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Last Updated: 07/21/17

Early Friday, July 21, 2017 (July 20, 2017 ET), an earthquake occurred between the Greek Island of Kos and the Turkish coast, killing at least two people and injuring many others.

Many travel insurance policies have coverage for natural disasters. The Greece 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 Greece or Turkey 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 Greece or Turkey, or return home early, if you meet your policy's requirements.

To be eligible for coverage, you must have purchased a policy before July 20, 2017 ET.

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