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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - important information 9th November 2020

From the 5th November up to and including 2nd December 2020, the The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) is advising against all non-essential travel worldwide from England. You will not be covered by travel insurance for travel during this period. Different rules apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and it is important that you follow all the rules that apply to you.

Should the FCDO extend the advice beyond 2nd December 2020 and you choose to travel against their advice at the time of travel, you will not be covered by any travel insurance policy you purchase.

In all cases, should you have any queries please check the policy wording or contact your chosen provider before purchasing.

However, all policies bought through Confused.com include cover for emergency medical expenses and repatriation - even if you contract Covid-19 abroad. This is so long as you’re not travelling against FCDO advice.

Some insurers also offer Covid-19 Enhanced Cover, which will cover you against cancellation if you fall ill with Covid-19 and are unable to travel.

*The cheapest Europe policy is £3.22 (based on 1 adult aged 31, with no previous medical conditions travelling in Europe for up to 3 nights). Prices correct on the 03/07/2020.

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What is European travel insurance?

Wherever you might be going in Europe, European travel insurance could not only protect you against unexpected costs but it could also give you peace of mind, so you're left to simply enjoy your holiday, worry and hassle-free.

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) could provide you with free state medical care, but it only applies to EEA countries plus Switzerland and it does not include transportation to the hospital or repatriation back to the UK.

What could European travel insurance cover?

  • Emergency medical treatment if you fall ill
  • If your luggage, personal possessions and travel money are lost or stolen, you could recover the value of your items
  • Expenses from delays and cancellations if your flights are delayed or if you have to cut your trip short
  • Airline insolvency cover could come in handy if your airline goes bankrupt
  • Do you have a question? Let's see if we can answer your travel related question.

Types of cover

  • If you're getting an annual policy, make sure you check that the countries that you're travelling to are covered by your policy (you may have to take out a separate cover if you're travelling to countries outside Europe)
  • Backpacker policies cover a single trip that could last up to 18 months
  • Winter sports cover offers specialist medical treatment and could protect your ski or snowboarding equipment

Travel insurance tips

  • Read the small print of your policy, as there might be some policy exclusions (you can preview terms and conditions before purchasing so you know exactly what you're getting with your travel policy)
  • Check how much your excess is, as it might not be worth claiming for a camera that is worth £100 if the excess is £150
  • Report your items lost, stolen or damaged within 24 hours of the incident (most insurance providers ask for a written police report for proof)

Why buy European travel policy through Confused.com?

Finding the right policy could be a pain, especially when you have pre-holiday excitement and packing to do. But don't worry, here at Confused.com, we want to make your search for European cover as straightforward as possible.

  • Compare up to 52 travel insurance companies in just a few minutes
  • We offer travel insurance advice, and many other travel guides to help you on your travels

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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