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Compare travel and holiday insurance quotes from £2.58*

  • Protects you from unexpected costs while travelling

  • We compare up to 40 trusted travel insurance companies

  • Compare some policies with covid cover

*The cheapest Europe policy is £2.58 (based on 1 adult aged 31, with no previous medical conditions travelling in Europe for up to 3 nights). Prices correct on the 02/11/22.

Can I get travel insurance that covers COVID-19?

Yes, you can still compare and purchase travel insurance with COVID-19 cover from Confused.com. All of our providers offer emergency medical treatment and repatriation (returning to the UK) for COVID-19 claims.

Many of our providers offer further Covid-19 related cover such as holiday cancellations, accommodation costs and denied boarding. Be sure to check the details of your policy carefully as different providers will offer different policy enhancements.

It's important to note that if you travel against advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), you won't be covered by any travel insurance policy you buy.

What is travel insurance?

Travel insurance offers peace of mind while you’re on holiday, both abroad and in the UK. It covers you if:

  • Your travel plans are cancelled
  • Your items are lost or stolen while on holiday
  • You need to pay medical expenses while abroad or in the UK

It could also cover any pre-existing medical conditions you have.

What type of travel insurance do I need?

There are several levels of holiday insurance cover, each designed to suit a different type of trip. They include:

  • Single trip travel insurance
  • Annual travel insurance, or multi trip insurance
  • Backpacker travel insurance
  • Business travel insurance

Single trip travel insurance could be useful if you’re planning a short city break or your annual family holiday. It covers you for 1 trip to a single destination for up to 2 weeks. These policies tend not to cover pre-existing medical conditions or ski cover as standard, though.

Annual travel insurance is for people who make multiple trips in a 12-month period. It usually covers you for an unlimited number of trips in one year. Each trip is usually limited to 31 days, but some travel insurance providers offer policies that cater for longer individual trips.

Backpacker travel insurance could come in handy if you’re travelling through multiple countries on a longer trip. These policies cover you for between 1 and 18 months and may be ideal for gap year travel.

Business travel insurance is an extra bit of cover that you add to a standard travel insurance policy. It provides cover for your laptop and other business equipment while abroad, as well as any company money that’s lost or stolen.

Why is travel insurance important?

A travel insurance policy offers peace of mind that you aren’t left out of pocket if:

  • Bad weather causes flight delays
  • Your airline goes bust
  • You or someone travelling with you falls ill and can’t travel
  • Any of your items are stolen or lost
  • You fall ill while on holiday and need to come home early

Without a travel insurance policy, you could have to pay the bill yourself.

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What does travel insurance cover?

All travel insurance policies bought through Confused.com have emergency medical expenses and return travel included. So long as you’re travelling in line with FCDO advice, this includes if you get Covid-19 while abroad.

Emergency medical treatment is included on all policies if you or anyone covered under the policy falls ill on holiday and needs medical assistance. Your policy covers any expenses you might have to pay too.

Since the UK left the EU in 2020, your European health insurance card doesn't cover you in Europe if it’s expired. You need to have a valid EHIC or apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) to get state-level medical treatment. But these don't replace travel insurance. You should still have a travel insurance policy with the right level of medical cover included.

Cancellation cover should cover your costs if your flight or accommodation is cancelled. It's safest to get a policy with enough cover to pay for the entire cost of your trip.

If you're going on a package holiday and your provider goes out of business, ATOL protection means you should be able to organise a refund. If not, it should arrange to get you back home if you're already on your holiday.

Possessions and baggage cover usually covers theft, accidental damage or loss of any personal possessions or baggage on your trip. The amount of protection you get depends on the policy you choose. The amount of cash that's covered also varies between insurers, so it's best to check beforehand.

What additional cover can I get?

Depending on the type of holiday you’re planning and who you get your insurance with, you could get extra cover for:

  • Water sports
  • Winter sports
  • Gadget cover
  • Passport cover
  • Golf
  • Natural disasters
  • Terrorism
  • Travel disruption
  • Hazardous activities
  • Wedding cover
  • Delays
  • Repatriation
  • Personal liability

Water sports, like scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing and swimming. Some policies already cover this. But for more adventurous water sports like jet skiing, extra cover could help with medical expenses and damage to your equipment.

Winter sports cover if you plan to ski or snowboard while away. Basic travel insurance doesn't normally cover this as there are additional risks involved. But it could cover you if the piste is closed due to bad weather or lack of snow, for example.

Gadget cover to cover the cost of replacing your gadgets if they're lost, stolen or damaged while on holiday. This protects your laptop, phone and other gadgets for up to £1,000.

Passport coverusually covers the cost of a replacement passport if yours is lost or stolen. If not, you might be able to claim for the cost of getting an emergency travel document to get you to your destination.

Golf equipment cover as a separate add-on or as part of a business travel insurance policy to cover your golfing equipment. Golfing isn’t without its risks, so this could also cover you for injuries on the golf course.

Natural disaster cover could protect you if you had to cancel your holiday suddenly due to a hurricane or volcanic eruption, for example.

Terrorism, which is usually excluded with a standard travel insurance policy. Some providers might cover you for injury or death as a result of terrorism while travelling, but not for other expenses.

You can also get additional cover for terror-related incidents. This could help if you need to cancel your holiday due to an act of terror, or you need to come back to the UK early after a terrorist incident.

Travel disruption cover enhances your policy to cover you if your holiday is delayed or cut short. This add-on might also cover transport and accommodation costs while your trip is delayed.

Hazardous activities like hot air ballooning. Some travel insurance companies offer cover as an add-on, but certain high-risk activities might be excluded altogether. Check the policy wording when looking at your quote so you know exactly what activities are covered.

Wedding cover is useful If you’re getting married abroad. It can protect you if your wedding gifts or rings are stolen, for example. Some policies also cover the costs of restaging photographs if yours go missing.

Delays cover is an add-on that helps with transport and accommodation if your flight is delayed and you’re unable to get delayed flight compensation.

Repatriation, also known as return travel to your home country, covers you if you fall ill on holiday and need to be flown home for treatment.

Check the level of cover you get for this, though. Some providers might let you enhance how much you’re covered for.

Personal liability cover protects you in case you injure someone else or damage someone else’s property while on holiday. The amount of cover you get is likely to vary between providers, so compare how much cover you get for the price.

What’s not covered with travel insurance?

There might be some exclusions attached to your policy, but it depends on the insurer. Some examples of what standard travel insurance policy might not cover include:

  • Travelling against FCDO advice.
  • Failure to declare any pre-existing medical conditions. If you have a medical condition, you should get a pre-existing medical quote to make sure you're covered on your trip.
  • Incidents involving alcohol or drugs.
  • Waiting too long to report an incident. You need to declare any lost or stolen personal possessions usually within 24 hours. But this should be detailed in the policy.

This is why it's important to answer questions honestly when getting a travel insurance quote or making a claim. If you don’t, your claim could be void or your policy cancelled, and you’d be left without protection.

When travelling, always follow the latest government advice, declare any incidents as soon as possible and enjoy yourself.

How much does travel insurance cost?

The price of your policy depends on several factors including:

  • Where you’re going
  • How much cover you want
  • How many of you are travelling
  • Whether you have any existing medical conditions
  • Whether you want additional cover - for example, ski, adventure sports, business

The good news is that you can get travel insurance from as little as £2.58* when you compare policies with us*.

We’ll give you the option of adding extras to your policy, which is likely to increase the price. So it’s worth comparing how much it goes up for each provider.

*The cheapest Europe policy is £2.58 (based on 1 adult aged 31, with no previous medical conditions travelling in Europe for up to 3 nights). Prices correct on the 02/11/22.

How do I compare travel insurance?

Getting a quote is easy and only takes 2 minutes. If you’ve used us before it’s even quicker - just sign in and check your details are up to date before getting a quote.

  • To get started, fill in our quote form. We need a few details about you and your trip
  • We’ll compare up to 40 travel insurance companies to help find the right policy at the right price
  • We’ll show you a list of quotes to choose from with ratings from the independent financial researcher, Defaqto, next to each company. That way you’ll have as much information as possible to make a decision.

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Can I get travel insurance if I have a serious, pre-existing medical condition?

If you have a pre-existing medical condition, you can still use our site to get a quote. These conditions could include:

  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • Serious heart conditions
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Terminal illnesses

Some insurers might not cover you if you already have a serious medical condition, or if you have several conditions. Others might only offer insurance at a much higher price. If you can’t find suitable cover, the Money and Pension Service (MaPS) has set up a directory of insurers willing to cover customers with pre-existing medical conditions.

You can find their directory of insurers on the Money and Pensions Service (MaPS) website or you can phone them on 0800 138 7777 for free impartial advice.

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Can I ski and snowboard off-piste?

This depends on the policy specifics, so be sure to check beforehand. Generally, off-piste cover is included as long as you’re with a qualified instructor.

Can non-UK residents get quotes?

Our panel of travel insurance companies are all UK-based providers. This means we’re not able to compare policies for customers who aren’t a permanent UK resident.

Can I extend my travel insurance cover?

This depends on your holiday insurance provider, but many companies do allow travel insurance extensions.

It’s worth getting in touch with your provider and asking about your options. Some might be able to extend your cover by a few weeks or even months.

If you’re thinking about the possibility of an extended trip anyway, it could be worth looking into backpacker travel insurance.

Do I need travel insurance for the UK?

We recommend that you get a travel insurance policy before you go anywhere, even if you don’t leave the UK for your holiday. A UK travel insurance policy usually covers you for all the things you’d be covered for when abroad, including:

  • Cancelled accommodation meaning that if you have to change your UK travel plans, your UK travel insurance policy should be able to help you recover your accommodation costs. However, if you’re in lockdown and plan to travel abroad, then you won’t be covered by your policy.
  • Cancelled travel. If you’re travelling in the UK and your flight, train or bus gets cancelled, then your travel insurance policy could cover it.
  • Luggage cover means you’re insured if your luggage goes missing, gets damaged, or is stolen. Any valuables you have in your luggage should also be covered.

Do annual policies cover travel within the UK?

Yes, annual policies cover UK travel as well. So if you go on several staycations throughout the year, an annual travel insurance policy could be worth considering.

Do I need special travel insurance for a cruise?

If you’re looking for cruise insurance, select the cruise option in the list of extras when you get a holiday insurance quote.

With cruise cover included, you should be covered against:

  • Cabin confinement
  • Missed ports
  • Emergency transport to hospital, if needed
  • Unused excursion

As always, we recommend checking your policy details carefully before buying to ensure you have the right level of cover.

How do I get travel insurance for skiing?

You can easily get a ski travel insurance quote with us. When getting a quote, just select winter sports cover as an extra. Once selected, we’ll only show you offers from insurers that include it in their policies.

How do I make a claim on my travel insurance?

Get in touch with your travel insurance provider as soon as possible. If you have your policy details to hand, you could contact them while you’re still on holiday. They might send you a claim form, or ask you questions over the phone. They should be able to guide you through their process from there.

Make sure you keep any relevant documents to hand:

  • Receipts
  • Photographs
  • Correspondence
  • Crime reference number, if the police were involved

How do you define a UK resident?

A UK resident is someone whose main home is in the United Kingdom. This includes:

  • Wales
  • England
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland
  • The Channel Islands
  • The Isle of Man

How many days does a single trip policy cover?

A single trip travel insurance policy covers you for as long as you need. When you compare travel insurance quotes with us, we’ll ask you for your departure and return dates. You’re able to select a trip as long as 365 days.

If you’re planning on a trip that’s longer than that, it might be worth considering a backpacker travel insurance policy.

How much does travel insurance cost?

It depends on the type of policy you are going for. If you need a single-trip policy, you can get a quote for as cheap as £2.58*.

*The cheapest Europe policy is £2.58 (based on 1 adult aged 31, with no previous medical conditions travelling in Europe for up to 3 nights). Prices correct on the 02/11/22.

If I have a child over 18, can they be covered by my family policy?

Family travel insurance policies cover parents and children under the age of 18. Once they turn 18, they’re classed as an adult and would need to get a separate travel insurance policy.

Is insurance premium tax (IPT) included in the prices shown?

Yes, all travel insurance policies include IPT at 20%. This is included in the price, so when you compare travel insurance policies, the price you see is the price you pay.

Is there a cooling-off period once I have bought my policy?

Yes, you should be able to cancel your policy within 14 days of buying it and get a refund. This is as long as your trip hasn’t already started and you don’t intend to make a claim.

Some travel insurance providers might have additional exclusions, so it’s best to check with them.

Is there a limit to the number of days I can be abroad on an annual policy?

Most travel insurance companies limit each trip in an annual travel insurance policy to 31 days. But some companies might let you extend this to 60 or even 90 days, so it’s worth checking with them before buying.

I’ve already started my holiday, can I get covered now?

Unfortunately, if you’re already on holiday and are outside the UK, we can’t help you get a new policy or extend it if you already have one.

Should I get a single-trip or annual travel insurance policy?

If you’re planning on travelling only once in the year, then a single-trip travel insurance policy will suit you. It could be cheaper and should give you the level of cover you need.

If you plan on travelling multiple times a year and want the same cover for all your trips, then an annual travel insurance policy is probably best and could work out cheaper. With an annual policy, you’ll need to let the insurer know where you’re travelling. You can either do this by telling us each individual country or by choosing a specific area from the following list:

United Kingdom, Europe, Worldwide, (including USA, Caribbean, Canada and Mexico), Worldwide (excluding USA, Caribbean, Canada and Mexico) and Australia & New Zealand.

What does ‘doubling up’ on travel insurance mean?

Doubling up is when you’re covered by two travel insurance policies at the same time.

Often this can happen by accident. You might have a travel insurance policy thrown in as part of booking your holiday without realising it.

Then when you buy travel insurance yourself, you’re technically covered twice.

This doesn’t mean that you get double the cover, though.

If you need to make a claim, you might find that each policy only pays a portion of the claim. This comes with the admin headache of making two separate claims.

What does excess mean in travel insurance?

Excess is the amount you’ll have to pay towards any claim you make on your travel insurance policy. The amount of excess you pay depends on your policy and the type of claim you’re making.

For example, if you have an excess of £250 and claim £1,000 for a cancelled flight, then your insurer would pay the remaining £750.

What is a pre-existing medical condition?

A pre-existing medical condition is an illness or condition that you know about before you buy your travel insurance policy.

You need to tell your insurer about any health issues that might be relevant. If you don’t, you risk having your policy invalidated.

If in doubt, get in touch with your travel insurance provider before buying.

What is airline insolvency?

Airline insolvency is when an airline goes bust. This usually means that any flights booked with that airline are cancelled.

Depending on how you’ve booked your holiday, you could be entitled to a refund by the airline itself or by ATOL. If not, then your travel insurance policy should then kick in, provided the policy offers protection against airline insolvency.

When does cancellation cover commence?

Cancellation cover starts the moment you buy the policy, and lasts until the moment you depart.

This added protection is another reason to compare travel insurance as soon as you book your holiday.

When should I buy travel insurance?

Ideally, you should be considering your travel insurance options when you book your holiday. This gives you peace of mind that it’s all sorted way ahead of time and you don’t need to rush.

Depending on the policy, this also means that you might be covered if the trip is cancelled for reasons beyond your control.

But if you’ve left it a bit late, you’re able to buy travel insurance right up until the day before you travel.

Will Brexit affect my travel insurance?

Since the UK left the EU in 2020, you need to have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). This makes sure you’ve got the right amount of medical cover for your holiday and gives you access to low-cost or free state healthcare in the EU. The GHIC also covers pre-existing medical conditions.

The EHIC or GHIC aren’t replacements for travel insurance, though. You need a valid policy to cover you for replacing stolen property or if you need emergency services such as mountain rescue.

We recommend checking your policy documents or speaking with your insurer before you travel.

Other things you need to consider include:

  • Having at least 6 months left on your passport before its expiry date
  • Checking if you need an international driving permit to drive in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein. These are referred to as green cards.
  • Making sure you have everything you need to travel over the border of the country that you’re visiting. If you can’t show that you meet all immigration rules, you could be refused entry. For more information, visit brexit advice on GOV.UK.
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Coronavirus FAQs

What type of travel insurance covers coronavirus?

Most travel insurance policies should cover your medical expenses if you get coronavirus while on holiday. But it’s best to check the policy wording as some could exclude certain illnesses as standard.

If you buy your policy when the FCDO advises against all non-essential travel to your destination, you won’t be covered by your policy. If you bought your insurance policy a few weeks or months ago and the advice on travel to the destination changes, you might still be covered. Check with your insurer directly to get up-to-date information.

Do I need travel insurance for the UK?

We recommend that you get a travel insurance policy before you go anywhere, even if you don’t leave the UK for your holiday. A UK travel insurance policy usually covers you for all the things you’d be covered for when abroad, including:

  • Cancelled accommodation meaning that if you have to change your UK travel plans, your UK travel insurance policy should be able to help you recover your accommodation costs. However, if you’re in lockdown and plan to travel abroad, then you won’t be covered by your policy.
  • Cancelled travel. If you’re travelling in the UK and your flight, train or bus gets cancelled, then your travel insurance policy could cover it.
  • Luggage cover means you’re insured if your luggage goes missing, gets damaged, or is stolen. Any valuables you have in your luggage should also be covered.

Have travel insurance companies changed their policies to exclude cover for coronavirus or other similar infections?

Check your policy wording. Most travel insurance companies should provide cover for medical expenses if you fall ill due Covid-19 while on holiday.

But they might have exclusions in place around cancellations. So, if you have to cancel your holiday because of coronavirus, you might not be covered.

When you get a quote with us you can see whether coronavirus is covered on the prices page. If the insurer does offer cover then you’ll be able to view the terms & conditions on their website so you can check them before you buy.

Will my insurance cover me if I get coronavirus while I’m abroad?

If you need emergency medical attention while you’re abroad, you could be covered. It’s best to check your policy wording. You won’t be covered if you ignore travel advice from the FCDO, World Health Organisation (WHO), any local government or authority.

Will I be covered if I go to hospital for an illness unrelated to coronavirus, but I contract coronavirus when I’m in hospital?

You should be covered if you’re following the advice from the FCDO or other relevant authority. If you’re travelling against their advice, then there’s a chance you won’t be covered. To make absolutely sure, you should always check with your provider.

If I need to be tested for coronavirus at my holiday destination, will my insurance cover it?

Most travel insurance policies don’t cover the cost of getting tested or getting test results for coronavirus. Some policies might come with a discount on tests, so it’s worth checking with the provider.

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What our travel insurance expert says

Don’t leave travel insurance on your ‘things-to-do’ list - Make sure you buy as soon as you book your trip as travel insurance doesn’t just cover you while you’re away. Buying early means you can be covered for cancellations leading up to your trip and leave you with peace of mind prior to your holiday.
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Jac Morris

Travel Insurance Product Executive

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