What is Zika virus? Travel Advice & Insurance coverage

What’s Zika virus?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "Because Zika infection during pregnancy can cause severe birth defects, pregnant women should not travel to area with risk of Zika. Zika virus can be spread to unborn children and has been linked to a serious birth defect of the brain called microcephaly." Partners of pregnant women and couples considering pregnancy should know the risks to pregnancy and take prevention steps. All travellers should strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites and prevent sexual transmission during and after the trip.

Where in the world is Zika virus?

Specific areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission are often difficult to determine and are likely to change over time. If travelling, please visit the CDC travellers’ health site for the most updated travel information. For more information, you can also read our safety story on Zika, which contains useful advice for travelling to any country where Zika virus may be present.

What’s covered

If you are travelling, there is cover for overseas medical expenses for sudden illnesses (and unexpected complications of pregnancy except between 12 weeks before and 12 weeks after your baby’s estimated due date) and medical evacuation (if necessary) if you’re medically unfit to continue your trip.

Does World Nomads travel insurance cover medical expenses overseas? 

Yes. You’ll first need to contact your private medical insurance (PMI) provider, if applicable, and follow their emergency medical procedures and their claims procedures. Cover available under this travel insurance policy is in excess of any cover provided by your PMI. Also, provide us with details of your PMI provider to help us coordinate your care. Where your PMI provider does not cover you, contact our 24/7 Emergency Assistance team before incurring medical costs. You must let us know how you are going and keep in contact with our EA team until you no longer require treatment or assistance.

What’s not covered

Cover is not provided if you travel against the advice of a medical practitioner, if you have a pre-existing medical condition, as defined in your policy, or for normal costs associated with pregnancy. For example: routine pre-natal care, fertility treatments, elective abortions or delivery/caesareans during your trip.

The policy isn’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.

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