Last Updated: 02/06/18

A magnitude-6.4 earthquake hit the east coast city of Hualien City, Taiwan on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, killing at least 2 people and injuring more than 100 others. This earthquake marks the second earthquake over magnitude-6, and one of nearly 100 overall, to hit the area since Sunday, February 4, 2018.

Many travel insurance policies have coverage for natural disasters, including earthquakes. The Taiwan Earthquakes and Travel Insurance Information Center explains coverage for the earthquakes. This resource is regularly updated by Squaremouth’s travel insurance experts with official provider position statements, answers to frequently asked questions, and more. Information is subject to change at any time.

Questions? Squaremouth’s travel insurance experts are on hand to answer your questions about coverage for the earthquakes. We are available from 8am to 10pm ET daily by chat and by phone at 1-800-240-0369.

A magnitude-6.4 earthquake hit the east coast of Taiwan on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. It is the second earthquake over magnitude-6, and one of nearly 100 overall, to hit the area since Sunday, February 4, 2018.

Multiple hotels caved in or were damaged by the earthquakes. If your hotel is uninhabitable, you may be able to cancel your upcoming trip to Taiwan.

In order to be eligible for coverage for the earthquakes, you must have purchased your policy before the earthquakes began on February 4, 2018.

FAQs

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    Non-Medical Evacuation provides transportation from a place of danger to a place of safety during a natural disaster.

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    You can buy travel insurance with coverage for earthquakes up until the day before your departure date.

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    Travel insurance can cover unforeseen natural disasters that prevent a traveler from taking their trip.

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    You can buy travel insurance with coverage for a tropical storm or hurricane up until the day before your departure date, as long as the storm has not been named.

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    No, a storm does not need to develop into a hurricane to be covered by the Hurricane & Weather benefit.

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    Yes, losses related to tropical storms can be covered by the Hurricane & Weather benefit.

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