Does the Istanbul bombing meet the travel insurance definition of terrorism?

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Yes, as of January 12, 2016, the Istanbul bombing meets the travel insurance definition of terrorism as it has been declared an act of terrorism by the U.S. Department of State.

Any policies purchased prior to January 12th which include Terrorism coverage may allow you to cancel or interrupt your trip due to the recent attack. A policy purchased on or after January 12th will not provide coverage for losses relating to the bombing in Istanbul, as it is no longer considered to be an unforeseen event.

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