When your illness or injury stops you in your tracks & you have to get home for treatment.

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Serious accidents or illnesses can happen at any time during your trip, whether you’re trekking through the Eurasian Steppe or (not so) simply crossing the road in Vietnam. And if it’s bad enough to end your trip mid-way or if our medical teams recommend you return home for treatment, our repatriation cover can help get you home as fast as possible.

Medical evacuations are expensive, costing up to $300,000 and more, depending on where you are, and the amount of medical support you might need. That's what our emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance in all of our plans is designed to cover. Plus, our expert assistance teams take the pressure off, by negotiating the complexities of hospitals, specialist transportation, airline approvals and medical escorts so you (and your family) can focus on your recovery.

If you need medical repatriation, then it's really important that you (or someone else if you can't) contact our our Emergency Assistance so they can make arrangements and get pre-authorisation for your repatriation home. Our doctors and nurses have seen many horrific accidents and illnesses, and have helped thousands of travellers get home safely to fully recover. 

How World Nomads travel insurance can get you home. 

Travel insurance is made to cover emergency treatment overseas and, if necessary, to rearrange your initial travel plans or for specialist medical transportation to get you home. If our medical teams believe it’s necessary to bring you home for treatment or ongoing care, there’s cover in all of our policies for:

  • Air Ambulance
  • Sea Level Aircraft
  • Helicopter evac
  • Ground Ambulance
  • Flight changes, upgrades or just more space 
  • Flight upgrade + medical staff.

Depending on the policy you buy and your country of residence, there are limitations that will apply. It’s a good idea to do some research on where you’re going, so you can pick the policy that’s best for you. 

What's not covered by World Nomads travel insurance.

Travel insurance isn’t designed to cover everything. There are some cases where it's just not possible to provide cover:

  • Flight upgrades, new flights or changes without our approval (or where it's not medically necessary).
  • Refusal to return home for treatment.
  • Changing your mind to continue your trip, even if you're fit to travel.
  • Medical expenses once you're back home (as that's when travel insurance ends).
  • A joyflight to get down off the mountain after you've reached Base Camp.

This is not a full list of what's covered and what's not covered. There are limits and conditions that apply, so for more information check out our article on medical transport and repatriation and read your policy carefully before you buy.

How to get medical assistance.

It’s essential that you get in contact with our emergency assistance teams as soon as possible, so that our teams can support you from the time your fall sick of get injured until the time you get home.

So that our Emergency Assistance teams can assist you quickly, please be ready with the following:

  • Your policy number
  • A contact number
  • 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 Asia Royal Hospital and immediately taken for evaluation and ultrasound in their Emergency Room. It was determined that I had a large mass in my abdomen (it was believed then on my liver) and needed to see a specialist. It was determined that it was safe for me to fly and I was evacuated to Bangkok, Thailand, that evening. I was admitted immediately via ER to Bumrungrad International Hospital. I stayed there for 8 days for a battery of tests, including several ultrasounds, a CT scan, and two aspirations of what it was now clear is a renal cyst. I was able to be conditionally discharged from BI Hospital after 8 days, but I was restricted to rest in a hotel until a follow up in order to determine if it was safe to evacuate me back to the US at that time. Upon my return to BI Hospital, I was able to be evacuated, and with Oncall and Tripmate, I was able to be given a flight two days later and return back to the US, where I am now receiving local 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

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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.

World Nomads Travel Insurance was reviewed on Trust Pilot on 1st August 2017 and rated 4 stars


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

  • Can my mum 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.