Don't let your medical expenses bury you.

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This page is for U.S residents.

We’ve seen some pretty hairy accidents and illnesses, from aneurysms to scooter accidents, and at least one shark bite! When the unexpected happens, our 24/7 emergency medical assistance teams will support you and your family, so you can focus on getting better.

What Overseas Medical Expenses are covered by travel insurance?

If you’re injured or get sick while you’re traveling, and you’ve bought the policy for the activities you’re doing, you can be covered for:

  • Hospitalization
  • Out-patient treatment for medical emergencies
  • Prescribed medicines, X-rays, and laboratory tests
  • Being brought home, if medically necessary

We also have 24 hour multi-lingual assistance teams who can guide you to the nearest hospital, set up direct payments to the medical facility, and help you navigate local customs. Coverage may depend on your past medical history, what's happened to you, and any other conditions, limits, or exclusions of cover as described in your policy.

What’s not covered?

Travel insurance isn’t designed to cover everything. Common claims for overseas medical expenses we see where there's no cover include:

  • If you've taken drugs or alcohol
  • That rash you picked up on your last trip
  • Where you've been acting like an idiot
  • Non-emergency treatment that can wait until you return home (it's not health insurance, it's for travel emergencies)
  • Jumping on a motorbike without a helmet or license
  • Care or treatment that is payable under any other insurance policy

This is not a full list of what's covered and what's not covered. There are limits and conditions that apply, so for more information check out our articles on overseas medical coverage and adventure sports coverage, and read your policy carefully before you buy.

How to get medical assistance.

It’s essential that you get in contact with our assistance teams as soon as possible so that our teams can support you from the time you fall sick or get injured until the time you're well again.

So that our Emergency Assistance teams can assist you quickly, please be ready with the following:

  • Your policy number
  • A contact number for where you are now
  • The nature of your problem
  • Your location

Monkey Bite!

While visiting the Monkey Forest in Bali, I was bitten by a monkey and blood was drawn. After returning to our hotel we then visited a local doctor the same evening of the bite. I received the first Rabies vaccination and then went to the International SOS office in Bali for an examination. There I received a second rabies shot, and then immunoglobin shots.
Claim paid: USD $3516.77
S.Dutter. U.S Resident in Indonesia.

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
  • Are you or your family sick, injured or dead?
  • Natural disaster or terrorist attack where you’re going?
  • Called to active service?

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 drugs quick?
  • Accidentally injured?
  • Suddenly sick?

We’ve got your back.

Evacuation and Repatriation

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

  • Explorer Plan: $500,000
  • Standard Plan: $300,000
Evacuation and Repatriation
  • Banged up abroad?
  • Need to get to hospital urgently?
  • You or a family member dies?

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
  • Go Pro Gone?
  • Laptop Lost?
  • Sports Gear Stolen?

Help starts here.

  • Emergency Accident & Sickness Medical Expense
  • Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation
  • Trip Cancellation
  • Trip Interruption
  • Trip Delay
  • Baggage & Personal Effects
  • Baggage Delay (outward journey only)
  • Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) – where permissible
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment
  • One Call 24-Hour Assistance Services
  • One Call Non-Medical Emergency Evacuation 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?

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.
Aurelie's portrait photo
Aurelie Menard,
Emergency Assistance, World Nomads

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

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FAQ

Here are our most frequently asked questions about overseas medical insurance. You can also find the answers to other questions in our Helpdesk or you can ask our customer service team. If you’re looking for general travel advice, you can ask our community at Ask a Nomad.