Travel insurance can cover repatriation if you encounter a medical emergency abroad and need to be evacuated.
When you take yourself on an adventure to the far ends of the earth, whether it’s snowmobiling across the fjords or surfing on spring break, accidents (or illnesses) are bound to happen. While we hope that things don’t go to the extreme, sometimes home (besides being where the heart is) is where you can get the best medical attention. World Nomads can help you get safely there.
You’re just about to reach the peak of a cliff when you take a tumble, and the only thing between you and a hospital is 300 miles and a way to get you there.
This is a situation where you’d be grateful for medical evacuation coverage. It’s simple: when you get hurt or sick, you should be able to get to a place where you can get the care you need, pronto.
Unfortunately, your insurance company won’t have benefits for medical expenses outside a certain geographic region or any repatriation services, for that matter. Medical transport – particularly Medevac flights – can deplete your savings. What could be a lifesaver may actually bankrupt you.
Medical evacuation is the transportation to get you to a hospital or other medical facility when you have a serious – or even life-threatening – accident or condition. The transfer could be to a different place to where you’re currently getting care or back to your home country, in which case, it’s called medical repatriation.
Under your World Nomads plan, emergency medical evacuation is covered if it’s recommended by a doctor – and pre-approved by our 24/7 Emergency Assistance team. This benefit could include transportation costs and any related medical services or supplies. If you’re going to be at the hospital for a prolonged period of time, it may also include the transportation of a family member or companion to your bedside or the return of a dependent child back to your home.
Emergency evacuation and repatriation typically takes place through a commercial flight, though other modes of transportation could include:
The key thing to remember is that you need to get pre-authorization for a medical evacuation. Our travel insurance plans exclude coverage for any of the following:
This is not a full list of what's covered and what's not covered. Other limits and conditions may apply. For more information, check out our article on medical transport and repatriation, and read your policy carefully.
Don’t forget: Besides Emergency Evacuation, World Nomads plans offer Emergency Medical coverage. You can get a summary of our plans on our page about Emergency Medical benefits.
When you’re in a crisis, you can contact our travel assistance services. Our team members can support you at every step of the way.
Please be ready with the following:
On my second day in Burma, I woke up in the middle of the night with intense abdominal distress. I was rushed to the Asia Royal Hospital and immediately taken for evaluation and an ultrasound. I had a large mass in my abdomen and evacuated to Bangkok that evening to see a specialist. I was admitted to Bumrungrad International Hospital, where I stayed for eight days for a battery of tests, including several ultrasounds, a CT scan, and two aspirations of what turned out to be a renal cyst. After a conditional discharge, where I was restricted to rest, I was deemed stable enough to be evacuated. Two days later I was on a flight back to the U.S., where I am now continuing treatment.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel - what you need to know
Please read your plan documents carefully. Cancellations due to fear of travel are not covered. However, our plan does not exclude losses associated with pandemic or epidemic conditions; meaning that if you, your traveling companion or family member were to become sick (after you purchase the plan) as a result of COVID-19, you could still receive benefits for losses covered by the plan. Learn more here www.worldnomads.com/travel-insurance/coronavirus.About Coronavirus