Squaremouth’s Infectious Diseases Travel Insurance Information Center is a regularly-updated resource on coverage for disease outbreaks that may impact travelers. Visit an information center below to read FAQs and official provider position statements regarding coverage for a specific outbreak.
Fact Sheets and Press Releases
Norovirus Outbreak: The Cruiser's Guide to What's Covered by Travel InsuranceRead More
ST. PETERSBURG Fla. January 15, 2019 — Last week, a Norovirus outbreak aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise sickened hundreds and forced the ship to return to port early, spurring a wave of questions and concerns from travelers with upcoming cruises. Travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, explains travel insurance coverage for travelers worried about Norovirus affecting their cruise.
Traveling During Flu Season: Squaremouth Breaks Down Travel Insurance CoverageRead More
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. January 23, 2018 – This year’s flu season is the most widespread in more than a decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, causing concern among travelers who are closely gathered in crowded areas such as airports and planes. Leading travel insurance comparison company, Squaremouth, explains how the flu is covered by travel insurance.
Norovirus Outbreaks: Squaremouth Explains Travel Insurance Coverage for CruisersRead More
ST. PETERSBURG FL Feb. 1, 2017 — Norovirus outbreaks are spreading throughout the United States, not only affecting travelers while on a cruise, but preventing some from taking a trip altogether. Leading travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, answers four common questions about travel insurance coverage for cruisers who face a higher risk of contracting the virus.
Rio Olympics: Zika Threat Has Attendees Exploring Travel Insurance Options, Says SquaremouthRead More
ST PETERSBURG, FL March 7, 2016 -- The Zika virus is causing concern among travelers with plans to attend the 2016 Olympics in Brazil this summer. Squaremouth, a leading travel insurance comparison website, explains travel insurance coverage for Olympic attendees worried about the Zika virus affecting their trip.
Zika Virus and Travel Insurance Fact Sheet: Squaremouth Breaks Down CoverageRead More
Squaremouth, a leading travel insurance comparison site, launched the Zika Virus and Travel Insurance Information Center to break down travel insurance coverage for the Zika virus outbreak. This online resource is updated with answers to frequently asked questions, official insurance provider position statements, and current travel health alerts and notices related to the outbreak.
Zika Virus, Pregnancy and Travel Insurance: Squaremouth Explains Available CoverageRead More
ST. PETERSBURG, FL February 4, 2016 — The Zika virus outbreak has caused many travelers to rethink their plans, with pregnancy being the main concern.
Am I covered to cancel my trip if I get sick while traveling?Read More
Yes, travel insurance policies with Trip Interruption coverage can cover you to cut your trip short and return home early if you become sick before your departure date.
Am I covered to cancel my trip if I get sick before my trip?Read More
Travel insurance policies with Trip Cancellation coverage can cover you to cancel your trip if you, a family member, or a traveling companion become sick before your departure date.
Am I covered to cancel my trip if my family member contracts to Norovirus?Read More
If one of your family member contracts the Norovirus prior to your departure, you may be covered by your policy’s Trip Cancellation benefit.
What if I get the Norovirus while on my trip?Read More
If you contract the Norovirus while traveling, you may be covered for related medical expenses and to return home early if medically necessary. Contact your provider’s 24-Hour Emergency Assistance department as soon as possible for advice and direction.
What if I contract the Norovirus before I leave for my trip?Read More
If you get the Norovirus before your trip, you may be covered by your policy’s Trip Cancellation benefit.
Can I cancel my trip if I’m worried about getting the Norovirus?Read More
Fear of contracting the Norovirus is not a covered reason to cancel a trip under standard Trip Cancellation policies.
What types of current events are covered by travel insurance?
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Does the Cancel For Any Reason benefit allow me to cancel my trip due to the Zika virus?
What if I contract the Zika virus while traveling?
Can I cancel my trip to a Zika affected country if I become pregnant?Read More
While no policies include coverage to cancel your trip due to your destination being a Zika-affected country, some policies do provide cancellation coverage for travelers who become pregnant after purchasing a policy, regardless of their destination country.
Can I still purchase travel insurance to cover the Zika virus?Read More
Travelers can still purchase travel insurance for trips to areas affected by the Zika virus, however, it is not a covered reason to cancel your trip, unless you become infected with the virus.
What travel insurance will cover me if I become pregnant before my trip and don’t want to travel?Read More
Some policies provide cancellation coverage if you become pregnant after your policies effective date, which is the day after you purchase your policy.
What if I’m pregnant and don’t want to travel due to the Zika virus?Read More
If you are pregnant and don't want to travel or are afraid to travel due to the Zika virus, unfortunately, there is no coverage available. Cancelling due to fear is not a covered reason to cancel your trip for reimbursement.
What if I become pregnant on or after my trip?Read More
Most travel insurance policies exclude coverage for medical expenses related to pregnancy, unless there are complications to the pregnancy. If you become pregnant during your trip and experience a complication of pregnancy, this may be included in your coverage.
If I become infected with the Zika virus, can I be medically evacuated home?Read More
Travel insurance providers consider contracting the Zika virus an unforeseen event. This means benefits like Emergency Medical and Medical Evacuation are available to travelers who purchase a policy before becoming infected.
If my family member or I contract the Zika Virus, am I covered to cancel my trip?Read More
If the insured or insured’s family member is stable at the time a policy is purchased and later contracts the Zika virus prior to departing for a trip, they may be covered to cancel their trip and receive 100% reimbursement for any prepaid, nonrefundable trip costs they insured under the Trip Cancellation benefit.
Will my travel insurance coverage extend if I am hospitalized due to the Zika virus?Read More
Most travel insurance policies will automatically extend if you are unable to return home on your scheduled return date due to an unexpected illness or hospitalization, including the Zika virus.
Can I purchase a travel insurance policy after being diagnosed with the Zika virus?Read More
If you are already infected with the Zika virus, you may purchase a travel insurance policy, however some benefits may be limited.
Can I cancel my trip to the 2016 Olympics due to the Zika virus?Read More
If a traveler wants the option to cancel a trip for the 2016 Olympics due to the Zika virus, if the outbreak worsens, or if a traveler is scared to travel due to the Zika virus, we recommend purchasing a policy with the Cancel For Any Reason benefit.
Infectious Disease Event Center External Resources
Travel insurance coverage for infectious diseases is typically limited to travelers who actually contract the disease or illness, however there are preventive measures you can take if you know about the outbreak ahead of time. These resources explain disease outbreaks in more detail: