World Nomads FAQ’s can help you plan for future travel
The Coronavirus pandemic is the single biggest challenge travelers have faced in the last 50 years. While visa and travel rules frequently change, they rarely do so on the scale we’re seeing around the world.
Before you even think about packing your bags it’s more important than ever to start planning as you’ll need to add some extra check boxes to your normal To Do list before you go.
Depending on your Country of Residence and your selected plan, travel insurance may help if:
Many countries now require travelers to have coronavirus-specific travel insurance. Whether you want to purchase travel insurance or not, the choice may be taken out of your hands if you want to travel to specific countries. Travel insurance requirements range from requiring basic medical cover for emergencies, to a full travel insurance policy that includes cover for specific Coronavirus-related events such as quarantine.
Once you’re fully vaccinated (which may mean more than one dose depending on the vaccine and if you need a booster shot), and you’ve been given the all-clear from your medical practitioner to travel, you may need proof of vaccination with your airline, hotel, tour operator or at passport control. Research entry requirements for the countries you’re visiting as they may need a specific format of vaccine passport. Always travel with original or digital copies of your vaccination. You may also be asked to show evidence of being vaccinated by your airline, hotel, and when arriving at your intended destination.
We’ve seen many countries open and then close their borders as Coronavirus cases fall and then increase. Once you’ve booked a trip, you’ll need to keep an eye on border restrictions and entry requirements at the country you’re traveling to, as well as for your own country of residence. Some governments are advising their citizens to not travel to certain countries. It may affect any claims you make under your travel insurance cover if you travel to a destination against your government’s advice.
Look out for any last-minute government travel updates, as well as notifications from airlines and other travel companies you’ve made bookings with.
Unless you’re staying with family or friends while traveling, you’ll be booking hotels, hostels, or campgrounds, as well as tours and activities in advance. Check with your accommodation provider and tour operator to find out if there are any last-minute cancellations or changes to Coronavirus requirements. Some hotels or hostels may require visitors to be vaccinated or to show a negative PCR test in some cases 48 or 72 hours before arrival.
It’s great that your vaccinated and have proof of it (like a vaccine passport) but you may still need a specific vaccine with some countries specifying which vaccines are eligible for entry, and yours may not be on the list. Check the entry requirements of any country you are planning to visit well ahead of your travel date to allow enough time to take any tests and confirm the vaccine you’ve taken is approved for entry. If it’s not on the list – it won’t matter if you've been vaccinated, you won’t be let in.
This really depends on your Country of Residence and the plan you purchase. Some of our policies offer cover for some Coronavirus-related events but these may vary between plans. While one policy might offer cover for the cost of your quarantine, another may not. Make sure you select your chosen plan carefully and that you know what you're covered for before making a purchase.
Note: Travel insurance isn’t designed to cover everything. Read your policy carefully and make sure you know what’s covered and what’s not before you buy. Benefit limits, terms and conditions and specific exclusions apply.
If you're experiencing a medical emergency and need medical help, contact our 24/7 Emergency Assistance Team who can help direct you to medical help, and if necessary, work with local authorities to repatriate you home, subject to the terms and conditions of your policy.
For more information on planning ahead and safeguarding your trip against Coronavirus check out the following articles:
Check out our True Claims video below to get a behind the scenes glimpse of how we help travelers when something goes wrong.
Never travel without 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.
I recently had a serious injury traveling on my own & the team was amazing. Being confused with a brain injury they took care of everything. Claiming was no problem, they were on the phone constantly to see if all was OK. I can't recommend them enough. Absolutely fantastic & l will always travel with World Nomads Insurance. Thanks guys for getting me home safely.
I was bitten by a monkey at the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur. I went to a nearby clinic and they gave me a rabies shot, antibiotics to take for 4 days, pain medicine, and anti-inflammatory medicine.
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