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Travel Insurance for Europe

Travelling to Europe offers a myriad of exciting choices such as arts, culture, food, and sporting events. The possibilities are endless!

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One of the great travel regions of the world, Europe has something for everyone. From natural wonders to beautiful cities there’s no shortage of adventures to be had! Whether you’re skiing in Switzerland, hiking the Via Ferrata in Italy or sailing the seas of Croatia, World Nomads has cover available for you.

What’s Covered

World Nomads offers coverage (up to the policy limits) for:

  • Emergency overseas medical: if you become sick or injured during your trip your policy may cover you for overseas medical expenses, up to the policy limits and when agreed by us. 
  • Medical evacuation and repatriation: if you need emergency transport home due to a serious illness or injury. With our coverage, you can get transported to the medical facility best for your care, subject to approval from us
  • Travel delays/interruption: if your trip is interrupted due to an insured event. Depending on your plan, you may be able to recover your travel expenses.
  • Baggage and valuables: if your belongings are stolen, accidentally damaged, delayed or lost. Terms and conditions apply. You’ll need official reports, supporting documentation and copies of your receipts if you need to make a claim.
  • Family plans: add your children and grandchildren to our policies at no extra cost. Our cover includes 2 adults and up to 8 dependents on the one policy.
  • Adventure, activities and sports: we cover more than 150 activities, sports and experiences across land, sea and sky. Check before you buy that your adventure is covered and find out what policy upgrade options may be available.
  • Cover for some Coronavirus-related events: Both our plans offer cover for coronavirus-related events. Our Explorer Plan also has a Coronavirus Travel Costs benefit for certain events. You can check out our Coronavirus cover article which has more details, including terms and conditions, benefit limits and exclusions. 
Montmartre, France
Street in Montmartre France. Photo credit: Getty images / iStockphoto

What to look out for when travelling around Europe

Multi-Destination Trips

If you’re backpacking your way around Europe, staying in hostels, going out on the town, and adventuring whenever you can, travel insurance may provide cover for medical emergencies and evacuation, stolen items, and more than 150 adventures, sports and activities including volunteering and working.


Travelling as a family can be an incredibly rewarding experience and what better place to have a family adventure than Europe! Our policies can help cover for medical emergency, pregnancy, coronavirus, trip interruption and provide 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance. Cover includes two adults and up to eight dependents on one policy. You can find more information on family cover by checking out our family travel insurance article.

Winter Activities

Winter activities in Europe are like a fairy tale. From hiking in the Swiss Alps, to Husky sledding in Finland, and snowboarding in Cervinia in Italy, our travel insurance offers more than 150 activities, sports and experiences.

Summer Adventures

An adventure-lovers dream, you can enjoy your European summer odyssey knowing our policies may cover you for a range of activities including hiking trips, road trips, kayaking and rafting and sailing.

We offer two plans for New Zealand residents – Standard and Explorer. Each policy provides different levels of coverage depending on what you need:

  • The Standard Plan covers a range of benefits and certain adventure activities and has lower coverage limits.
  • Our level of activities and sports cover starts at Level 1 and goes all the way up to level 3 for some more extreme activities. The Explorer Plan will come in handy if you want to be covered for certain activities and sports that are only covered at level 2 or 3. You must select all your activities and sports and pay the additional premium. The selected activities as well as the highest level of cover will be shown on your Certificate of Insurance. 

How do the levels of activity and sports cover work?

Level 1 - Automatically covers Level 1 sports, activities & experiences in the Standard Plan and Explorer Plan. Low-risk adventure sports and activities listed as Level 1.

Level 2 - Upgrade required - Also includes Level 1 sports, activities & experiences. Higher-risk adventure sports and activities listed as Level 2.

Level 3 - Upgrade required - Also includes Level 1 & 2 sports, activities & experiences. Highest-risk adventure sports and activities listed as Level 3 (including snow sports).

Simply specify all the activities you have planned for your trip when you get your quote, as you can’t add them afterwards. Terms, conditions, limitations and exclusions apply, check your Policy Document for details or contact us.

Trentino, Italy, Alto Adige
Trentino-Alto Adige is a region in northern Italy. Photo credit: Getty images

What to look out for when travelling around Europe

  • Severe weather: some parts of Europe can experience four seasons in one day, and some destinations are prone to natural disasters. If your trip is interrupted or cancelled as a result of severe weather you may be able to claim. 
  • Keep an eye on your gear 24/7: It’s very important that you NEVER leave your valuables unsupervised. If you're after travel insurance cover for your tech gear and other high value items read more here. You should also make copies of all key documents you’ll be traveling with — passport, ID, travel insurance, receipts, vouchers, addresses, transportation tickets — and keep them separate from the originals while abroad so you’ll have backups and proof of purchase if anything happens.
  • Baggage theft or loss: if you’re on a European road trip and your rental car gets broken into, or your airline loses your bags, you may be able to claim to replace the item or claim for essential clothing and toiletries while you wait for your bag to be returned. Our Explorer plan can also offer cover for your rental vehicle insurance excess.
  • Pickpockets: While most countries in Europe are amongst the safest to travel to there is always the chance that you might end up being pickpocketed in many top tourist hotspots. If your items are stolen travel insurance could help replace them.

What’s not covered

Our policies aren’t designed to cover everything and there are some important general exclusions you should be aware of, including:

  • Existing medical conditions – see the Policy Document for details.
  • Traveling to, planning to travel to, or choosing to remain in a country or region that is subject to a ‘Do Not Travel’ warning issued by the New Zealand Government (see
  • Participation in a sport or activity not listed or failing to adhere to the terms of coverage for listed sports or activities.
  • Unsupervised baggage or personal items, including any items left in a locked car overnight.
  • If you don’t follow your doctor’s instructions or what we or the 24/7 Emergency Assistance Team advise you to do.
  • Being intoxicated by alcohol or drugs.
  • Any pregnancy-related illness after the 26th week of gestation. *Childbirth; regular antenatal care; care of a newborn child.

Be sure to read the Policy Document and General Exclusions for other scenarios and expenses we don’t cover so there’ll be no surprises if you need to use your cover.

Handy tips for travelling in Europe

  • Always check the Visa requirements – some countries require you to have at least 6 months validity on your passports and some may require Visas that can take several weeks to organise.
  • Pack light – especially if you’ll be travelling around Europe using public transport.
  • Check for discounts – many cities offer tourist discount cards which may give you discounts on attraction entry fees, transport and even restaurants.
  • Book attraction tickets in advance – if you know your plans then consider booking ahead for popular tourist sites such as the Vatican, London Eye and Eiffel Tower as tickets can sell out and some attractions require pre-booking.

This is only a summary of coverage and does not include the full terms, conditions, limitations and exclusions of the policy. You should read your Policy Document in full, so you understand what is and isn’t covered. That way there won’t be any surprises if you need to use it. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

The information provided is of a general nature and is provided for information purposes only. It does not constitute financial advice in any form and should not be relied on as a substitute for obtaining professional advice that is specific to your circumstances. You should seek advice from a financial advice provider if you would like further information about whether a particular product is appropriate for you and your circumstances.

Traveller tip: if you’ve already arrived in Europe and you forgot to buy travel insurance before leaving New Zealand, don’t panic. You can visit the World Nomads website at any time of the day or night and purchase a policy. Please note there are waiting periods that apply when purchasing a policy while already travelling, to find out more check out our waiting period Help Centre article here.

True Claims Stories

Never travel without travel insurance. This was the first time I ever purchased travel insurance and I am so glad I did. A few days into my trip to Spain I twisted my foot heading down to the metro. Thanks to World Nomads I was able to get medical attention in Spain, and since, as luck would have it, I had a fracture that required surgery, they got me a flight home the next day. Filing a claim was surprisingly easy and when the claim was finally processed, I was reimbursed for all of my expenses including things like the extra week in the hotel I didn't get to take advantage of.
U.S resident in Spain

Travel Insurance Benefits: how we can take care of you

Trip Cancellation

Protect your trip from unexpected cancellation.

  • Explorer Plan: Unlimited
  • Standard Plan: $5,000
Trip Protection
  • Unexpectedly hospitalised?
  • Travel buddy unfit to travel?
  • Been made redundant?

We’ve got your back.

Emergency Medical Overseas

Take the pain out of medical costs.

  • Explorer Plan: Unlimited
  • Standard Plan: $5,000,000
Emergency Medical Insurance
  • Need meds quick?
  • Accidentally injured?
  • Suddenly sick?

We’ve got your back.

Emergency Medical Transport

We'll get you to hospital in a flash

  • Explorer Plan: Unlimited
  • Standard Plan: $500,000
Evacuation and Repatriation
  • Banged up abroad?
  • Need a hospital urgently?
  • Medivac home?

Help starts here.

Protect your gear

Cover your stolen or damaged gear and tech.

  • Explorer Plan: $10,000
  • Standard Plan: $2,000
Protect your gear
  • Luggage lost?
  • Passport pilfered?
  • Tech trashed?

Help starts here.

  • Overseas Medical Expenses
  • Emergency dental treatment
  • 24 hour assistance
  • Emergency medical transport & repatriation
  • Cancellation costs
  • Trip interruption costs
  • Compassionate emergency visit home
  • Resumption of trip
  • Theft or accidental damage to baggage and personal items
  • Baggage delay over 12 hours
  • Funeral expenses overseas or repatriation of remains
  • Personal liability
This is a general summary for New Zealand residents only. Restrictions, exclusions and limitations will apply. Benefit limits may vary depending on the plan chosen. Check the policy documents for full details.

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.

24/7 emergency assistance

If you need medical assistance or emergency medical evacuation our team is 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?

From New Zealand & Overseas:
+61 2 8263 0470 or
+61 2 8292 1470
(reverse charges via an operator from anywhere in the world)

Within Australia (Free call): 1800 611 210