If my family member or I contract the measles, am I covered to cancel my trip?

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Short Answer
If a traveler or a traveler’s family member contracts the Measles prior to departing for a trip, they may be covered to cancel their trip and be reimbursed for any nonrefundable trip costs they insured under the Trip Cancellation benefit.

More Detail
If a traveler is stable at the time their travel insurance policy is purchased, and that person later contracts an illness, they may have coverage to cancel the trip if their policy includes Trip Cancellation coverage. This benefit provides 100% reimbursement for prepaid and nonrefundable trip costs that went unused because a traveler cancels their trip for a covered reason, like contracting measles.  When filing a Trip Cancellation claim for this reason, the traveler must prove they (or their family member) are unhealthy. This can typically be done by providing a doctor’s note advising against travel.

Each policy defines a family member differently. Typically, a family member includes children, parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, and in-laws. Cousins are typically excluded by travel insurance policies.

This coverage is subject to change at any time as conditions related to the measles change.

Please visit our Infectious Diseases and Current Events Information Center for up-to-date provider position statements, travel warnings and frequently asked questions.

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