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Last Updated: 08/08/17

On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, an earthquake struck in China’s Sichuan province, near the popular tourist area of Jiuzhaigou, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 200 others.

Many travel insurance policies have coverage for natural disasters. The China Earthquake and Travel Insurance Information Center explains coverage for the earthquake. This resource is regularly updated by Squaremouth’s travel insurance experts with official provider position statements, answers to frequently asked questions, and more. Information is subject to change at any time.

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

If you are currently in China and affected by the earthquake, contact your provider's 24-Hour Emergency Assistance for help.

You may be able to cancel your upcoming trip to China, or return home early, if you meet your policy's requirements.

To be eligible for coverage, you must have purchased a policy before August 8, 2017 ET.

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FAQs

  • 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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  • 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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