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If you’re jetting off with your husband, wife or partner, then couples cover (sometimes known as joint travel insurance) can be a budget-friendly alternative to buying separate policies. 

If you’re jetting off with your husband, wife or partner, then couples cover (sometimes known as joint travel insurance) can be a budget-friendly alternative to buying separate policies. 

Josh Daniels
From the Travel team
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Posted 28 JANUARY 2020

What exactly is couples travel insurance?

To qualify for couples travel insurance (or joint cover), you need to be two adults aged 18 or over, who live at the same address and are in a relationship. 

Policies vary between providers, but standard travel insurance for couples usually includes:

  • medical cover – this will help to ensure you won’t be left with a hefty hospital bill. You’ll usually be covered for around £2 million in medical expense 
  • personal belongings – from pricey laptops to fancy designer sunglasses, your personal belongings are often covered for damage, loss, and theft
  • cancellation cover – cancellation cover means you won’t be out of pocket if you’re forced to shelve your holiday plans because your travel provider lets you down or you have an accident or illness that prevents you from travelling. Cancellation cover would usually be equal to the value of your holiday, including pre-booked excursions, activities, and extras
  • travel delay/disruption cover – if your flight is delayed then your first port of call should be the airline or if, for example, your hotel isn’t finished you should contact your tour operator. It’s their responsibility to compensate you for the cost of the disruption caused. If they’re not compensating you for the disruption you should call your insurance provider

Some insurance companies won’t cover you for absolutely every eventuality, so always be careful when you’re buying your policy to make sure you’ve got the right cover for your needs. If you’re heading off on a specific type of holiday, such as a ski trip, then some providers offer tailor-made packages that are better equipped for the slopes.


A travel traffic light system has been introduced for international travel. From 19 July 2021, trips to green and amber listed countries are legally permitted if you live in England and Scotland. However, you’ll still need to fulfil any pre-departure requirements, such as testing. If you live in Wales and Northern Ireland, you still need to follow the rules for your relevant local authority.

If a country is on the green or amber list, you still need to check the latest travel advice and entry requirements for each country you visit or transit through. This is to ensure you’re aware of any specific requirements relating to entry and to check travellers from the UK are permitted. Countries can have their traffic light status changed at short notice and you should take this into consideration when looking to travel. Please check the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advice for the latest information.

The FCDO currently advises against all but essential travel to red listed countries. Should you choose to travel against the FCDO rules, you will not be covered by any travel insurance policy you purchase. Some providers do offer cover for international travel if you’re travelling for essential purposes, however most do not. In all cases, should you have any queries please check the policy wording or contact your chosen provider before purchasing to ensure the cover meets your needs.

Travel within England, Scotland and Wales is permitted under the current guidelines. However, public health rules and lockdown restrictions continue to vary, including entry restrictions for Northern Ireland. Check the latest guidance from the official tourism boards for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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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.

The Money and Pensions Service (MaPs) has launched a directory of insurance providers on its Money Advice Service website that 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.

Do you have to travel together for couples travel insurance?

With couples travel insurance, travelling separately is allowed with some policies. This can be particularly useful if you regularly visit family overseas and can’t always go together, or if you’re travelling alone or with friends.

Can I save money by taking out a couples policy?

Going on holiday is pricey enough, so it will come as good news that opting for couples travel insurance can save you money.  

However, if one of you has a pre-existing medical condition then it could be cheaper to buy separate policies – so it’s worth getting a comparison for both to see which could be cheaper.

If you travel a lot, then it’s also possible to make further savings with an annual multi-trip policy over a single trip policy.

While travel insurance for couples may seem tempting, the lowest-priced deals don’t always offer the right cover – and can sometimes end up costing you more money if things don’t go to plan. A good policy should tick all your boxes, as well as meeting your budget, so make sure you compare policies before buying the policy that suits you.

Are there any common exclusions for couples travel insurance?

Exclusions are the things an insurance provider won’t provide, so you should certainly be aware of them. 

The ones that regularly occur include:

  • pre-existing medical conditions – if you’ve got a dodgy knee or problematic organs, you may be considered by some providers a big a risk to insure. Fortunately, there are providers out there that do cover people with pre-existing medical conditions
  • extreme sports – not all insurance providers will take the fall if a bungee jump goes disastrously wrong. Whether it’s skiing, white-water rafting, or even skydiving, adrenaline junkies will sometimes need to seek out policies that specifically cater for extreme sports
  • certain locations – from dangerous countries to plush cruise liners, not every insurance policy will cover you everywhere. If you’re opting for a cruise, you need to select the cruise option when completing your quote
  • delays and disasters – some of the least anticipated things aren’t always covered by insurance providers. These can range from ‘Acts of God’ (storms, floods, tornados etc.) to acts of terrorism. The same can also be true of more common eventualities, such as delayed flights. Make sure your policy doesn’t exclude any of the more likely ones

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