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.

Hawaii Mount Kilauea Eruption

Hawaii's Mount Kilauea volcano erupted on Thursday, May 3, 2018, spewing lava toward a residential area and causing mandatory evacuations. More than 250 earthquakes have also hit the Big Island, including one with a magnitude 6.9. As of Friday, May 4, local officials do not expect the earthquake to cause a damaging tsunami.

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

  • 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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  • Taiwan Earthquake: Squaremouth Breaks Down Travel Insurance Coverage When an Earthquake Strikes

    FEBRUARY 6, 2018 -- A magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit the coast of Taiwan, killing at least two people injuring more, including tourists, and destroying hotels. Leading travel insurance comparison company, Squaremouth, explains how travel insurance works when an earthquake hits a traveler’s destination.

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  • What You Need to Know About Travel Insurance as Winter Storm Hunter Moves In

    ST. PETERSBURG FL January 11, 2018 — Plummeting temperatures, ice and blizzards are bringing dangerous conditions as Winter Storm Hunter moves east across the country. This comes just one week after Winter Storm Grayson halted travel throughout the eastern half of the country, shutting down major airports and interstates - creating a costly burden for travelers.

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  • Travel Insurance Cancellation Guide if “Bomb Cyclone” Grayson Prevents You From Traveling

    ST. PETERSBURG FL January 3, 2018 — Threatening pressure drops along the East Coast have Winter Storm Grayson moving north as a “bomb cyclone”. With widespread travel being halted, leading travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, explains your travel insurance cancellation options if the storm freezes your travel plans.

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  • Bali Volcanic Eruption: How Insurance Can Protect Travelers

    ST PETERSBURG, FL November 29, 2017— An eruption of Bali’s Mount Agung is considered imminent, causing thousands to evacuate and closing Bali’s main international airport, stranding more than 50,000 travelers. Travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, explains insurance coverage in the midst of the Bali volcanic eruption.

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  • What if the California Wildfires Cancel My Trip? Squaremouth Explains What Travel Insurance Covers

    ST. PETERSBURG FL October 10, 2017 — Wildfires in California are threatening homes and popular tourist destinations, including Disneyland and Napa Valley. Leading travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, answers the top 3 travel insurance questions from travelers with trips affected by the fires.

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  • After Record-Setting Hurricane Month, Squaremouth Explains Travel Insurance Coverage

    ST. PETERSBURG FL September 29, 2017 — In the past month, hurricanes Harvey and Irma halted travel in the U.S., and Maria ripped through the Caribbean as a Category 5 storm. With two months left in hurricane season, leading travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, explains the key travel insurance takeaways travelers should know now.

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  • Travel Insurance Coverage Lessons You Need to Learn After Mexico’s Earthquake

    ST. PETERSBURG, FL September 28, 2017–– Mexico has been one of the most popular tourist destinations for U.S. travelers over the past six years, according to travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth.

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FAQs

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Can I cancel my trip if I’m afraid a storm will hit during my trip?

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    Short Answer Fear that a storm will hit your destination is not a covered reason to cancel your trip under standard Trip Cancellation policies.

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