Does travel insurance cover acts of terrorism?

Most policies offer some level of emergency medical coverage, but won’t always cover other damages that result from acts of terrorism. Each policy is different, so it’s always a good idea to check what you’re covered for. 

Most policies offer some level of emergency medical coverage, but won’t always cover other damages that result from acts of terrorism. Each policy is different, so it’s always a good idea to check what you’re covered for. 

Josh Daniels
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Posted 29 JANUARY 2020

What’s typically not included in a travel insurance policy?

Most policies class events arising from terrorism among their exemptions. So even though you’d receive emergency treatment as standard, it’s unlikely you’d be covered for flights home with medical support – although it’s worth looking around.

If your travel plans are delayed due to an attack, it’s up to your airline or travel agent to get you home as soon as it’s safe and possible.

If you change your mind about making a trip on safety grounds, it’s unlikely you’ll be refunded – unless the Government advises against ‘all but essential travel’. If an official warning is issued, your travel provider should offer a refund.

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. 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 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.

Can I increase my travel insurance cover?

If you’ve checked your travel insurance coverage and don’t feel it’s enough, talk to your insurance provider and see if you can extend it. Many insurance providers will be able to enhance the level of cover and number of features offered, but will charge you an increased premium to do so. 

How do I know which holiday destinations are at risk?

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office issues advice when they believe a country is unsafe to travel to. They’ll also offer advice on actions you can take in other countries that don’t carry quite such a severe risk, so that you’ feel prepared. 

Remember, the chances of terrorism affecting your trip are tiny, but that’s not a good reason to be unprepared. If you’re concerned, check your policy documentation and talk to your insurance provider.

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