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Last Updated: 09/05/17

Hurricane Irma was first named a tropical storm on August 30, 2017, and developed into a hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean on August 31. As of September 5, Irma intensified into a Category 5 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 185 miles per hour. The storm is tracking through the Caribbean and heading toward Florida.

Many travel insurance policies include coverage for hurricanes that impact travel, as long as the policy was purchased before the storm was named. Travelers who had a policy in place prior to August 30, 2017 may have coverage for Hurricane Irma, including Trip Cancellation and Travel Delay.

If you are currently traveling and affected by Hurricane Irma, contact your provider's 24-Hour Emergency Assistance for help.

Irma became a named storm on August 30, 2017. As of that date, the storm is no longer considered unforeseen and any new travel insurance policies will not provide any coverage related to the storm.

If you purchased a policy before August 30, 2017, you may be covered to cancel or interrupt your trip.

Fact Sheets and Press Releases

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FAQs

  • 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 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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  • 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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  • What if my flight or cruise is delayed because of a hurricane?

    If your flight or cruise is delayed due to a hurricane, travel insurance can cover additional costs and lost expenses under the Travel Delay and Missed Connection benefits.

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