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Last Updated: 10/23/18

Hurricane Willa is heading for Mexico as a major hurricane, and is on track to be one of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit Mexico’s Pacific coast. Willa was first named a tropical storm on October 20, 2018, and rapidly intensified into a major hurricane.

Many travel insurance policies can cover hurricanes that impact travel, as long as the policy was purchased before the storm was named. For Hurricane Willa, travelers would have needed to buy a policy prior to October 20. Travelers who did have a policy in place prior to this date may have coverage under the Trip Cancellation and Travel Delay benefits.

The Hurricane Willa Travel Insurance Information Center explains coverage related to the storm. This database is regularly updated by Squaremouth’s travel insurance experts with answers to frequently asked questions, official provider position statements, travel alerts and notices, and other information as the storm develops. Information is subject to change at any time.

Questions? Squaremouth’s travel insurance experts are on hand to answer your questions about coverage for Hurricane Willa. We are available from 8am to 10pm ET daily by chat and by phone at 1-800-240-0369.

Hurricane Willa rapidly intensified into a Category 5 storm, making it the 10th major hurricane in the Pacific Ocean this year.

Major airlines, including Southwest and American Airlines, have canceled flights to cities in the storm's path.

Willa became a named storm on October 20, 2018. As of that date, the storm is no longer considered unforeseen, meaning any new travel insurance policies will not provide any coverage for the storm.

If you are currently traveling or live in an area affected by Hurricane Willa, contact your provider's 24-Hour Emergency Assistance for help.

Fact Sheets and Press Releases

  • Hurricane Willa: Too Late to Get Travel Insurance, Says Squaremouth

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. October 23, 2018 — Virtually overnight, Hurricane Willa intensified into a major storm bound for Mexico’s popular Pacific coast, taking many beach-bound travelers by surprise. With the aftermath of the storm yet to be seen, travelers may be concerned about upcoming trips, especially given the impact of recent storms Michael and Florence. But according to travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, now is not the time to buy a travel insurance policy for coverage from Willa.

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FAQs

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    Travel insurance can cover unforeseen natural disasters that prevent a traveler from taking their trip.

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    You may be covered by your travel insurance policy if a hurricane hits your home.

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    You could be covered to cancel your trip because of a wildfire, as long as you bought your policy before the fire started.

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  • When can I buy travel insurance to cover a wildfire?

    You can buy travel insurance with cancellation coverage for wildfires up until the day before your departure date.

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  • Am I covered if I have to evacuate because of a wildfire?

    Non-Medical Evacuation provides transportation from a place of danger to a place of safety during a natural disaster.

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  • When can I buy travel insurance to cover an earthquake?

    You can buy travel insurance with coverage for earthquakes up until the day before your departure date.

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  • 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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    Travel insurance can cover unforeseen events, including unexpected illnesses, terrorist attacks, inclement weather and natural disasters, and other events that cause a complete cessation of travel, such as a strike of a travel supplier.

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