Friday, September 8, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck the High Atlas mountains, southwest of Marrakesh causing widespread destruction and the loss of many lives.  

Emergency services are racing against time to rescue survivors buried under rubble
, and Government agencies and news outlets report widespread disruption to transportation routes due to the extent of damage in the area.  

Further impacts to travel are expected while emergency services work to get the situation under control. 

If you are in the affected areas, follow the advice of local authorities at all times, including any evacuation orders. Travellers in these areas may experience disruption to their travel plans. 

If you’re already travelling 

If you’re a World Nomads traveller and require emergency medical assistance due to this event, please contact our Emergency Assistance team as soon as it’s practicable and safe to do so.  

For the latest advice on travel on Morocco, visit  

If you’re planning to travel in these regions 

Your policy can continue to offer cover in line with the policy terms and conditions. Note that the policy offers cover based on specific, listed insured events; also, you must be aware that policy exclusions still exist. Before planning travel, please check the government advice applicable to your policy and monitor media coverage. 

If your travel plans are affected 

If you need to change your travel arrangements, contact your airline, cruise company or travel agent for assistance in the first instance.  

In the event you need to claim, you must do everything you can to minimise and reduce the cost of the claim and provide all supporting documentation of the event and expenses incurred. Some benefits will not apply if the Natural Disaster event has occurred prior to purchase of your policy. If you intend to submit a claim, please complete the claim form and if you need help doing this, contact us.  

If you have any other queries, please get in touch. 

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