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What does travel insurance cover?

It's important to check what your travel insurance policy will cover you for, you can do this by checking the T&Cs before purchasing.

A typical policy will cover you for:

  • Medical expenses - for visits to the doctor or hospital
  • Repatriation - if you need to be brought back to the UK
  • Cancellation or curtailment - if your holiday is cancelled or cut short
  • Lost, stolen or damaged possessions - for all your valuables
  • Personal liability - in case you accidentally injure someone or cause damage to their property

Types of travel insurance

It's important to get the right cover for your hols. Where you go, and what you get up to will make a difference.

Policies vary a lot and without the right insurance, you could find yourself out of pocket.

Single trip

Will cover you for one destination for a certain amount of time.

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Annual multi-trip

Will insure you for multiple trips in one year - this may work out cheaper if you're a regular traveller.

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Does what it says on the tin - covers you for worldwide destinations.

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Winter sports

A good idea if you're going on a skiing trip or taking part in any other winter sports.

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Will cover the whole family under one policy and could help you save on your insurance.

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Insurance specifically for cruise holidays that'll cover issues like cabin confinement.

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Over 65s travel insurance

Tailored travel insurance for those over the age of 65.

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Pre-existing medical conditions

May be needed if standard travel insurance won't cover your condition.

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In 2017, travel insurers paid out £385 million to UK globetrotters
According to the ABI in July 2018[†]

How to get travel insurance

We don't need much to get you on your way, we just need to know...

  1. Type of cover

    Whether it's single trip, annual multi-trip or backpacker cover

  2. Who you want to insure

    Are you travelling alone or with others?

  3. Your cover options

    If you need extra cover for winter sports or a cruise, for instance

  4. Your details

    The usual things - your name and email address

  5. Your medical history

    Whether you have any pre-existing medical conditions

Do I need travel insurance if I have an EHIC?

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) currently allows you to receive state healthcare within the European Economic Area (EEA) for free or at a reduced rate.

It's not a like-for-like substitute for travel insurance though. The EHIC won't cover things like medical repatriation, non-urgent treatment, or any non-medical features like lost/stolen property. You also can't use it on cruises.

Do I need travel insurance for holidays in the UK?

It's a good idea to have some sort of cover if you're having a staycation.

Missed transport and cancellation cover can come in handy if you're taking an internal flight. Gadget cover can be a real lifesaver too, if you're travelling with expensive smart devices.

How to make your premium cheaper

  1. One annual payment

    An annual multi-trip policy could work out cheaper if you're a regular traveller

  2. See if you're already covered

    You may already have insurance with your bank or credit card

  3. Combined cover

    Put the whole family on one policy to get a cheaper rate

  4. Increase voluntary excess

    ... but make sure you have enough money to pay up, if you need to

  5. Choose the right destination

    Don't choose an annual worldwide option if you think you'll only travel in Europe

  6. Your personal belongings

    Check if these are already covered by your home or gadget insurance

  7. A package holiday

    Make sure you're not already paying for travel insurance extras as part of your package

  8. Take your EHIC

    It can give you access to free or reduced cost medical treatment in selected countries

  9. Shop around

    It's always worth getting a few different quotes to get a great price

Frequently asked questions

  • Will a policy cover the loss of a passport or other documents?

    Many policies cover some of the costs associated with obtaining emergency travel documents when abroad, but you're unlikely to have the cost of replacing your passport when you get back to the UK covered.

  • What's 'doubling up' on travel insurance?

    You might already have travel insurance through another financial product such as a packaged bank account or premium credit card, but you should remember that such policies may not have cover suited to your circumstances. It's always best to check the terms and conditions and any exclusions to see what is covered.

    If you have existing cover, taking out a stand-alone policy could lead to you paying twice for the same thing, which can cause additional problems.

  • Any other questions?

    Find the answers in our travel insurance guides.

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