City break travel insurance

Whether you’re going for a romantic weekend or a business trip overseas, it’s important you get travel insurance for your city break to give you peace of mind.

Whether you’re going for a romantic weekend or a business trip overseas, it’s important you get travel insurance for your city break to give you peace of mind.

Josh Daniels
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Posted 28 JANUARY 2021

What is city break insurance?

City break travel insurance ensures you have financial protection against potential problems such as medical care costs and theft while you’re away.

If you know you’re going to take only one break in the next 12 months that will last no longer than 31 days, you could get single trip travel insurance.

If you plan to visit a few cities in the space of a year, it might be more cost-effective to get a multi-trip policy lasting for 12 months – that way, you won’t have to arrange a new policy for every trip.

You’ll be able to state whether you’re going for business purposes or pleasure when you get a quote.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Following the UK’s most recent national restrictions, you can only travel internationally or within the UK if you're legally permitted to do so while the UK is under full lockdown restrictions.

Non-essential travel is not currently permitted within the UK before 12 April 2021 at the earliest and international travel is not currently permitted before 17 May 2021 at the earliest. Any insurance for travel before these dates is likely to be invalid. This means that, unfortunately, we’re unable to provide any new single trip price comparisons for UK policies with a start date prior to 12 April 2021 and any single trip comparisons for international policies with a start date prior to 17 May 2021
 
You’re still able to purchase annual multi-trip policies, however, if you choose to travel against FCDO advice and current restrictions, you won’t be covered for your trip.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. See latest FCDO advice for further information.

Any insurance policy purchased to cover a trip to a destination where the local authority, or the FCDO, has instructed citizens not to travel, will not be valid.

For more information, please see our coronavirus and travel insurance page.

Until then, stay safe.

Customers with more serious pre-existing medical conditions

Our panel includes insurance providers who quote cover for all medical conditions declared on our website, with no exclusions.

On its Money Advice Service website, The Money and Pensions Service (MaPs) has launched a directory of insurance providers who may be able to provide quotes over the phone, if you have more serious medical conditions. Find more information at the Money Advice Service or by calling the British Insurance Brokers’ Association on 0370 950 1790.

What does single trip travel insurance cover?

Single trip travel insurance for your city break should provide cover for:

  • Medical expenses: travel insurance could help meet your costs should you fall ill or have an accident. Providers will want to know about your medical history and may exclude cover for any pre-existing conditions. If you don't provide accurate information about your medical history it may invalidate your policy. 

If you’re taking your city break in Europe, remember to take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)This entitles you to state healthcare across most of the Continent, on the same terms as a local resident in the country you’re visiting.

After Brexit, and the UK officially left the EU with a deal in place, things have changed. You won’t be able to apply for an EHIC anymore, but, if you have one already, issued before the end of 2020, then it’ll still be valid until the expiry date.

However, the UK government has introduced a replacement called the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). If you don’t have an EHIC, or once yours expires, you can apply for a GHIC here, and it should arrive within 10 days. The GHIC will offer the same cover as the EHIC did in EU countries.

If you need medical attention, go to a state medical facility first and tell your insurance provider. They’ll give you advice on what additional private treatment might be covered by your policy.

  • Cancellation: It’s a good idea to take out travel insurance when you book your break so that you can claim back the cost if you need to cancel your trip due to unforeseen circumstances, such as illness or bereavement.
  • Stolen, lost or damaged possessions: You may be able to claim back the price of items that are lost, stolen or damaged. If your belongings are stolen, you should report the incident to the local police and get a case number from them – you’ll need to pass this on to your insurance provider when you make your claim.

How much is city break insurance?

If you’re going on a city break in Europe, then European travel insurance could cost from £2.64*** for a single trip policy or £12.70**** for a multi-trip policy, based on Compare the Market data in November 2020.

***Based on a single trip travel policy for a 20 year old with no pre-existing medical conditions travelling in Europe for 2 nights. Prices correct as at November 2020.
****Based on an annual multi trip travel insurance policy for a 20 year old with no pre-existing medical conditions travelling in Europe. Prices correct as at November 2020.

Why use Compare the Market?

We compare some of the market’s leading providers to help you find a deal that’s right for you. A typical travel insurance policy will cover you for day-to-day activities. However, if you want to add adventure activities to your itinerary, then we provide all the documents for you to check if your activity is covered. Simply check the policy and you’ll be able to select the right package for you.

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