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Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Insurance

Travel insurance can cover repatriation if you encounter a medical emergency abroad and need to be evacuated.

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Whether you’re trekking to see Machu Picchu, surfing in Maui, scuba diving off the coast of Thailand, or skiing in Canada, accidents or sickness can happen at any time during your trip. If you’re far from appropriate medical facilities, emergency evacuation insurance can help get you the care you need.   

What are the benefits of emergency evacuation insurance?

Unexpected medical emergencies can happen at any time, whether you’re near or far from home. Appendicitis, a broken leg, animal bites and even a bout of severe food poisoning have all sent travelers to the hospital. But what happens if the nearest hospital or appropriate medical facility is dozens or even hundreds of miles away?

Medical transport – particularly Medevac flights – can cost tens of thousands of dollars. What could be a lifesaver could deplete your savings. Emergency evacuation and repatriation coverage may cover, up to the policy limits, the cost to get you to the closest appropriate medical facility or home for further treatment. 

What is the difference between emergency evacuation and repatriation?

An emergency evacuation involves transporting patients to a hospital or other medical facility in order to be treated.

Repatriation is a type of evacuation that returns travelers back home, typically after their condition has stabilized and when a doctor advises that they should no longer travel. 

And in a worst-case scenario, if a traveler dies on vacation, World Nomads travel insurance also covers repatriation of remains. It’s not an easy thing to think about, but it does happen from time to time.

What does World Nomads insurance cover? 

Under your World Nomads plan, emergency medical evacuation is covered if it’s recommended by the attending physician 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:

  • Air ambulance or Medevac flights
  • Sea level aircraft
  • Helicopter
  • Ground ambulance 

The key thing to remember is that you need to get pre-authorization for a medical evacuation.

What's not covered by emergency evacuation insurance? 

Our travel insurance plans exclude coverage for any of the following:

  • Any incidents related to drug and alcohol abuse. 
  • Participation as an athlete in professional sports or participating in extreme sports.
  • Participation in any military maneuver or training exercise.
  • Traveling for the purpose of securing medical treatment.
  • Continuing medical care at home.
  • Losses related to illegal behavior. 

This is not a full list of what's covered and what's not covered. Other limits and conditions may apply. Any example scenarios provided above are not a guarantee of coverage. All claims are subject to review, require documentation and are considered individually Please read your policy wording in full and contact us if you have any questions, we’re happy to help.

How to get medical assistance

 In the event of a life-threatening emergency, call the local emergency authorities first to receive immediate assistance, and then  contact our 27/7 Emergency Assistance Team, who can support you every step of the way. 

Please be ready with the following:

  • Your policy number
  • A contact number where you can be reached
  • The nature of your problem
  • Your location

Abdominal pain in Myanmar

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.
U.S Nomad in Myanmar

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
  • Work emergency?
  • Weather delay?
  • Travel companion sick?

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
  • Accidentally injured?
  • Need a hospital?
  • Suddenly sick?

We’ve got your back.

Emergency Evacuation

We'll provide assistance to get you to the hospital or home quickly.

  • Explorer Plan: $500,000
  • Standard Plan: $300,000
Emergency Evacuation
  • Ambulance transfers
  • Medevac flights
  • Medical escort services

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
  • Stolen I.D.s
  • Checked-in sports equipment
  • Damaged luggage

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 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year before and during your trip.

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

Are you in need of emergency assistance right now?

Contact Generali Global Assistance:
Telephone: +1 954-334-8143 (Collect outside the US)
+1 877-289-0968 (Toll-free in the US and Canada

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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.

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Here are our most frequently asked questions. You can also find the answers to other questions in our Help Center 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.

  • Can I choose my own medical evacuation provider?
    You can, but World Nomads negotiates rates with preferred providers and will only pay up to that negotiated rate, even if you use an out-of-network provider. It’s easier if you contact the 24/7 Emergency Assistance team. Our staff can arrange the evacuation service for you.
  • Can a family member join me at the hospital?
    If you’re alone at the hospital for at least seven days and aren’t planning a return anytime soon, it’s possible that a family member or another person you choose, be sent to your bedside to accompany you.