How much evacuation coverage do I need for a cruise?


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Squaremouth recommends a policy with $250,000 per person in Medical Evacuation coverage for travelers going on a cruise.

In response to the Covid-19 Pandemic, some cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean and Carnival, began requiring unvaccinated travelers to purchase a travel insurance policy with specific amounts of Medical Evacuation coverage.

Medical Evacuation covers transportation to the nearest adequate medical facility in the event of a medical emergency while you’re traveling. The cost of evacuation from a cruise ship can be expensive, particularly in remote locations. Squaremouth recommends at least $250,000 per person in Medical Evacuation coverage for cruise vacations. The Medical Evacuation benefit can cover the cost of an evacuation off a cruise boat, or from port, and even back home if deemed necessary.

When searching for a policy on, customers can select the “Cruise” filter on the search results page to see policies that include our recommended coverage for Medical Evacuation and Emergency Medical for cruise travelers.

This information can vary based on the travel insurance policy. If you have questions about a specific policy, please contact our licensed travel insurance experts. Squaremouth’s award-winning customer service team is available from 8am to 10pm ET, seven days a week, by chat and by phone at 800-240-0369.

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