Last Updated: 03/21/16

On Saturday, March 19, 2016, a suicide bombing occurred on Istiklal Avenue, a busy tourist shopping area in Istanbul, Turkey. This is the second suicide bombing in Istanbul so far this year.

The Istanbul Terrorist Attack and Travel Insurance Information Center contains a collection of resources including travel insurance provider position statements, FAQs, and travel alerts related to the terrorist bombing in Istanbul on March 19, 2016. Information is subject to change at any time.

Policies purchased before March 19, 2016, may include coverage for the Istanbul terrorist attack.

Travelers may be covered to cancel their upcoming trip to Istanbul if their policy includes Terrorism coverage

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FAQs

  • What types of current events are covered by travel insurance?
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    Travel insurance can cover unforeseen events, including terrorist attacks, inclement weather and natural disasters.

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  • When is an attack considered terrorism by travel insurance?
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    For an attack to be covered by travel insurance, it must be deemed an act of terrorism by the U.S. Department of State.

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  • Can I cancel my trip because of a travel alert?
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    A travel alert is not a covered reason to cancel your trip on standard travel insurance policies.

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  • Can I cancel my trip because I’m worried about terrorism?
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    An increased risk of terrorism, or fear that a terrorist attack will occur because of the recent bombing in New York, is not a covered reason to cancel your trip with standard travel insurance.

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  • Can I still buy a travel insurance policy for a future trip to Istanbul?

    Travelers can still purchase a travel insurance policy for a future trip to Istanbul. Many policies may still provide coverage for future unforeseen terrorist attacks.

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  • Can I be covered to end my current trip in Istanbul early?

    You may be covered to interrupt your trip and return home early if you purchased your policy before March 19, 2016, and your policy includes Terrorism coverage.

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  • What if I’m afraid to travel after the Istanbul terrorist bombing?

    Fear is not a covered reason to cancel on a standard travel insurance policy. In order to be covered to cancel a trip due to fear of traveling, travelers would need a policy with the Cancel For Any Reason upgrade.

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  • Can I purchase a travel insurance policy after a terrorist attack?
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    Yes, you can purchase a travel insurance policy after a terrorist attack. However, in most cases, the policy will not cover losses related to the attack.

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  • What coverage is available if there is a terrorist attack?

    Some Trip Cancellation and Trip Interruption benefits include coverage for Terrorism.

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  • Can I cancel my trip because of the terrorist attack?
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    Yes, many policies provide coverage to cancel your trip if there is a terrorist attack at your destination, as long as you had a policy in place before the attack occurred and you meet the requirements for Terrorism coverage.

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