If your overseas trip suddenly comes to a halt due to you or a traveling companion being diagnosed with Coronavirus (COVID-19), the first thing you need to do is get help from a medical practitioner or a hospital as soon as possible.
Travel insurance tip: depending on your Country of Residence and where you are, there may be Reciprocal Health Care Agreements in place (the 24/7 Emergency Assistance Team will let you know) but either way, take advantage of the public health system where possible, as there are exclusions for receiving private treatment when public care is available.
As soon as you know that you’ll be in hospital or quarantine due to a confirmed case of COVID-19 and you won’t be able to use any pre-booked or pre-paid accommodation, transport or tours, you must try to rearrange them, or if necessary, cancel.
Just remember, if you decide to rearrange, we’ll only pay up to the amount it would have cost you to cancel those arrangements. If you don’t rearrange or cancel straight away, we won’t cover any additional rearrangement or cancellation costs that arise as a result. But you should only cancel arrangements when it’s absolutely necessary.
For example: you must minimize your expenses by notifying your transport provider as soon as possible of any issues caused by another common carrier which may affect your connecting transport.
You’ll need to keep all your receipts, along with your itineraries and booking and cancellation confirmations for any affected travel arrangements for when you claim. If you don’t do this, we may reduce or reject your claim.
To support your claim, you’ll need to get the following:
As part of World Nomads insurance coverage, we offer cover for some Coronavirus-related events on our Standard and Explorer plans. When selecting a plan, please take the time to read your policy wording as there are limits on your coverage depending on your Country of Residence and on which plan you have purchased.
World Nomads can offer benefits for medical issues related to Coronavirus. If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 while overseas and it’s not considered an ‘existing medical condition’ under our policy, your benefits may include:
Depending on your Country of Residence you could have access to Coronavirus Travel Costs (Explorer Plan only) for certain events such as cancellation or trip interruption and if:
You can check out our Coronavirus cover article which has all the details, including benefit limits and exclusions.
All travel insurance plans are different, and cover will vary, depending on what's happened, your Country of Residence, the plan you choose and any options or upgrades you buy. Your policy will always have the full details.
If you have questions about what's covered and not covered, just ask us.
Don’t forget to read the policy wording when you hit the quote button as all plans are different – don’t just assume you’re covered in every situation, as conditions or exclusions may apply.
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Check out our True Claims video below to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how we help travelers. Our suggestions should help you when things go wrong and you want to make a claim
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 wording 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, get in touch.
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