Last Updated: 02/11/2020 02:09PM ET

Record heat in Australia has caused bush fires throughout the country, burning millions of acres, destroying hundreds of homes, and resulting in the death of multiple people. Thousands of residents and tourists have been forced to evacuate as hot temperatures and strong winds are expected to worsen.

The fires have already been ongoing for more than one month, and local authorities have said this season’s fires are the worst in Australia’s history. As Australia’s warmest months approach, there is concern that the fires will continue to spread, and that the fires could combine to form megafires.

Many travel insurance policies have coverage for natural disasters, including wildfires. The Australia Wildfires Travel Insurance Information Center explains coverage for the fires. 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 fires. We are available from 8am to 10pm ET daily by chat and by phone at 1-800-240-0369.

Multiple fires are burning throughout Australia, and have burned millions of acres across the country.

If you are currently in Australia and affected by the wildfires, contact your provider's 24-Hour Emergency Assistance for help.

You may be able to cancel your upcoming trip to Australia, or return home early, if you meet your policy's requirements.

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