4less Review: Pros and Cons

  • More than 100 activities are included in the policy, with the option to add on additional cover for other high-risk activities such as snow cover for snowboarding and skiing
  • Unlimited medical
  • Luggage only covered up to $5,000

Mostly. Overseas medical expenses related to covid-19 are covered, as well as additional expenses for you to return early due to Covid if necessary. However, cancellations due to Covid are not covered.

Cover-More Travel Insurance (Comprehensive)

Cover-More’s travel insurance not only covers Covid-19 medical expenses overseas, but also provides $2,500 for additional related expenses. Lost luggage is also covered up to $15,000, as are dependent children up to 21 provided they are financially dependent and not in full-time employment.

Travellers up to 99 years of age can travel on the Cover-More policy, however senior travellers must meet certain criteria.

Despite these stand-out features, what prevented us from giving Cover-More a higher score was its negative reviews: it scored an average of 3.3 stars out of almost 3,000 reviews on Product Review. (Forbes Advisor pays little attention to reviews when there are fewer than 100, and always takes into account that reviews tend to skew negative).

  • Pregnancy is automatically covered for single-child pregnancy
  • $3,000 for connecting flights
  • Senior travellers need to meet acceptance criteria
  • No online discounts

Mostly. Covid-19 related medical expenses are covered, with additional expenses up to $2,500.

There is up to $5,000 for cancellations related to Covid-19, but only on the Comprehensive Plus policy.

1Cover (Comprehensive)

Unlimited, but dependent on conditions

From more than 4500 reviews on Product Review, 1Cover has received an average rating of 4.3 stars by consumers.

The comprehensive policy covers more than 100 sports and activities, and includes the option to add additional packs for high-risk activities. The rest of the policy can also be personalised, allowing policyholders to add or increase cover to suit the traveller’s habits

Credit card fraud is covered up to $5,000, as is disruption of journey when the delay is for more than six hours.

  • Flexibility to add and increase cover to suit individual travellers
  • Pregnancy cover up to week 24 of the pregnancy
  • Travellers over the age of 80 incur a $3,000 excess
  • Dental limited to $1,000.

Partially. Medical expenses for Covid-19 are covered, but cancellations are not.

Unlimited, with a $1,000 limit to dental

Unlimited, but cancellation fees capped at $1,500 via travel agent

FastCover offers unlimited cover for both medical expenses and cancellations, however, it does require certain conditions to be met and has limits on specific claims. Some 43 conditions are covered provided the traveller meets the criteria.

While the policy offers good Covid-19 coverage, including listing Covid-19 as a medical expense and including it as a reason for cancellation, dental is capped at $1,000. Furthermore, lower coverage applies to travellers over the age of 80 and if you booked through a travel agent, cancellation cover tops out at $1,500.

Read more:   Fast Cover Review: Features, Pros and Cons

  • Discounts available for more than one person
  • 43 pre-existing conditions are automatically covered
  • Some limitations on flight cancellation cover
  • Lower coverage amounts for senior travellers

Yes, overseas medical expenses due to Covid-19 are covered, as are cancellations for those named on the insurance certificate.

Qantas Travel Insurance (Comprehensive)

Qantas Comprehensive Travel Insurance offers unlimited medical expenses, including coverage for Covid-19 diagnoses. It also automatically covers 43 pre-existing medical conditions (pending certain criteria), but requires a medical assessment, in the form of an online form, for any conditions not listed.

There is unlimited cover for cancellations and missed connections, as well as coverage for emergency dental for acute pain of up to $2,500.  Note: the standard comprehensive policy is for those aged up to 69; there is a seperate policy for 70+ years.

Related: Our pick of the best travel insurance for seniors .

  • Lost luggage covered up to $15,000
  • Good Covid-19 cover
  • Some poor reviews albeit from a small number (257)
  • Fraudulent credit card activity is not covered

Yes, overseas medical expenses includes if you are diagnosed with Covid-19. Cancellations due to a positive Covid-19 diagnosis are also covered, as well as ‘reasonable’ additional expenses (such as if you are required to quarantine).

Australia Post (Comprehensive)

Australia Post’s Comprehensive Travel Insurance offers coverage for credit card fraud of up to $5,000, lost luggage insurance up to $12,000 (sub-limits apply on certain items) and no age limit on policies. There is unlimited emergency medical, which we would expect for a comprehensive policy, with a $2,000 limit for dental, which is also pretty good. There is no cover specifically for missed connections but there is cover for travel delay up to $2,000

However, cruises of more than two nights will not be covered and need to be added as an additional pack to the policy.

  • No age limit
  • Cover for travel delays pending certain conditions
  • Need to purchase an additional cruise pack if going on a cruise of longer than two nights
  • Only 15 activities included, with additional packs required to be purchased for snow sports and motorcycling

Partially. Covid-19 related medical expenses and additional expenses are are covered, but an additional excess applies. Cancellations due to Covid-19 are not covered, and there is no cover for claims arising from Covid-19 while travelling on a cruise.

To find our list of the top travel insurance providers, we performed an in-depth analysis of more than 30 of the most popular local travel insurance providers. This included an evaluation of their current product ratings online and reviews from previous customers; a comparison of necessary offerings; and in-depth research into their individual product disclosure statements (PDS).

Through the analysis, the following coverage offerings and conditions were compared:

  • Underwriter: an underwriter is the company which evaluates an applicant’s claim for approval and payment, and therefore should always be a reputable company;
  • The average product review rating: found via Australia’s independent consumer review site, Product Review, where policyholders rate their experience with the specific travel provider;
  • Conditions of age: including whether there is a maximum age cut-off to take out the policy, or whether children up to a certain age can be included with the main policy holder;
  • Coverage of personal liability, credit card fraud, car hire excess and lost luggage: including any additional fees, conditions, and value limits;
  • Medical cover, including dental, pregnancy and Covid-19: specifying what is included in the medical cover, any excess limits for dental, what weeks of pregnancy are covered (if any), and whether Covid-19 is included as a medical claim;
  • Whether cancellations, delays or connecting flights were covered: including whether cancellations due to COVID-19 are claimable and any conditions with travel delay coverage or connecting flights;
  • The inclusion of pre-existing medical conditions: from how many pre-existing medical conditions are included to whether there are conditions that need to be met, and any medication conditions that are automatically excluded;
  • The inclusion of sports and activities: how many sports and activities were included in the policy; any sports and activities that are not covered; the availability of additional packages to cover certain sports and activities (such as winter sports or cruises);
  • Emergency assistance and customer service: the availability of assistance and the level of customer service provided to a policyholder; and
  • Discounts: whether there were any online discounts available from the provider.

In all, there were 19 different variables we compared and considered to find the overall ranking of each comprehensive travel insurance provider. Rankings were then made between 1-5, with the leading providers–all ranked 3 and above–included in the best-of list.

You will note that we did not evaluate policies on the metric of price: this is because the cost of travel insurance is highly dependent on the circumstances, health, age and destination of the person travelling.

A Note on Star Rankings

You will note that we have included a star rating next to each product or provider. This rating was determined by the editorial team once all of the data points above were considered, and the pros and cons of each product attribute was reviewed. The star rating is solely the view of Forbes Advisor editorial staff. Commercial partners or advertisers have no bearing on the star rating or their inclusion on this list. Star ratings are only one factor to be considered, and Forbes Advisor encourages you to seek independent advice from an authorised financial adviser in relation to your own financial circumstances and investments before you decide to choose a particular financial product or service.

The rules surrounding travel are ever-changing as the Covid-19 pandemic continues. At the time of writing, you do not need to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test to meet Australia’s travel requirements, nor do you need proof of a Covid-19 vaccination to travel to and from Australia.

Masks are also no longer necessary on international flights. However, as per the Australian government’s health and aged care department, Australians are still encouraged to consider wearing a mask to reduce potential risk.

The rules and regulations surrounding Covid-19 travel overseas vary by country and region. Before you travel, be sure to check your destination country’s local public health orders for Covid-19 vaccination requirements, and to see if there are any isolation or quarantine orders to abide by upon your arrival.

You can check the government’s Smartraveller Destination guide to find the latest updates for your destination, along with the Australian government’s advice for travelling to that destination.

The advice levels are: exercise normal safety precautions; exercise a high degree of caution; reconsider your need to travel; and do not travel. Smartraveller explains the level of advice in attribution to each destination and the reason for such, which could include terrorist threats, high levels of violent crime, security risks and/or health measures.

If you have, or have had, a medical condition, you may need to ensure your travel insurance has specialist coverage for pre-existing medical conditions. The same applies if you are recovering from serious injury.

Most Australian travel insurance providers do include a wide range of pre-existing medical conditions in their policies, such as cancer, heart problems, respiratory ailments, Crohn’s disease and diabetes. They can also include more common complaints such as asthma and hay-fever, as well as Covid-19.

For pre-existing medical conditions that aren’t automatically included, you may need to purchase extra coverage. To find out whether your condition is listed on the policy, you will need to read the travel insurance provider’s product disclosure statement. If your condition is not automatically included, it may still be covered upon meeting certain conditions or by undertaking a medical assessment.

Some conditions may never be covered by some providers and are excluded, even pending a medical assessment. Most often, these are pre-existing medical conditions that are the result of alcohol or drug dependency.

When comparing travel insurance providers, you’ll see many different policy types and therefore need to consider which best suits your needs. These policy types include:

  • Single cover: cover for an individual traveller
  • Family cover
  • Single trip: providing cover for one trip, for a specific destination over a fixed time
  • Annual multi-trip: designed for those planning to take more than two holidays or business trips a year to multiple destinations.
  • Worldwide: allowing you to travel to destinations across the globe, however certain high-risk areas or those that are expensive for medical cover may not be included

There are often ‘packs’ or ‘additional extras’ that can be added on to these standard policy types, to include specific activities or travel types. This includes cruise coverage, designed to provide cover for the activities and risks associated with cruise holidays; winter sports packs, designed to provide cover if you plan to take part in high-risk activities, such as skiing and snowboarding; or backpacker coverage, which covers individuals on longer trips overseas that may span numerous countries.

Those over 55 years old need to ensure the travel provider and insurance policy they choose includes their age. Some policies have a maximum age cut off, while others do not. Meanwhile, some policies may include all ages, but incur a higher premium for those aged over specific cut offs.

Seniors should also consider the level of cover provided for medical and hospital expenses. While accidents and illnesses can happen at any age, it is a fact of life that seniors are more susceptible.

When taking out an insurance policy–at any age–it is essential that you read the insurance provider’s PDS and ask to clarify any questions that you have, so that you can ensure you are covered in the way you expect to be if a claim does arise. You can read more in our pick of the best travel insurance for seniors.

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What does most travel insurance cover?

When searching for travel insurance, it’s important to find a policy that suits your individual needs. Ideally a travel insurance policy will include medical cover, lost luggage cover, and other emergencies or accidents that may occur while you are overseas.

Insurance providers may have different limits or higher excess required for certain coverage, so it’s essential that you read the product disclosure statement before taking out a policy.

Which is the best travel insurance for over 70s?

Travel insurances often have a maximum age that they are willing to cover, largely due to the high-risk of elderly individuals. These cut-off ages vary by policy provider, and through our analysis, we found the providers that offered travel insurance for over 70s that was also highly regarded in other factors were Australia Post, Allianz, and InsureandGo. You can read more in our pick of the best travel insurance providers for seniors .

Which is the best travel insurance for Covid-19?

According to our analysis, the best Australian travel insurance with COVID-19 cover is Cover-More’s Comprehensive Travel Insurance Plan. The policy covers Covid-19- related medical expenses as included in its unlimited medical expenses cover, additional expenses up to $2500, and up to $5000 for cancellations related to Covid-19. Of course, this is a guide only, and we did not analyse all of the providers on the market, so you may find another Covid policy that is better suited to your needs.

Who is the best company for travel insurance?

It’s important to remember that rather than one travel insurance company being better than the other, you need to find the perfect match for you: if you’re over 65, then you will want a company that caters to seniors, if you are an adrenaline junky then you will want a company that offers generous activity coverage. In our analysis the following companies scored above-average ratings:

Is it worth buying travel insurance at the moment?

It’s always worth buying travel insurance, even if you don’t intend on undertaking any extreme sports or risky activities. Travel insurance will protect you if your flight is delayed or cancelled, you experience a medical emergency overseas or you lose your belongings. With so many providers on the market these days, competition is fierce so you can find reasonably priced travel insurance for as little as $2 a day in some cases.

The Department of Foreign Affairs Trade (DFAT) and Insurance Council of Australia’s (ICA) joint Travel Insurance Survey of 2023 found that one in six Australians were not covered by insurance on their most recent trip. The most common reason given for travelling without insurance was “travelling somewhere I knew I’d be safe” (29%), followed by “I wasn’t sure if it was needed” (27%) and “I just didn’t think of it” (25%).

What doesn't travel insurance cover?

Each policy is different so make sure that you read the product disclosure statement to determine whether you’re covered for Covid-related incidents or delays. As a general rule, however, you won’t be covered for mental health emergencies overseas or for incidents that occur when you are under the influence of drugs or heavy intoxication.

Is Allianz good travel insurance?

In our assessment, we found Allianz to have many positive features as a travel insurance provider, not least of which is the generous unlimited medical and dental in its comprehensive offer. While the company covers travellers for lost luggage, there is no cover for missed connecting flights.

Is Bupa good for travel insurance?

In our Forbes Advisor Australia assessment, Bupa’s comprehensive travel insurance is a solid choice. It is underwritten by Allianz, so its comprehensive travel insurance policy is almost identical to Allianz’s branded offering.

Along with unlimited medical, hospital and dental cover, Bupa offers 24/7 emergency assistance with Australian-based doctors and nurses.

How many days before should you buy travel insurance?

You should buy travel insurance as soon as you purchase your tickets, that way you are covered if your trip is cancelled. While there is cover available once you have left Australia, it is much more limiting than had you purchased insurance beforehand.

Sophie Venz is an experienced editor and features reporter, and has previously worked in the small business and start-up reporting space. Previously the Associate Editor of SmartCompany site, Sophie has worked closely with finance experts and columnists around Australia and internationally. Sophie grew up on the Gold Coast and now lives in Melbourne.

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Travel insurance is a type of insurance covering financial losses associated with traveling, and it can be useful protection for domestic or international travel. Whether you missed your flight to Florida, lost your bags in Berlin, or broke your ankle in Ankara, the best travel insurance companies can help remedy all kinds of travel mishap costs.

Key Takeaways

  • Travel insurance can be purchased online, from your tour operator, or from other sources.
  • The main categories of travel insurance include trip cancellation or interruption coverage, baggage and personal effects coverage, rental property and rental car coverage, medical coverage, and accidental death coverage.
  • Coverage often includes 24/7 emergency services, such as replacing lost passports, cash wire assistance, and rebooking canceled flights. 
  • It's important to understand what's covered and what's not, and any limitations on coverage amounts and coverage requirements.

Travel insurance helps cover financial losses associated with surprise circumstances that could ruin a trip, including illness, injury, accidents, flight or other transportation delays, and other issues. This insurance costs 4% to 10% of a trip's price. So, for a $10,000 trip, trip insurance could cost between $400 and $1,000.

Premiums—or the price you pay for coverage—are based on the coverage type, your age, destination, trip cost, and more. Specialized policy riders focus on the needs of business travelers, athletes, and expatriates .

You may already have travel insurance coverage from your homeowners or renters insurance or your credit cards. Call your insurance agent to find out about your current travel coverage, and your credit card company to find out about any benefits you get when you purchase air or train tickets, rent a car, or book a hotel using the card. Many travel rewards cards come with built-in travel insurance and other travel benefits.

Travel insurance may be sold online by travel agents, travel suppliers (airlines, cruise lines), private insurance companies, or insurance brokers when booking your flight, accommodations, or car.  Travel insurance companies include AIG Travel, Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection, Generali Global Assistance, GeoBlue, Nationwide, and more.

Typically, you'll purchase coverage shortly after initial bookings for lodging, flights, or other transportation, activities, and rental cars. Some policies may require you to do so to retain full coverage. Here are some terms to know for travel insurance.

Primary and Secondary Coverage

If you buy travel insurance, you may have concurrent insurance coverage , meaning you're covered under more than one policy. When the travel coverage is primary, the travel insurance reimburses you first without needing to make a claim through another company—and sparing you potentially increased policy rates.

If the travel insurance coverage is secondary, you'll first need to attempt to file a claim with other coverage, such as an airline (lost baggage) or your own auto insurance (damaged car).

Coverage Requirements

There are usually stipulations spelled out on how you qualify for coverage. Your claim must fall under the types of coverage offered. For example, lost baggage insurance might include coverage for personal items, prescriptions, credit cards, and your passport or visa. You may also need to take extra steps to qualify for coverage, such as reporting the loss or theft to the police.

Policy Coverage Limits

This is the maximum amount you can receive for the claim. For example, you might only receive $500 per bag. You may not even receive more for expensive items such as jewelry or electronic devices. You might need to provide receipts for items over a certain amount. Without receipts, the insurer may only pay for repairs.

Some coverage might require you to pay a deductible, or flat amount, before covering the remainder of your claim up to the limit.

These are the conditions under which your coverage will not cover the loss. Each policy differs. For example, your baggage damage coverage may not cover losses caused by animals. It may exclude coverage of bicycles, hearing aids or other medical devices, keys, and tickets, or seizure by a government or customs official.

Pre-existing conditions may not be covered by travel medical insurance, or may only be covered if you buy a travel insurance plan within one to two weeks of booking your trip.

Comprehensive travel insurance includes many types of coverage listed below, bundled into one plan. Most commonly, comprehensive travel insurance bundles a 24-hour assistance line to help find doctors or get assistance in an emergency, reimburse you for trip cancellation , interruption and delay, baggage loss or delay, and medical expense and medical evacuation coverage.

Alternatively, you can purchase each coverage type separately. This may be wise if you already have coverage through other insurance or can cover your losses in many cases.

Trip Cancellation or Interruption Coverage

This insurance reimburses a traveler for some or all prepaid, nonrefundable travel expenses, and comes in the following forms:

  • Trip cancellation : Reimburses you for paid travel expenses if you can't travel for a preapproved reason.
  • Travel delay : Reimburses you for expenses if you can't travel because of a delay.
  • Trip interruption : Reimburses you for travel costs if your trip is cut short.
  • Cancel for any reason (CFAR) : Reimburses you for a portion of costs if you cancel the trip for any reason; typically more expensive than the other types listed above.

With most of the above, acceptable cancellation and interruption causes and reimbursement amounts vary by provider. Acceptable reasons for a claim might include the following:  

  • Your illness
  • Illness or death in your immediate family
  • Sudden business conflicts
  • Weather-related issues
  • Legal obligations such as jury duty

You may need to pay more or meet more requirements to file a claim for a cancellation due to financial default, terrorism in your destination city, or work reasons.

When traveling, register your travel plans with the State Department through its free  travel registration website , the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). The nearest embassy or consulate can contact you if there is a family, state, or national emergency.

Baggage and personal belongings being lost, stolen, or damaged is a frequent travel problem—and can quickly ruin a trip as you must shop for replacements. Baggage and personal effects coverage protects lost, stolen, or damaged belongings during travel to, in, and from a destination.

However, many travel insurance policies pay for belongings only after you exhaust all other available claims. Baggage coverage may have many restrictions and exclusions, such as only covering up to $500 per item and $250 for each additional item. You may be able to increase or decrease amounts, shop around for coverage, or increase limits by paying more.

For example, the insurance may not pay for lost and damaged luggage due to airline fault. Most carriers, such as airlines, reimburse travelers if baggage is lost or destroyed due to the airline's error. However, there may be limitations on reimbursement amounts, so baggage and personal effects coverage provide an additional layer of protection.

Vacation rental insurance covers costs from accidental damage to a vacation rental property. Some plans also offer trip cancellation and interruption to help reimburse costs when you can't use your vacation rental. Some of these reasons could include the following:

  • Lost or stolen keys
  • Unsanitary or unsafe vacation property
  • Vacation rental wasn't as advertised
  • The company oversold your vacation rental

Rental car insurance covers a rental car's damage or loss while on a trip, taking the place of the rental agency's collision damage waiver (CDW) or your regular car insurance policy. Policies vary and may cover collisions, theft, vandalism, and other incidents. Rental car insurance may be a secondary policy to your own car insurance. However, it doesn't cover your liability or legal responsibility for damage or injury you cause to others.

Medical coverage can help with unexpected international medical and dental expenses, and help with locating doctors and healthcare facilities abroad. As with other policies, coverage will vary by price and provider.

  • Foreign travel medical coverage : These policies range from five days to one year or longer, and cover costs arising from illness and injuries while traveling.
  • Medical evacuation: May cover airlift travel to a medical facility and medical evacuation to receive care.

Consult with your current medical insurers before purchasing a policy to determine whether a policy extends its coverage outside the country. Most health insurance companies pay “customary and reasonable” hospital costs if you become sick or injured while traveling, but few will pay for a medical evacuation.

The U.S. government doesn't insure citizens or pay for medical expenses abroad. Before purchasing a policy, read the provisions to see what exclusions, such as preexisting medical conditions, apply. Don't assume that the new coverage mirrors that of your existing plan. Routine medical care is typically excluded unless you buy a long-term medical plan intended for expatriates, missionaries, maritime crew members, or others abroad for extended periods.

Medicare or Medicaid generally don't cover medical costs overseas unless you have specific Medicare Advantage or Medigap plans covering emergency overseas care.

Accidental Death and Dismembership (AD&D) Coverage

If an accident results in death or serious injury, an AD&D policy pays a lump sum to surviving beneficiaries or you for an injury. The insurance usually offers three parts, providing coverage for accidents and fatalities:

  • Flight accident insurance: Occurring during flights on a licensed commercial airliner. 
  • Common carrier: Resulting from public transportation such as train, ferry, or bus travel.
  • General travel: Occurring at any point during a trip.

Exclusions that may apply include death caused by drug overdose or sickness. In addition, only some injuries may be covered, specifically hand, foot, limb, or eyesight. There are stated amount limits per injury.

Accidental death coverage may not be necessary if you already have a  life insurance  policy. However, benefits paid by your travel insurance coverage may be in addition to those paid by your life insurance policy, leaving more money to your beneficiaries. 

Depending on your plan or package selected, you may be able to add the following travel insurance types:

  • Identity theft resolution services
  • School activity coverage
  • Destination wedding coverage
  • Adventure sports coverage
  • Pet health as a reason for cancellation or delay
  • Hunting or fishing activities as a reason for cancellation or delay
  • Missed flight connections

Travel insurance varies in cost, exclusions, and coverage. Coverage is available for single, multiple, and yearly trips. To get travel insurance, you fill out an insurance company's application about your trip, including the following:

  • Travelers going
  • Destination
  • Travel dates
  • Date of first payment toward your trip

The insurance company reviews the information using underwriting guidelines to guide issuing a policy and the rate. If it accepts your application, the company will issue a policy covering your trip. If the company rejects your application, you can apply with another insurer.

When you receive your policy, you'll typically get a 10- to 15-day review period to review the contract's fine details. If you don't like the policy, you can return it for a refund. Read through the document and ensure the plan you purchased doesn't apply too many loopholes, and that it covers:

  • Emergency medical care and transport back to the U.S.
  • High enough limits to cover your costs or damages
  • Regions you're traveling to
  • Your trip duration or number of trips
  • All activities you plan to enjoy
  • Preexisting conditions and people of your age

Also, read through for any exclusions. For example, types of property covered, and whether property lost or damaged by the airline is covered, and how.

Do I Need Travel Insurance?

You might consider travel insurance if you can't afford to cancel and then rebook an expensive or long trip. You might also consider travel health insurance if your health insurance doesn't cover international costs. An alternative is to book an easily cancellable vacation—look for a pay-later hotel room and car rental options, flexible cancellation terms, and the ability to rebook without a fee.

What Is Not Covered by Travel Insurance?

Review the travel insurance policy to discover exclusions. According to NAIC, common travel policy exclusions are:

  • A traveler's pre-existing health conditions
  • Civil and political unrest at the traveler's destination
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Coverage for those engaging in adventure or dangerous activities.

Pandemics may also be excluded from coverage.

How Can I Get Cheap Travel Insurance?

Your  homeowners  or renters insurance may provide some protection for personal belongings, and airlines and cruise lines are responsible for loss and damage to your baggage during transport. Also, credit cards may provide automatic protection for things like delays and luggage or rental car accidents if used for deposits or other trip-related expenses.

The main types of travel insurance include trip cancellation or interruption coverage, baggage and personal effects coverage, medical expense coverage, and accidental death or flight accident coverage. Before buying a policy, check to see if you already have coverage through your own health or car insurance or a credit card. " Travel Insurance. "

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Traveling is an exhilarating adventure that allows us to explore new destinations, experience diverse cultures, and create cherished memories. However, amidst the excitement of planning a trip, it's crucial to consider the potential risks and uncertainties that may arise during our travels. This is where comprehensive travel insurance steps in as a safeguard, offering a safety net that provides peace of mind and financial protection.

Comprehensive travel insurance serves as a vital companion for globetrotters, offering a wide range of coverage to mitigate the unforeseen challenges that may surface during a trip. From medical emergencies to trip cancellations, lost baggage, and more, this type of insurance is designed to address a myriad of potential setbacks, ensuring that travelers can navigate their journeys with confidence.

In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the various facets of comprehensive travel insurance, shedding light on the extensive coverage it provides and the invaluable support it offers to travelers. By understanding the scope of protection offered by comprehensive travel insurance, you can make informed decisions to safeguard your travel experiences and embark on your adventures with a sense of security.

Medical Coverage

One of the most critical aspects of comprehensive travel insurance is its robust medical coverage. While traveling abroad, unexpected medical emergencies can pose a significant financial burden and emotional stress. Comprehensive travel insurance typically includes coverage for medical expenses resulting from illnesses, injuries, or accidents during the trip.

Medical coverage often encompasses hospitalization costs, emergency medical treatments, ambulance services, and physician fees. In addition, it may extend to cover the expenses of medical evacuation to a suitable medical facility or repatriation to the traveler’s home country in the event of a severe medical emergency.

Moreover, some comprehensive travel insurance plans offer coverage for pre-existing medical conditions, ensuring that travelers with underlying health concerns are adequately protected during their journeys. This feature is particularly valuable, as it provides peace of mind and allows individuals with pre-existing conditions to travel with confidence.

It’s important to review the specific details of the medical coverage provided by comprehensive travel insurance policies, as the extent of coverage and the inclusion of certain medical services may vary among different insurance providers. Understanding the nuances of medical coverage is essential for travelers to assess their individual needs and ensure that they are adequately protected against unforeseen medical contingencies while traveling.

Trip Cancellation and Interruption

Comprehensive travel insurance offers valuable protection in the event of trip cancellation or interruption, addressing the potential financial losses incurred due to unforeseen circumstances that may disrupt travel plans. Trip cancellation coverage typically applies to situations such as the traveler falling ill, experiencing a family emergency, or facing unexpected work-related obligations that necessitate the cancellation of the trip.

Additionally, trip interruption coverage comes into play when a trip is cut short due to reasons such as a medical emergency, natural disaster, or other unforeseen events. In such scenarios, comprehensive travel insurance can provide reimbursement for the unused portion of the trip, including non-refundable expenses such as prepaid accommodations, transportation, and activities.

These aspects of comprehensive travel insurance serve as a financial safeguard, offering travelers the assurance that they can recoup their investment in the event of trip cancellations or curtailments due to covered reasons. Furthermore, this coverage extends beyond the traveler’s control, encompassing situations where the travel provider, such as an airline or tour operator, initiates trip cancellations or modifications.

By including trip cancellation and interruption coverage in their travel insurance plans, individuals can navigate their travel arrangements with confidence, knowing that they are protected against unforeseen disruptions that could otherwise result in significant financial losses.

Baggage and Personal Belongings

Comprehensive travel insurance provides coverage for the loss, damage, or theft of baggage and personal belongings during a trip, offering valuable protection and peace of mind to travelers. This coverage extends to various items, including luggage, clothing, electronics, jewelry, and other personal effects that accompany the traveler during their journey.

In the unfortunate event of baggage being lost by the airline or other transportation providers, comprehensive travel insurance can offer reimbursement for the essential items and clothing required while the luggage is located or replaced. Additionally, coverage for baggage delay ensures that travelers have access to funds for purchasing essential items in the event of delayed baggage arrival.

Furthermore, comprehensive travel insurance typically includes coverage for theft or damage to personal belongings during the trip. This aspect of the insurance serves as a valuable safety net, offering financial protection and assistance in replacing essential items in the event of theft or damage.

By encompassing baggage and personal belongings coverage, comprehensive travel insurance provides travelers with the confidence that their possessions are safeguarded against unforeseen circumstances, allowing them to focus on enjoying their travel experiences without undue concern about potential losses or disruptions related to their belongings.

Emergency Evacuation and Repatriation

Comprehensive travel insurance encompasses vital coverage for emergency evacuation and repatriation, offering essential support and financial protection in unforeseen and potentially life-threatening situations. In the event of a medical emergency or a natural disaster during a trip, emergency evacuation coverage ensures that travelers can access prompt and safe transportation to the nearest suitable medical facility or, if necessary, be evacuated to their home country for medical treatment.

Emergency evacuation may involve air ambulance services, ground transportation, and logistical support to ensure that the traveler receives the necessary medical care in a timely manner. This coverage is particularly crucial when traveling to remote or medically underdeveloped areas, where access to adequate healthcare facilities may be limited.

Similarly, repatriation coverage within comprehensive travel insurance addresses the arrangements and expenses associated with returning the traveler’s remains to their home country in the unfortunate event of a fatal incident during the trip. This aspect of the insurance offers invaluable assistance to the traveler’s family and loved ones during a distressing and emotionally challenging time.

By including comprehensive coverage for emergency evacuation and repatriation, travel insurance provides travelers with a safety net that extends beyond financial protection, offering peace of mind and support in the face of unforeseen and potentially life-threatening circumstances while traveling.

Additional Coverage Options

Comprehensive travel insurance often offers a range of additional coverage options to cater to the diverse needs and preferences of travelers. These supplementary coverage options enhance the scope of protection provided by the insurance, addressing specific concerns and potential contingencies that may arise during travel.

One common additional coverage option is ‘Cancel for Any Reason’ (CFAR) coverage, which allows travelers to cancel their trip for reasons not covered by standard trip cancellation policies. CFAR coverage provides flexibility and peace of mind, offering reimbursement for a portion of the prepaid and non-refundable trip expenses, even if the reason for cancellation is not listed as a covered event in the standard policy.

Furthermore, comprehensive travel insurance may include coverage for adventure activities and sports, ensuring that travelers engaging in adventurous pursuits such as scuba diving, skiing, or mountaineering are adequately protected against potential risks and injuries associated with these activities.

Other additional coverage options may encompass coverage for rental car damage, travel inconvenience benefits, identity theft assistance, and legal assistance services. These options allow travelers to tailor their insurance plans to align with their specific travel itineraries and individual preferences, ensuring that they have comprehensive protection that caters to their unique needs.

By offering a range of supplementary coverage options, comprehensive travel insurance enables travelers to customize their insurance plans to suit their travel styles, preferences, and potential risks, thereby enhancing their overall travel experience and providing peace of mind throughout their journeys.

Comprehensive travel insurance serves as a vital asset for travelers, offering a robust safety net that mitigates the financial risks and uncertainties associated with international and domestic travel. By encompassing a wide array of coverage, including medical expenses, trip cancellations, baggage protection, emergency evacuation, and additional options, this form of insurance provides invaluable support and peace of mind to individuals embarking on journeys near and far.

Understanding the comprehensive protection provided by travel insurance empowers travelers to make informed decisions and take proactive steps to safeguard their travel experiences. It enables them to navigate their journeys with confidence, knowing that they are protected against unforeseen medical emergencies, trip disruptions, and potential losses related to their belongings.

Moreover, the flexibility offered by additional coverage options, such as CFAR coverage and adventure activity protection, allows travelers to tailor their insurance plans to align with their unique itineraries and preferences. This customization ensures that their specific needs and potential risks are adequately addressed, enhancing their overall travel experience.

In essence, comprehensive travel insurance is not merely a financial investment; it is a cornerstone of responsible and well-prepared travel. It affords travelers the freedom to immerse themselves in new cultures, savor unforgettable experiences, and create lasting memories, all while knowing that they are protected by a comprehensive safety net that extends across continents and borders.

As you plan your next adventure, consider the invaluable support and security that comprehensive travel insurance offers. By embracing this essential safeguard, you can embark on your journeys with the confidence and assurance that unforeseen challenges are met with resilience and financial protection, allowing you to focus on the joy and discovery that travel brings.


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Why you should get comprehensive travel insurance

I f you consider yourself a planner, then you understand how valuable it is to prepare for an upcoming trip — especially if it's a pricey one. You'll want to nail down all the details, from airfare to hotel stays to excursions and beyond. 

For some travelers, that also includes preparing for the unexpected: trip delays and interruptions, any potential accidents, lost luggage or more. In order to save yourself a headache and prevent any major financial losses, you may want to consider getting travel insurance (not to be confused with airline travel insurance ). 

When you buy travel insurance , you're insuring up to 100% of your trip expenses, depending on the plan you get. For those interested in receiving a variety of benefits, comprehensive travel insurance may be your best bet. Insert your trip and traveler information here to view dozens of travel insurance options that fit your needs .

What is comprehensive travel insurance?

Travel insurance can possibly save you thousands of dollars if an unforeseen issue or event arises — like a canceled booking or a medical emergency requiring a hospital stay, for example. 

If you're looking for widespread insurance coverage, then you should purchase a comprehensive plan. These kinds of plans offer perks like trip cancellation and delay coverage, emergency medical and medical evacuation coverage, lost luggage and more. Here's a full list  that explains some of the extensive benefits that can come with a comprehensive plan.

"Every comprehensive travel insurance policy comes with 24 Hour Assistance, which can help travelers with medical and legal assistance, emergency cash transfers, emergency translations and pre-trip assistance," travel insurance marketplace Squaremouth adds .

To get started, just insert some details on your upcoming trip into Squaremouth's free tool .

Why should you get comprehensive travel insurance?

Emergency medical and medical evacuation coverage, especially on international trips , are among the most critical reasons travelers buy travel insurance. 

"The medical benefits of travel insurance are perhaps the most worth it due to the high financial ramifications that can come with a medical claim while traveling," SquareMouth says.

Before you leave for a trip overseas make sure you closely review your current health insurance coverage to see if you're protected in that destination. 

"If you need medical care in another country, you will likely need to pay out-of-pocket for any services. Even if a country has nationalized health care, it may not cover people who are not citizens," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns .

The CDC added that it's particularly important if you have an existing health issue, are traveling for an extended period of time or planning to partake in sports or other activities.

"It's something to think about. It could help you out, depending on how good your current health insurance is," Michael Giusti, an analyst for, previously told CBS MoneyWatch .

"I can't think of an overseas trip I wouldn't recommend [travel insurance] for, because there is so much potential for something to go wrong," added Giusti.

If you're getting ready for international travel, then you may want to start shopping around for the best travel insurance plans . 

Squaremouth recommends getting comprehensive travel insurance that includes $50,000 in emergency medical coverage and $100,000 in medical evacuation coverage.

But medical coverage isn't the main reason travelers purchase insurance, Squaremouth says.

"Trip Cancellation coverage is the primary reason most travelers buy travel insurance. This benefit can reimburse 100% of your prepaid and non-refundable trip expenses if you need to cancel your trip for a reason covered by your policy," the marketplace site says.

How much does travel insurance cost?

In general, the price of travel insurance should not cost more than 10% of your total trips. The U.S. Travel Insurance Association (UStiA) says it should fall between 4% to 8% of your trip cost.

In order to save money, it's crucial that you narrow down the benefits that you actually need and stay within your budget.

"It's a common misconception that a more expensive travel insurance policy will provide better or more reliable coverage. However, the rating and reputation of a travel insurance policy does not factor into the policy's premium," SquareMouth explains, adding that it will "always recommend the least expensive policy that matches your coverage needs."

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Summer is just a few months away — and if you're planning a vacation this year, the last thing you want is an unexpected event to derail your plans (and cost you hundreds).

Flights get delayed or canceled constantly. Luggage disappears into the ether. Medical emergencies occur in remote destinations. Yet many jetsetters simply cross their fingers and hope for the best rather than prepare for the worst.

That's why, as a financial planner, I believe it's crucial to consider protecting your trips with the right insurance coverage. One option often overlooked, particularly by frequent travelers, is annual travel insurance .

Annual travel insurance covers all your trips within 365 days. Unlike stand-alone travel insurance, which only covers you for a specific trip, an annual policy covers any trips you take within the year.

That's why I tell clients who travel frequently that an annual policy is a good choice for their needs. By opting for an annual plan, you don't have to go through the hassle of booking multiple policies and potentially save money compared to purchasing individual trip coverage. Here's how it works.

What to look for in a policy

While specifics may vary depending on the insurer and plan tier, most include the following key benefits:

  • Trip cancellations or interruptions: You may be able to get reimbursed for expenses (even nonrefundable ones!) related to an illness, injury, or natural disaster that forced you to cancel or cut your trip short.
  • Emergency medical and dental care: If you fall ill or get injured while traveling, your insurance can help cover the cost of medical treatment.
  • Emergency evacuation: In a serious medical emergency or security situation, your policy will arrange and pay for transportation to a hospital or back to your home country.
  • Lost, delayed, or damaged baggage: If your luggage is lost, delayed, or damaged during your trip, you can get financial coverage for essential items while you wait for your stuff to be recovered or replaced.
  • Trip delays and missed connections: When your travel plans are disrupted due to issues like mechanical problems or severe weather, you may get reimbursement for additional expenses incurred, like meals, lodging, and transportation.

It's important to note that annual travel insurance plans have limitations. Certain high-risk activities, pre-existing medical conditions, and travel to specific regions may be restricted or require additional coverage.

Some travelers may assume that their credit card's built-in travel protections are enough. While many travel rewards credit cards offer perks like rental car insurance, trip cancellation, and baggage reimbursement, the coverage limits are often much lower than a dedicated annual travel insurance plan.

Credit card coverage for emergency medical care is also particularly limited — capped at a few thousand dollars — which may not be enough in the face of a major international medical emergency.

How much travel justifies an annual plan?

For the occasional traveler who takes one or two trips a year, single-trip policies will probably work for you. But if you fall into any of these buckets, you may want to consider an annual policy:

  • Regular international travelers (three or more trips abroad yearly)
  • Road warriors frequently away for work
  • Adventurers engaging in high-risk activities like heli-skiing, scuba diving, or mountain climbing
  • Cruisers and tour group travelers
  • Students or retirees taking extended trips throughout the year
  • Those visiting developing countries with limited medical care

Annual plans cover all of your trips within a 365-day period after purchasing. They're basically a bundle of multiple policies into one package deal. This means you only have to buy one policy to manage, locking in your coverage for the year.

How to decide if an annual policy makes sense for you

Start by reviewing your travel plans this year — and your risk tolerance. Calculate how much buying individual travel insurance policies would cost you over the next year and compare it to the price of an annual plan.

Don't just focus on the premium — carefully evaluate coverage limits, exclusions, and deductibles to ensure you have enough protection for your needs.

An annual policy gives you the flexibility to take spontaneous trips without the hassle of obtaining last-minute insurance. More importantly, it provides peace of mind, knowing that you're covered for a wide range of travel disruptions and emergencies.

As the busy summer travel season ramps up, definitely explore protecting your trips with insurance, especially if you're jetting off internationally. Spending hours on the phone trying to rebook canceled flights or worrying about affording an overseas medical emergency is no way to vacation.

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Annual Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance from €14.99^ with 24/7 GP access.

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Protection at home and abroad. AA Travel Insurance covers you for staycations and vacations. With 24/7 access to a GP as standard. + More benefits too. Discover now.

Annual Multi Trip

Get cover before, during and after your holiday the whole year.

Cancellation Cover

Cover up to €6,000 for any lost travel and accommodation costs if cancelling your trip is unavoidable

Medical Cover

Emergency medical and repatriation cover up to €10,000,000

Baggage Cover

If your baggage is delayed for more than 12 hours we cover you for up to €300 (€50 per day)

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Covers a wide array of winter sports activities including skiing and snowboarding

COVID-19 Cover

Cancellation, Curtailment, Medical Expenses & additional accommodation cover if you contract COVID-19 while abroad & unable to return home as planned.

24/7 access to a GP as standard.

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Our cover for covid-19 gives you the peace of mind you need for a stress-free return to travelling.

Our cover for COVID-19 gives you benefits such as:

  • Cancellation cover if you, a close relative or travelling companion receive a positive diagnosis for COVID-19
  • Cancellation cover if you, or any person insured by the policy, are required to self-isolate on your scheduled departure date
  • Curtailment cover if The Department of Foreign Affairs (or any other equivalent government body in another country) advises you to return home due to COVID-19
  • Related Medical Expenses if you contract COVID-19 while abroad
  • Additional accommodation if you contract COVID-19 while you are abroad and are unable to return home as planned

Please note that cancellation claims relating to government restrictions for COVID-19 are excluded and any Pandemic illness is not covered within 48 hours of your policy purchase date.

Cover is subject to Terms & Conditions and some exclusions will apply. For full details of cover available please click here

*Please note that cancellation claims relating to government restrictions for COVID-19 are excluded and we will not cover any claim where your travel to a country or specific area or event to which the Travel Advice Section of the Department of Foreign affairs or the World Health Organisation has advised the public not to travel to.

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