Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano erupted on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Any travel insurance policies purchased on or after that date, will not have coverage under the regular trip cancellation or interruption benefits.
Travelers who purchased a policy prior to the eruption, may have coverage if an event related to the volcano causes airlines to cancel flights.
Depending on the policy, travelers may be able to claim for cancellation due to natural disaster or inclement weather. In order for an eruption to be covered, the event must meet the policies requirements under the cancellation benefit and the policy must be purchased before the eruption. After that time, it would no longer be considered “unforeseen”.
Canceling a trip due to the fear of eruption of Bardarbunga is not a covered reason under travel insurance cancellation benefits. If a traveler is worried about visiting a country currently experiencing volcanic tremors, Squaremouth recommends purchasing the cancel for any reason benefit.
*Allianz restricts coverage for the Bardarbunga volcano for any policies purchased on or after August 22nd, 2014. Read Allianz’s official position statement here: https://www.squaremouth.com/travel-advice/allianz-position-statement-icelandic-volcano/
*This information may vary based on the travel insurance policy. If you have questions about a specific policy, please contact us directly at 800-240-0369. Our customer service representatives are available 24/7 and are delighted to help!