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Travel insurance for Digital Nomads

Cover your tech while you're working or travelling overseas.

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If anything positive has come out of the COVID-19 pandemic it’s that people are looking for new ways to work while travelling. If you’re planning on leaving Ireland and adopting the digital nomad lifestyle then, as well as your laptop and passport, you may want to pack travel insurance just in case the unexpected happens.

Travel insurance: how are my electronics covered?

Our policies offer cover for a wide range of gadgets including:

  • Photographic equipment
  • Binoculars
  • Telescopes
  • Computers and/or accessories (including laptops, games and gaming consoles)
  • PDA’s and tablet devices (including iPad’s and eBooks)
  • Video cameras
  • Audio visual equipment (including portable speakers and headphones)
  • DVD players
  • Mobile phones
  • Drones and satellite navigation devices.

But how we cover your items (and how much) depends on your plan. We cover: 

  • When your gear is stolen when its under your supervision
  • Tech devices destroyed by a fire or a natural disaster

Note: depreciation and wear and tear will be considered when calculating the claim settlement value of your electronic items (depreciation will not be applied to items listed as 'specified items' and you have paid the additional premium). 

Whether you’re plugging into your social network or working remotely in a hub, we can help you protect your valuables and devices. Our seven tips could help you travel safely and keep your gear secure.

  • Tip 1: keep receipts: Always keep receipts (hard or digital copies) of any gadgets bought before and during your travels in case you need to make a claim. You should also make copies of your travel documents, ID cards, credit cards, and other personal information that you’re taking with you on the trip.
  • Tip 2: get proof in writing for any lost or damaged gadgets: If a common carrier (e.g. airline, bus company or hotel) has lost, delayed or damaged your gear you must notify them right away and get a record of the incident to support your claim. Our 24/7 Emergency Assistance team may be able to help you negotiate the local administration if you don’t speak the local language.
  • Tip 3: report theft to the local police: If you’re baggage or valuables are stolen, you need to report ASAP to the local police authority and to the common carrier, service provider or any other local authority. If you don’t it could affect your claim.
  • Tip 4: protect your devices: With cyberattacks now commonplace, make sure your devices are protected to secure sensitive work data, banking details and more.  Your laptop should be encrypted with strong passwords, a lock screen, and with antivirus or anti-malware software. Avoid using public WIFI hotspots, and never leave sensitive information or devices in your rental car or an unattended hotel room. If you must leave anything behind, make sure it is locked up in a safe.
  • Tip 5: use a digital nomad visa: As the Covid-19 pandemic encouraged the remote working trend, many countries are offering digital nomad visas (a document or program that gives a traveller the legal right to work remotely while residing away from their country of residence). Countries offering digital nomad visas include - Costa Rica, Portugal, Estonia, and Malta, and the list is growing
  • Tip 6: prepare for trip delays: As a digital nomad you may be travelling between places by air or road or both. Travel insurance can help if your flight is delayed by more than 12 hours. Also, if you’re renting a car we offer cover for the rental car insurance excess on our Explorer Plan if your rental car is damaged or stolen. Cover is also available for the replacement of the rental car keys if lost, stolen or damaged during the rental period.

Travel insurance tip: our travel insurance policy doesn’t replace the need for you to purchase rental vehicle insurance or damage waiver cover through the rental vehicle company covering physical damage and theft of the rental car and your liability to third parties for injury or property damage while the rental car is in your care or control.

  • Tip 7: follow any local health and safety guidelines: always research COVID-19 health and safety guidelines for your intended destination(s) as it could save you time and money. Many countries have introduced strict rules for travellers (including quarantine, a negative COVID-19 test, and in some cases a digital COVID-19 passport to prove you’ve been vaccinated).

Does my travel insurance cover my tech?

Watch the video to learn how our travel policy can provide cover for all of your tech gear during your travels.

Am I covered for Coronavirus while travelling?

As of 17 June 2021, World Nomads now offers Irish travellers cover for some Coronavirus-related events. Benefit limits, conditions and exclusions apply, and cover varies depending on the plan you choose.

What's not covered by travel insurance?

Some of the main exclusions include:

  • When you leave your gear unattended
  • Electronic malfunctions (you can take that up with the manufacturer)
  • Theft or damage incurred when your device is checked in with your luggage 
  • Items that you can't prove that you own (for example, you don't have a record of their purchase) 

This is not a full list of what's covered and not covered.  Other terms, conditions and exclusions apply. Please read your Policy Wording carefully. If you’re not sure if something is covered or how to claim, contact us and we’ll let you know.

Bag snatched in Latvia.

It was my final day in Riga, Latvia. In my small bag I keep all my valuables, because hostels can't always be reliable with safekeeping. It contained my new GoPro, Iphone, digital camera, laptop and hard drive, plus my emergency money (200 euros). I planned on using my cameras and computer for editing later that afternoon. The coast was amazing and, as it got late, I decided to take the train back to Riga city. As I was getting off the train, down the vertical steep steps, I had my bag snatched off my shoulder. In seconds, the doors closed and the train pulled off. Telling authorities on the platforms immediately, they could not assist and referred me straight to the police. Feeling helpless, I went to the police where I was kept for hours, because of English barriers and translations of documents. I walked out just after midnight with my report. A day trip I won't forget soon.
C.E. Australian in Latvia.

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?
  • Close relative suddenly dies?

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
  • Passport or tech stolen?
  • Airline lost your gear?
  • Bags delayed?

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.


Here are our most frequently asked questions about overseas medical insurance. You can also find the answers to other questions in our Helpdesk or you can ask our customer service team. If you’re looking for general travel advice, you can ask our community at Ask a Nomad.