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.

Last Updated: 05/04/18

Hawaii’s Mount Kilauea volcano erupted on Thursday, May 3, 2018, spewing lava toward a residential area and causing mandatory evacuations. More than 250 earthquakes have also hit the Big Island, including one with a magnitude 6.9. As of Friday, May 4, local officials do not expect the earthquake to cause a damaging tsunami.

Many travel insurance policies have coverage for natural disasters, including volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. The Hawaii Mount Kilauea Volcanic Eruption travel insurance information center explains coverage for the eruption. 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 volcano and earthquakes. We are available from 8am to 10pm ET daily by chat and by phone at 1-800-240-0369.

Hawaii's most active volcano, Mount Kilauea, erupted on Thursday, May 3, 2018, causing mandatory evacuations of the area.

More than 250 earthquakes have also hit the Big Island, including one with a magnitude 6.9. As of Friday, May 4, local officials do not expect the earthquake to cause a damaging tsunami.

As of Friday, May 4, there have not been major flight disruptions due to the volcano or earthquakes.

If you are currently traveling in Hawaii and affected by the volcano or earthquakes, contact your provider's 24-Hour Emergency Assistance for help.

Fact Sheets and Press Releases

  • 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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  • Why the Eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Isn’t Covered Under Your Travel Insurance Policy

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. May 4, 2018 — The eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano on the southern end of the Big Island led to a mandatory evacuation of nearby residing locals. However, the impact on travel appears minimal. Still, tourists with upcoming trips to the popular destination may be concerned. Leading travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, explains why travel insurance probably won’t cover travelers whose trips may be impacted by the volcano.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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