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Travel insurance for trip cancellation

Medical emergencies. Strikes. Hurricanes and tornadoes. When things don’t go as planned, there’s trip cancellation.

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Nobody wants to plan (and pay for) a trip that’s not going to happen. If you need to unexpectedly cancel for a covered reason, World Nomads can help you recoup your investment. 

What's covered 

Let’s face it: not everything goes as planned and sometimes the Plan B is putting the brakes on the trip altogether. We cover trip cancellation in the following case scenarios:  

  •  When a physician certifies, after examination and treatment, that you or your travel companion aren’t able to travel for medical reasons.
  • A close family member gets sick (with documented treatment) or dies.
  • You or your travel companion are being required to work (you must supply a notarized statement from your employer).
  • Your destination residence is no longer liveable as the result of an unforeseen natural disaster such as an earthquake or flood.
  • You or your travel companion are required to serve on a jury or subpoenaed within 10 days of departure.
  • You or your travel companion are active military personnel and are being called to emergency duty to provide relief in a natural disaster.

What's not covered 

Travel insurance is not designed to cover everything, so take the time to read the policy for full details on what may not be covered under trip cancellation coverage. For example: 

  • A pre-existing medical condition that was or is not stable during the required time period.
  • A travel visa or passport is not issued in time for your trip due to your late application or previous refusal.
  • If a natural disaster was forecast or announced before you purchased your policy.
  • When you change your mind on a whim.
  • You and travel companions are bickering, and you can’t stand the thought of spending time with them.

Any questions? Contact us. 

Making your claim

Depending on your case, you'll need copies of:

  • Receipts
  • Itineraries
  • Doctors/death certificates
  • Medical history 
  • Written documentation from your travel provider explaining the reason for cancellation and any proof of compensation 

Wife's accident cancels Kilimanjaro

I had to cancel my trip to Tanzania because my wife hurt her back in an accident. I was supposed to leave in three days, but it is impossible now because I have to take her to the hospital for a scan. I paid for a Kilimanjaro climb which is not refundable because it was too close to my departure date. I also put down a deposit for a three-day safari and had to cancel flights and my volunteer job.

S.K. Norwegian Nomad

Travel Insurance Benefits: how we can take care of you

Trip Protection

Protect your hard earned vacation from unexpected cancellation.

  • Explorer Plan: $10,000
  • Standard Plan: $2,500
Trip Protection
  • Unexpectedly hospitalised?
  • Travel buddy unfit to travel?
  • Close relative suddenly dies?

We’ve got your back.

Emergency Medical Insurance

Take the pain out of medical or dental costs.

  • Explorer Plan: $100,000
  • Standard Plan: $100,000
Emergency Medical Insurance
  • Need meds quick?
  • Accidentally injured?
  • Suddenly sick?

We’ve got your back.

Emergency Evacuation

Emergency medical transportation: we’ll get you to hospital or home quickly.

  • Explorer Plan: $500,000
  • Standard Plan: $300,000
Emergency Evacuation
  • Banged up abroad?
  • Need a hospital urgently?
  • Medivac home?

Help starts here.

Protect your gear

Covers the loss, theft or damage of your bags, tech and gear.

  • Explorer Plan: $3,000
  • Standard Plan: $1,000
Protect your gear
  • Passport or tech stolen?
  • Airline lost your gear?
  • Bags delayed?

Help starts here.

  • Emergency Accident & Sickness Medical Expense
  • Repatriation of Remains
  • Trip Cancellation
  • Trip Interruption
  • Trip Delay
  • Baggage & Personal Effects
  • Baggage Delay (outward journey only)
  • Rental Car Damage – where permissible
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment
  • Generali Global Assistance 24-Hour Assistance Services
  • Generali Global Assistance Non-Medical Emergency Transportation Services
This is a general summary for US residents only. Restrictions, exclusions and limitations will apply. Benefit limits may vary depending on the plan chosen. Check the plan documents for full details.

24/7 emergency assistance

Whether you need medical or dental assistance or advice, emergency evacuation or travel assistance, our team 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?

For policies purchased on or after 1 January 2020:
Contact Generali Global Assistance:
Telephone: +1 954-334-8143 (Collect outside the US)
+1 877-289-0968 (Toll-free in the US and Canada)

For policies purchased before 1 January 2020:
Contact One Call Worldwide Travel Services Network
Telephone +1-855-878-9588 (toll free within the US and Canada)
or +1-603-328-1329 (toll free outside the US and Canada)

Contact the team
Wherever you are, we’re here 24/7 to help you in any emergency.
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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.

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

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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 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.

  • Is there a time period that I have to claim within?
    For trip cancellation claims, our policies require you to notify us within 72 hours and submit required documentation within 90 days. If you're waiting on documentation, just let our customer service team know, so they can make a note.