A trip to Spain can offer excitement, adventure, or pure relaxation. You can do it all in Spain!

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With incredible beaches and mountains, mesmerizing art and culture, and some of the best party hotspots in Europe, Spain has a little bit of everything to offer Irish globetrotters.

From medical evacuations and lost luggage and gear, to the always dreaded travel delays, and now Coronavirus, packing travel insurance can save you a lot of money should something go wrong while you’re in Spain.

Why do I need travel insurance to go to Spain?

In the current travel landscape it’s becoming increasingly a case of when rather than if you’ll need travel insurance. With World Nomads you can buy travel insurance as soon as your trip is locked in or while you're travelling (waiting periods apply), it’s entirely up to you.

For example, you could be planning to travel around Spain for a fortnight, but your trip is cut short on day four due to events out of your control such as - an unforeseen travel delay, a natural catastrophe or a missed flight connection - as long as you’ve purchased the Explorer Plan you may be covered for a number of insured events as part of our trip interruption cover. Always check your Policy Wording carefully so you understand what is and isn’t covered.

World Nomads has two plans - Standard and Explorer - which cover an array of activities such as mountain biking, skiing, hiking, kayaking, surfing, and scuba diving.  We also offer cover for other key events including:

  • Medical evacuation and repatriation back to Ireland.
  • Cancellation/trip interruption (Explorer Plan)
  • Travel delays or missed flights (Explorer Plan)
  • Lost, stolen or damaged baggage
  • Travel curtailment (Explorer Plan)
  • 24/7 worldwide Emergency Assistance
  • Cover for some Coronavirus-related events (Explorer Plan)

Left home without travel insurance?

Travel insurance tipalways make sure you’ve done your research on not just on Spain, but each of the countries you’re planning to visit as there may be Irish government-imposed travel restrictions in place. If you decide to travel to a country on a ‘Do Not Travel’ or "Avoid Non-essential Travel' list then your World Nomads policy will provide cover for the reasons outlined in the warning. The Ireland Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) currently advises to avoid non-essential travel to many countries and territories in Europe due to coronavirus (COVID-19) risks. You can look up DFA foreign travel advice here, and read the DFA’s COVID-19 travel advice by clicking here.

World Nomads believes in giving back to the communities we visit as travellers.

We began our Footprints charity program in the wake of the devastating Southeast Asian tsunami of 2004, to enable travellers to donate to community development projects across the world.

If you decide to purchase travel insurance with us, there is an option to add a donation at the time of purchase, and select the project you would like to send the donation to. 100% of all donations go directly to the project.

What to look out for when travelling to Spain

Crime in Spain

While wandering around the beautiful streets of Barcelona, Madrid, Grenada, and Seville can be a dream come true you also need to remain vigilant and keep your valuables in sight. Thieves often work in teams of two or more and tend to target money and passports. Remember to keep a photocopy or scanned copy of your passport and other important documents somewhere safe. Check out our baggage and valuables travel insurance cover designed for residents of Ireland.

Nightlife in Ibiza and festivals

While it has almost become a rite of passage for many Irish to visit Ibiza, Mallorca and Valencia to hit its party spots and festivals, make sure you are in control and don’t go overboard with alcohol and other substances. We want you to have fun but also to be alert to your surroundings. Buy your own drinks and keep sight of them at all times. Stick with your travel buddies, especially at big festivals.

Cover for adventure activities and sports while in Spain

While many visit Spain for its Tapas markets, bars, cafes and museums in Spain, there are also adventures to be had off the beaten track. Spain offers any number of outdoor activities and sports. Some great examples include:

  • Off-road quad biking, snorkelling or scuba diving in the Balearic Islands.
  • Whitewater rafting in the South Coast of Spain
  • A two-day trek to the summit of Mulhacén in the Sierra Nevada.
  • Kayaking in the waters of Valencia, Allicante and Almeira on the east coast

Note: always check your Policy Wording carefully to make sure all your chosen activities are covered. You may need to upgrade your level of cover for a specific activity when you purchase.

Health changes and cover for some Coronavirus-related events

As an Irish resident you are entitled to public healthcare in countries in the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland if you become ill or injured while on holiday or on a temporary stay of less than 3 months. Ensure that you get or renew your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before you go, and remember, you need one for every person travelling in your group.

Please note that the EHIC is not a substitute for travel insurance. It doesn’t cover medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or treatment of a non-urgent nature. Also, some private hospitals may not accept the EHIC, so you should check with the hospital administrator beforehand and consider a travel insurance policy to fill any coverage gaps.

World Nomads offers cover for some Coronavirus-related events to help if your trip is derailed by COVID-19. Please read your policy carefully as benefit limits apply and vary between plans.


Check with a medical practitioner regarding the vaccinations you may need – especially if you’re travelling to other countries in addition to Spain – and preferably at least eight weeks before you travel. Evidence of vaccination (in the form of a certificate) could be a requirement for entry to some countries. Take some time to learn about any specific health risks in the country(ies) you are visiting. Without the recommended vaccinations, your cover may not apply.

About World Nomads

World Nomads polices are designed by travellers for travellers to provide simple and flexible travel insurance – and it’s often cheaper than you might think! Featuring coverage for more than 150 activities, quotes are fast, free and you can do it all online at www.worldnomads.com. All of the information we provide about travel insurance is a brief summary only. It does not include all terms, conditions, limitations, exclusions and termination provisions of the travel insurance plans described. Coverage may not be available for residents of all countries, states or provinces. Please carefully read your policy wording for a full description of coverage.

Looking for more useful travel insurance information?

If you need the answer to a specific question or just some general guidance on a travel insurance topic then check out our Help Center which provides useful information on:

Travel Insurance Benefits: how we can take care of you

Trip Cancellation

Been working hard for your trip?

We'll work hard to protect it.

Trip Protection
  • Unexpectedly hospitalised?
  • Travel buddy unfit to travel?
  • Been made redundant?

We’ve got your back.

Emergency Medical Expenses

Feeling fit and healthy? What if you get sick or injured?

Take the pain out of medical or dental costs.

Emergency Medical Insurance
  • Need meds quick?
  • Accidentally injured?
  • Suddenly sick?

We’ve got your back.

Emergency Medical Transportation

Know where the nearest hospital is?

Don’t stress, we’ll get you there quickly.

Evacuation and Repatriation
  • Banged up abroad?
  • Need a hospital urgently?
  • Medivac home?

Help starts here.

Protect your gear

Love photography, filming or sport?

Cover your bags, tech or gear.

Protect your gear
  • Luggage lost?
  • Airline lost your gear?
  • Tech trashed?

Help starts here.

  • Emergency Overseas Medical & Dental Expenses
  • Emergency Medical Evacuation & Repatriation
  • Trip Cancellation or Interruption
  • 24-Hour Assistance Services
  • Baggage
  • And more (depending on your country of residence)
*This is a general summary only. Restrictions, exclusions and limitations will apply. Coverage may not be available for all countries, states or provinces. Benefit limits may vary depending on the plan chosen. Get a quote for full details.

24/7 emergency assistance

Whether you need medical assistance or emergency evacuation, our teams are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year before and during your trip.

Are you in need of emergency assistance right now?

Contact the team

Travel insurance. Simple & flexible.

Travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families. Nobody wants to think about all the things that could go wrong on their trip, but these things can and do happen. So be prepared and get your travel insurance today.