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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - important information 2nd March 2021

You'll be unable to get a quote for single trip or backpacker policies to international destinations for trips that start before 17th May 2021 on this website. If you're travelling in the UK, you'll be unable to get a quote for single trip or backpacker policies for trips that start before 12th April 2021.

You can only travel if you're legally permitted to do so. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has more information.

If you travel against FCDO advice, you won't be covered by any travel insurance policy you buy. If this advice remains in place after 12th April for the UK and 17th May for international destinations, and you choose to travel, you won't be covered.

Different rules may apply in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and it is important that you follow all the rules that apply to you.

For travel advice on your destination, you should check the FCDO for the latest information.

If you have any queries, you should check your policy wording or contact your chosen provider before you buy.

*The cheapest Backpackers policy is £18.97 (based on 1 adult aged 31, with no previous medical conditions travelling in Europe for up to 31 nights). Prices correct on the 15/02/2021.  

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What is backpackers travel insurance?

A backpackers insurance policy offers a longer trip duration and typically covers a broader range of activities than a standard insurance policy, so you could have greater peace of mind if your adventure is a little more ambitious than a normal holiday. Some backpackers policies can include features such as;

  • Longer trip durations, offering up to 18 months' worth of uninterrupted travel - standard annual policies usually cover only around 31 days per trip 
  • Optional cover for activities such as bungee jumping and scuba diving. 
  • Some policies might offer cover for conservation or charity work, which could come in handy if you're volunteering on a gap year in Thailand or Borneo (check the small print)

What does backpackers insurance cover?

  • Medical treatment can be surprisingly expensive abroad, so your medical costs and repatriation back to the UK could be covered if you get ill or injured overseas
  • Your personal belongings, money and travel documents could also be covered if they're lost/stolen (make sure you report within 24 hours and obtain a police report for proof)
  • You could also be covered for delays and cancellations if your flights are postponed due to protests or if you’re forced to cancel your trip in an emergency
  • Some policies also cover accident, liability and legal expenses which could be useful if you stumble into any trouble while abroad

Top travel insurance tips for backpackers

  • Get your travel insurance in advance - we found that in 2014, the majority of travel insurance quotes made through Confused.com were made a week before travelling and 17% bought the day before.  If you leave it too late, you might not get the full benefit of cancellation cover!
  • Make sure you read the terms and conditions of your policy, as well as policy exclusions to make sure that you’re covered (most policies won’t cover alcohol or drug related incidents).
  • Consider taking a combination of cash, prepaid cards, debit and/or credit cards on your trip.
  • Contact your GP to make sure you're up to date with your vaccinations and check if there are any specific jabs for the area you're going to.
  • Plan and research your trip in advance, use GOV.UK's Foreign travel advice to get to know the local rules and regulations of the areas you're travelling to.
  • Need help packing? Take a look at our top packing tips for your adventure holiday.

Gap year travel insurance explained

A gap year is commonly associated with students who go travelling after graduating from university. However, it can apply to anyone who is taking a career break or sabbatical to see more of the world.

Gap year insurance provides you with uninterrupted travel insurance for the duration of your trip. Not to be confused with an annual policy, which may only cover around 31 days per trip.

It's important to make sure any activities you're planning are included in your policy. This covers you if you have an accident, as medical fees abroad can be extremely expensive.

To find the best gap year travel insurance for your adventure, it’s good to compare policies and weigh up your options. This way you can compare prices and add-ons to create the perfect package. If you're ready, get a quote and select backpacker to get started.

Why compare cheap backpackers insurance with Confused.com?

With a quick and easy search, you can compare travel insurance quotes from brands like Top Dog and Tripsure, so you can be safe in the knowledge that your trip will be off to a great start.

  • Quicker than getting quotes for each provider separately.
  • Easy to make policy comparisons.
  • Get travel insurance, even when at the airport, as your policy documents could be emailed to you within one hour of purchase.

If you have a serious, pre-existing medical condition

If you have a pre-existing medical condition, you can still get a quote through Confused.com. These conditions could include cancer, stroke, serious heart, respiratory and terminal conditions.

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

You can contact the Money and Pensions Service (MaPS) or you can telephone 0800 138 7777.

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