Squaremouth informs travelers about events that are expected to have a major impact on travel. This is not a comprehensive list of all worldwide events.

Squaremouth’s Natural Disaster Center explains travel insurance coverage related to tornadoes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters that may disrupt travel. This resource is regularly updated with provider position statements, press releases, and answers to FAQs.

Fact Sheets and Press Releases

  • 3 Things You Don’t Know About Travel Insurance Coverage for Wildfires But Should

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. August 9, 2018 - This summer, wildfires have burned out of control in California and Greece. Leading travel insurance comparison website, Squaremouth, says whether your home or travel destination is in the fire’s path, travel insurance may be able to help. But before buying a policy, here are 3 things travelers don’t know about coverage for wildfires, but should.

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  • Traveling to Greece this Summer? Travel Insurance Amidst Deadly Wildfires Explained

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. July 24, 2018 – Deadly wildfires outside of Athens, Greece have forced thousands of residents and tourists to evacuate the popular destination. According to travel insurance comparison site, squaremouth.com, Greece is the 10th most popular international destination this summer among U.S. travelers, with a 51% year-over-year increase. As the fires continue to burn, Squaremouth explains how travel insurance can help travelers impacted by these events.

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  • Amid Uncertain Conditions, It’s Too Late to Buy Travel Insurance for Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. May 15, 2018 — Nearly two weeks after its initial eruption, Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is still active, causing more local evacuations and health warnings. Despite the uncertainty surrounding the volcano, leading travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, advises why travelers with upcoming trips to the destination should not buy a new policy.

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  • Taiwan Earthquake: Squaremouth Breaks Down Travel Insurance Coverage When an Earthquake Strikes

    FEBRUARY 6, 2018 -- A magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit the coast of Taiwan, killing at least two people injuring more, including tourists, and destroying hotels. Leading travel insurance comparison company, Squaremouth, explains how travel insurance works when an earthquake hits a traveler’s destination.

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  • Bali Volcanic Eruption: How Insurance Can Protect Travelers

    ST PETERSBURG, FL November 29, 2017— An eruption of Bali’s Mount Agung is considered imminent, causing thousands to evacuate and closing Bali’s main international airport, stranding more than 50,000 travelers. Travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, explains insurance coverage in the midst of the Bali volcanic eruption.

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  • What if the California Wildfires Cancel My Trip? Squaremouth Explains What Travel Insurance Covers

    ST. PETERSBURG FL October 10, 2017 — Wildfires in California are threatening homes and popular tourist destinations, including Disneyland and Napa Valley. Leading travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, answers the top 3 travel insurance questions from travelers with trips affected by the fires.

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  • Travel Insurance Coverage Lessons You Need to Learn After Mexico’s Earthquake

    ST. PETERSBURG, FL September 28, 2017–– Mexico has been one of the most popular tourist destinations for U.S. travelers over the past six years, according to travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth.

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  • Earthquakes and Travel Insurance Fact Sheet: Squaremouth Explains Coverage For Affected Travelers

    Following the recent earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador, more travelers are asking about what is covered by travel insurance if an earthquake occurs at their destination.

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FAQs

  • What types of natural disasters are covered by travel insurance?

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

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  • Can I cancel my upcoming trip because of a wildfire?

    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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  • What types of current events are covered by travel insurance?

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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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  • What if my flight is delayed because of the earthquake?

    Short Answer If you purchased a travel insurance policy before the earthquake occurred, you may be covered under your policy’s Travel Delay and Missed Connection benefits for a flight delay.

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  • Am I covered if my trip is delayed because of the earthquake?

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  • Can I cancel my upcoming trip because of an earthquake?

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    Short Answer You may be covered to cancel your trip due to the earthquake, as long as you had a policy in place before the earthquake occurred and you meet your policy's cancellation requirements.

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  • Can I still buy travel insurance after an earthquake happens at my destination?

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    Short Answer Policies are still available for future travel. However, policies can no longer be purchased for the earthquake that has already occurred.

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  • What coverage do I have if an earthquake strikes while I’m at my destination?

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    Short Answer If you had a travel insurance policy in place before the earthquake occurred, you may be eligible for coverage under various benefits, including Emergency Medical, Medical Evacuation, Trip Interruption and Travel Delay.

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  • Does my travel insurance cover me to come home early because of the earthquake?

    Short Answer You may be covered to return home early due to the earthquake under the Trip Interruption benefit if you meet your policy's requirements. The policy must have been purchased before the earthquake occurred.

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  • Can I cancel due to the earthquake if I have Cancel For Any Reason?

    Short Answer If you had a policy in place that included Cancel For Any Reason before the earthquake occurred, you may be covered to cancel your trip due to the earthquake.

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  • What if I’m afraid to travel due to the earthquake?

    Short Answer Unfortunately, fear of traveling is not a covered reason to cancel on most travel insurance policies.

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  • Is non-medical evacuation coverage available if the Icelandic volcano erupts while I'm traveling?

    Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano erupted on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Any travel insurance policies purchased on or after that date, will not cover any losses or evacuations related to the volcano, including non-medical evacuation.

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  • What coverage is available if the Icelandic volcano erupts while I'm traveling?

    Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano erupted on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Any travel insurance policies purchased on or after that date, will not offer coverage for any losses related to the volcano.

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  • Can I cancel my trip if my airline stops traveling to my destination due to the Icelandic volcano?

    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.

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  • Will my coverage extend if I am unable to leave my destination due to the volcano eruption?

    Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano erupted on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Any travel insurance policies purchased on or after that date, will not cover any losses related to the volcano. Travelers who are unable to leave their destination due to the volcano, must have purchased a policy prior to the eruption in order for their coverage to extend.

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  • When do I need to purchase a policy to have coverage for the Icelandic volcano?

    Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano erupted on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Travelers who were concerned with coverage for the volcano must have purchased a policy before the eruption. Any travel insurance policies purchased on or after August 30th, will not cover any losses related to the volcano.

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  • Is an eruption of the volcano a covered reason to cancel my trip?

    Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano erupted on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Any travel insurance policies purchased on or after that date, will not cover any losses related to the volcano, including cancelled or delayed flights.

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  • Can I purchase a travel insurance policy after the Icelandic volcano has erupted?

    Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano erupted on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Any travel insurance policies purchased on or after that date, will not cover any losses related to the volcano, including cancelled or delayed flights.

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  • Does the travel delay benefit cover an eruption of the Icelandic volcano?

    Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano erupted on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Any travel insurance policies purchased on or after that date, will not cover any losses related to the volcano, including delayed or cancelled flights.

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Natural Disaster Event Center External Resources

Natural disasters, such as volcanoes, earthquakes, and tornadoes, can leave large areas uninhabitable and significantly impact travel. Check with local authorities at your destination, and use these resources to determine if your destination has been evacuated or deemed uninhabitable: