How do I choose the right travel insurance?
Decide if you want single-trip, annual or backpacker travel insurance, and whether you're insuring an individual or group. Ensure you have enough cover for essentials like medical expenses, baggage and cancellation, then think about added extras. Remember, you'll get on-screen help in our quotes process, or you can read more in our guidesCaroline Lloyd, Gocompare.com
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All the quotes you're shown will include cover for medical expenses, cancellation and personal baggage, and you'll have the latest information from independent financial researcher Defaqto available to help you see exactly what you're getting from your purchase.
Should you choose to try our quotes service, our one-page form will also ask for basic personal and contact information, and whether the travellers requiring cover have any pre-existing medical conditions.
You'll be able to choose whether you want single- or multi-trip insurance, or a backpacker/gap-year policy. If you need cover for winter sports, a cruise or a business trip, you can tick an appropriate box.
Then it's just a case of entering the start date required and choosing the part of the world you need insurance for.
You can also customise search results to include, for example, sufficient baggage cover if you're planning on taking away expensive gadgets.
When you see a policy you like the look of, you can click through for extra information, with the option to buy a policy online and/or over the phone.
Did you know...?
- Buying insurance from a package holiday operator could cost three times as much as from a comparison site
- 13% of people have never heard of an EHIC or a European Health Insurance Card
- Being drunk can invalidate your claim
Find out more about travel insurance in our guides, where you can also get the answers to frequently asked questions.
You'll find explanations of key areas such as cancellation, curtailment, abandonment, baggage, legal expenses and delayed or missed departure, plus much more.
Look out for information on why you need insurance, how much cover is required, if adventure activities are included, and why you should carry a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
Our guides can help you to understand optional add-ons to policies and specialist cover, including policies for over-65s, for people with pre-existing medical conditions, scheduled airline failure insurance (Safi) and sports cover.
There's also plenty to read on subjects such as winter travel insurance, cover for skiing and other winter sports, why paying by credit card may benefit you, plus tips to help find the right policy at the right price, money-saving suggestions, and advice from the Foreign Office.
Find out why you could need long-stay travel insurance if you're planning on travelling for more than 30 days and how this may also affect your home insurance, and discover how you could benefit from travel insurance when holidaying in the UK or in a caravan.
Learn why it's a bad idea to double up on insurance, how to avoid claim rejections, and what compensation you can expect if your trip is impacted by delayed or cancelled flights.