Squaremouth informs travelers about events that are expected to have a major impact on travel. This is not a comprehensive list of all worldwide events.
Hurricane Center

hurricane Center

Thousands of travelers are impacted by severe weather each hurricane season. Squaremouth’s Hurricane Center explains travel insurance coverage specific to hurricanes. This resource is regularly updated with provider position statements, press releases, and answers to FAQs.

Winter Storm Center

winter storm Center

Winter travel can cause delays and cancellations nationwide. Squaremouth’s Winter Storm Center explains travel insurance coverage specific to winter storms. This resource is regularly updated with provider position statements, press releases, and answers to FAQs.

Natural Disaster Center

natural disaster Center

Squaremouth’s Natural Disaster Center explains travel insurance coverage related to tornadoes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters that may disrupt travel. This resource is regularly updated with provider position statements, press releases, and answers to FAQs.

California Wildfires

Multiple deadly wildfires are raging throughout California, burning more than 100,000 acres of land and evacuating hundreds of thousands of people from the region. Several people have died trying to escape the fires.

Squaremouth’s Extreme Weather and Natural Disasters Travel Insurance Information Center is a regularly-updated resource on coverage for hurricanes, blizzards, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and other natural disasters. Visit an event-specific information center to view official provider position statements and learn more about coverage for that event.

Fact Sheets and Press Releases

  • Travel Insurance Coverage for California Wildfires Explained

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. November 13, 2018 — California’s catastrophic wildfires are threatening the homes of over 13 million residents and forcing evacuations in major metropolitan areas. With high winds expected to worsen the fires this week, travelers may be concerned about upcoming trips, especially with the Thanksgiving holiday just a week away. Travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, explains 3 ways travel insurance can help travelers impacted by the fires.

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  • Hurricane Willa: Too Late to Get Travel Insurance, Says Squaremouth

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. October 23, 2018 — Virtually overnight, Hurricane Willa intensified into a major storm bound for Mexico’s popular Pacific coast, taking many beach-bound travelers by surprise. With the aftermath of the storm yet to be seen, travelers may be concerned about upcoming trips, especially given the impact of recent storms Michael and Florence. But according to travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, now is not the time to buy a travel insurance policy for coverage from Willa.

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  • Hurricane Michael: The Traveler’s Guide to What’s Covered by Travel Insurance

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. October 9, 2018 — In less than 48 hours, Hurricane Michael has intensified from a tropical storm to a category 2 hurricane, threatening Gulf Coast residents and travelers alike. The storm's rapid development caught some travelers off-guard, with the end of hurricane season only a month away.

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  • Hurricane Florence Evacuation Not Enough to Trigger Travel Insurance Coverage for Residents in Storm’s Path

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. September 11, 2018 — Residents of the East Coast are preparing for Category 4 Hurricane Florence, with more than 1 million facing mandatory evacuation orders. But according to travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, it is still too early for Hurricane Florence to trigger travel insurance benefits for residents with homes in the storm’s path.

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  • Too Late to Buy Travel Insurance for Rare Hawaiian Hurricane Lane

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. August 22, 2018 — Hurricane Lane may become the third hurricane ever recorded to make landfall in Hawaii. As residents scramble to prepare, tourists are researching their options to cancel an upcoming trip or cut their vacation short. Travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, says it is now too late to purchase a travel insurance policy for the unexpected storm.

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  • 3 Things You Don’t Know About Travel Insurance Coverage for Wildfires But Should

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. August 9, 2018 - This summer, wildfires have burned out of control in California and Greece. Leading travel insurance comparison website, Squaremouth, says whether your home or travel destination is in the fire’s path, travel insurance may be able to help. But before buying a policy, here are 3 things travelers don’t know about coverage for wildfires, but should.

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  • Traveling to Greece this Summer? Travel Insurance Amidst Deadly Wildfires Explained

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. July 24, 2018 – Deadly wildfires outside of Athens, Greece have forced thousands of residents and tourists to evacuate the popular destination. According to travel insurance comparison site, squaremouth.com, Greece is the 10th most popular international destination this summer among U.S. travelers, with a 51% year-over-year increase. As the fires continue to burn, Squaremouth explains how travel insurance can help travelers impacted by these events.

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  • Amid Uncertain Conditions, It’s Too Late to Buy Travel Insurance for Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. May 15, 2018 — Nearly two weeks after its initial eruption, Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is still active, causing more local evacuations and health warnings. Despite the uncertainty surrounding the volcano, leading travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, advises why travelers with upcoming trips to the destination should not buy a new policy.

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  • More Travelers are Purchasing Travel Insurance This Hurricane Season

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. May 14, 2018 – Last year’s hurricane season brought major storms to highly traveled destinations, resulting in a significant increase in claims. This year, researchers predict another above-average hurricane season and leading travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, reports an increase in people purchasing travel insurance for hurricane season.

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  • How Travelers Can Get Their Money Back if Winter Storm Quinn Wipes Out Travel Plans

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. March 8, 2018 — The second major winter storm in less than a week is bringing significant amounts of snow and strong winds to the Northeastern United States. The winter weather has already cancelled thousands of flights, shut down airports, halted public transportation and closed major roadways. Leading travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, breaks down travel insurance coverage for travelers affected by Winter Storm Quinn.

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FAQs

  • What types of natural disasters are covered by travel insurance?

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

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  • Can travel insurance cover me if my home is in a hurricane's path?

    You may be covered by your travel insurance policy if a hurricane hits your home.

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  • Can I cancel my upcoming trip because of a wildfire?

    You could be covered to cancel your trip because of a wildfire, as long as you bought your policy before the fire started.

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  • When can I buy travel insurance to cover a wildfire?

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

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  • Am I covered if I have to evacuate because of a wildfire?

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

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  • When can I buy travel insurance to cover an earthquake?

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

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  • When can I buy travel insurance to cover a tropical storm or hurricane?

    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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  • Does a storm have to become a hurricane to be covered by travel insurance?

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

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  • Does the Hurricane & Weather benefit cover tropical storms?

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

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  • What types of current events are covered by travel insurance?

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    Travel insurance can cover unforeseen events, including unexpected illnesses, terrorist attacks, inclement weather and natural disasters, and other events that cause a complete cessation of travel, such as a strike of a travel supplier.

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  • If there is a storm, when can I no longer be covered by travel insurance?

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    You can only be covered for a storm if you purchased your travel insurance policy before the storm was named.

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  • What if my flight is delayed because of the earthquake?

    Short Answer If you purchased a travel insurance policy before the earthquake occurred, you may be covered under your policy’s Travel Delay and Missed Connection benefits for a flight delay.

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  • Am I covered if I miss my connecting flight?

    You can be covered if you miss your connecting flight for a covered reason.

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  • Am I covered if I get bumped from an overbooked flight?

    Travel insurance will not provide coverage if you are bumped from an overbooked flight.

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  • Am I covered if I miss my flight due to long security lines?

    Travel insurance will not cover you if you miss your flight due to security delays.

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  • What if the roads are bad and I don't want to travel?

    Choosing not to travel because the roads are bad is not a covered reason to cancel your trip, although some policies may provide coverage if road closures prevent you from traveling.

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  • How long do I need to be delayed to trigger coverage?

    Typically, you must be delayed at least 3-12 hours for coverage to begin, depending on the policy.

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  • What do I do if my flight is delayed or canceled due to bad weather?

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    If your flight is delayed or canceled due to inclement weather, you can contact your provider’s 24-Hour Emergency Assistance department to receive help.

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  • Can I cancel my trip due to a winter storm or blizzard?

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    You may be covered to cancel your trip if a winter storm or blizzard seriously impacts your travel and you had a policy in place before the storm was named.

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  • Can I cancel my trip if I don’t want to travel in bad weather?

    Fear of traveling during bad weather is not a covered reason to cancel a trip on a standard travel insurance policy.

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  • Can I still buy a policy for a forecasted winter storm?

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    You cannot buy a policy with coverage for a winter storm or blizzard once it has been named.

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  • When is a storm considered foreseen by travel insurance?

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    A storm is typically considered foreseen once it is named.

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  • Can I cancel my trip due to a hurricane or tropical storm?

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    You may be covered to cancel your trip if a hurricane seriously impacts your travel.

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  • Can I still buy travel insurance after a tropical storm or hurricane is named?

    While you can still buy a travel insurance policy after a storm is named, the policy will not include coverage for the storm.

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  • Can I return home early if there is a hurricane at my destination?

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    Short Answer With the Hurricane and Weather benefit, you may be covered to return home early from your trip due to a hurricane at your destination.

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Natural Disaster Event Center External Resources

Natural disasters, such as volcanoes, earthquakes, and tornadoes, can leave large areas uninhabitable and significantly impact travel. Check with local authorities at your destination, and use these resources to determine if your destination has been evacuated or deemed uninhabitable: