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Travel insurance for medical repatriation 

When home is the best place for healthcare and healing  

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When you take yourself on an adventure to the far ends of the earth, whether it’s skijoring across the snow or surfing on spring break, accidents (or illnesses) are bound to happen. While we hope that things don’t go to the extreme, sometimes home (besides being where the heart is) is where you can get the best medical attention. Whether you’re traveling solo or with your family, World Nomads can help you get safely there.

What’s covered  

After World Nomads and your local doctor have given you the go-ahead to return home, then we may cover:

  • One-way economy airfare to return you to your home; or
  • Fares for additional seats should you need to accommodate a stretcher; or
  • Flight upgrade to business class when a stretcher isn’t necessary;
  • Round-trip airfare for a medical escort when a requirement by the airline or when medically necessary.

What's not covered 

While your safety and health are our utmost concern, we don’t cover:

  • Incidents related to the intake of alcohol or drugs (see policy wording)
  • Unnecessary upgrades or other non-cost-effective options
  • Medical expenses incurred back home
  • Accidents that are a result of irresponsible or risky behavior
  • Medical emergencies related to pre-existing conditions.

Am I covered for COVID-19 related medical repatriation and evacuation?

Depending on your Country of Residence, you may have access to cover for repatriation if you’re diagnosed with COVID-19. If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 while overseas, your cover may include:

  • 24/7 access to our Emergency Assistance team, who can help you access local medical care;
  • Medical hospitalisation;
  • Evacuation or repatriation if deemed medically necessary by us and in consultation with your attending medical practitioner.

To find out what cover applies to you, read our What's Covered for Coronavirus article, which has all of the details, including benefit limits, conditions and exclusions.

Coverage depends on your Country of Residence and varies between plans.

Our policies aren’t designed to cover everything, so take the time to read the terms, conditions, limitations and exclusions in the policy wording for full details so that there are no surprises if you need to use it. If you’re not sure if something is covered get in touch.

How to get medical assistance. 

It’s essential that you get in contact with ourEmergency Assistance team as soon as possible. Our team can support you from the time you get sick or injured until the time you get home. 

To expedite your call, please be ready with the following: 

  • Your policy number 
  • A contact number where you can be reached  
  • The nature of your problem 
  • Your location 

Abdominal pain in Myanmar

On my second day in Burma, I woke up in the middle of the night with intense abdominal distress. I was rushed to the Asia Royal Hospital and immediately taken for evaluation and an ultrasound. I had a large mass in my abdomen and evacuated to Bangkok that evening to see a specialist. I was admitted to Bumrungrad International Hospital, where I stayed for eight days for a battery of tests, including several ultrasounds, a CT scan, and two aspirations of what turned out to be a renal cyst. After a conditional discharge, where I was restricted to rest, I was deemed stable enough to be evacuated. Two days later I was on a flight back to the U.S., where I am now continuing treatment.
U.S Nomad in Myanmar

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 hospitalized?
  • 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
Wherever you are, we’re here 24/7 to help you in any emergency.
Aurelie's portrait photo
Aurelie Menard,
Emergency Assistance, World Nomads

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. You can also find the answers to other questions in our Help Center or you can ask the customer service team.

  • Can my mother come and get me?
    Yes, in some situations we can send your mum over to pick you up if you need mobility support. If you’re on any kind of administrative medication, then we might send you a nurse or doctor.
  • What happens I’m on life support?
    That’s a really bad way to end your holiday, and we hope you never end on life support. But if you do, we will look at the best possible solution to either get you home, or get your family over there to say goodbye.