Does family travel insurance still cover us after separation?

If your family no longer lives under the same roof, your family travel insurance policy might not be valid. We take a look at whether family travel insurance still covers you after a separation.  

If your family no longer lives under the same roof, your family travel insurance policy might not be valid. We take a look at whether family travel insurance still covers you after a separation.  

Josh Daniels
From the Travel team
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Posted 29 JANUARY 2020

Does family travel insurance still cover a family after they’ve separated?

Whether or not your family travel insurance still covers you after a separation will depend on the terms set out in your travel policy. If your family has separated, you should know that:

  • Travel insurance won’t pay out if you’re a couple who have split up and you no longer want to go on a trip
  • If you’ve separated or divorced and a travel policy’s in your name, any children that no longer live with you might not be covered for future holidays
  • Step-children, if they don’t live with you permanently, may also not be covered

Each travel policy is different and it’s worth doing a full comparison to find the one that suits your specific needs. There are policies aimed specifically at single-parent families. It’s also worth being aware that some providers set a minimum time period a couple needs to live together (typically around six months) before they can get cover.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 

The travel traffic light system currently states that trips to green and amber listed countries are legally permitted if you live in England and Scotland. If you live in Wales and Northern Ireland, you still need to follow the rules for your relevant government.

Please note: from 4am on 4 October 2021, the current traffic light system will be replaced by a single red list of countries.

Currently, if your destination of choice 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 are aware of any specific requirements relating to entry and ensure travellers from the UK are permitted. Countries can have their traffic light status changed with short notice and you should take this into consideration when looking to travel. Please check the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) for the latest information.

The FCDO currently advises against all but essential travel to red list countries. Most insurance policies purchased to cover a trip to a destination where the FCDO has instructed citizens not to travel to won’t be valid, however, some insurance providers may offer reduced cover if you’re travelling for essential purposes. 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 respectively.

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Customers with more serious pre-existing medical conditions

When you declare medical conditions on our website, we’ll only show quotes from insurance providers who will cover all declared medical conditions, with no exclusions. 

MoneyHelper 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 MoneyHelper or by calling them on 0800 138 7777.

How do I know if my separation affects my family travel insurance?

Before you travel, check the terms and conditions of your policy carefully. If you’re concerned that your children, or you, may not be covered, contact your insurance provider.

Once you’ve explained the situation, they’ll be able to amend your policy or offer advice on what to do next. You may need to cancel your policy and purchase a new one which reflects your change in circumstances.

What should I look for in a family travel insurance policy?

When you’re looking at what travel insurance policy to buy for you and your family, it’s always worth considering:

  • Medical expenses – to cover you for any treatment, or the cost of getting you back home afterwards.
  • Cancellation and curtailment – in case you have to cancel or cut your holiday short.
  • Missed departures and delays – if you miss your flight for reasons out of your control or there are flight delays.
  • Lost or stolen luggage – to help you recoup any losses if your luggage is lost, stolen or damaged.

You’ll also need to decide between a single trip policy (valid for one holiday) or an annual policy that covers you for the whole year. If you travel a lot, then you may find an annual policy is more cost effective.

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