For when you have to cancel your trip unexpectedly
For information relating to policies purchased prior to 17 June 2021, please check the Policy Wording provided with your purchase. You can contact us if you need this sent to you again. For policies purchased from 17 June 2021 please see below.
Cancellation insurance is there for when life throws you a curve ball, making sure you’re not out of pocket if you’ve had to put your journey on hold.
From jury duty to an unexpected illness or redundancy, there are many reasons why you may have to stay at home instead of taking a cooking class in Chiang Mai… even if that’s the last place you want to be.
As long as you haven’t left home, we may cover you if you have to cancel your trip under certain circumstances like:
In addition, travellers with the Explorer Plan may be covered if the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) or similar body in the circumstances issues a travel warning advising against ’all travel’ or ‘all but essential travel’ to a specific region or country and that warning was first given after you purchased your policy and after you booked the trip.
While epidemics and pandemics are excluded from the Cancellation, Curtailment & Trip Resumption sections as well as the Trip Interruption sections of our policy, there may be some benefits available to you if you've purchased our Explorer Plan, which includes a Coronavirus Travel Costs section.
If you have purchased the Explorer Plan, you may have some cover for trip cancellation or curtailment events that are outside of your control and caused by:
You can check out our What’s covered for Coronavirus article which has all of the details, including benefit limits and exclusions
There are a number of things you’re not covered for if you cancel or curtail your trip. These include but are not limited to:
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.
Depending on your claim, you'll need copies of:
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You can still purchase a World Nomads policy if you have a Pre-Existing Medical Condition (PEMC) – whether it is serious or not – but we won’t cover any claim/s made by any traveller under the policy as a result of this condition (this includes if you’re on separate or joint policies). This exclusion can’t be removed from the policy.
The Money and Pensions Service (MaPS) has a travel insurance directory on its Money Advice Service website, or you can contact the service on 0800 138 7777. This service provides details on what may be considered a PEMC, and travel insurance providers that may cover serious PEMCs, which may assist travellers wanting cover for these conditions.
If you need medical assistance or emergency medical evacuation our team is 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?
Phone: +353 21 237 8005 (Call via an operator reverse charges. Not toll free.)
Phone: +61 2 8263 0470 (Call via an operator reverse charges. Not toll free.)
Wherever you are, whatever has happened, our multi-lingual assistance teams are here to help you and your family.
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Here are our most frequently asked questions about buying travel insurance for cancellation. You can also find the answers to other questions in our Help Center or you can ask the customer service team.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel - Need to know before you buy
Our policies provide cover for some coronavirus-related events. Cover is not available for loss arising from: government intervention including travel bans, border closures or broadly imposed quarantine requirements; events for which the Government has warned against all, or all but essential, travel for your destination(s), or failure to follow advice from official bodies. Your ability to travel may be affected by travel restrictions. Check your cover and the latest government advice and our travel insurance alerts.