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Last Updated: 08/17/17

On Thursday, August 17, 2017, a series of terrorist attacks in Spain killed at least 14 people and injured roughly 130 others. In Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district, a van drove into a crowd of people, killing at least 13 people and injuring more than 100 others. In the nearby town of Cambrils, a car drove into a crowd of bystanders, killing 1 person and injuring 7 others.

The Barcelona Van Attack and Travel Insurance Information Center explains coverage related to the incident. This database is regularly updated by Squaremouth’s travel insurance experts with answers to frequently asked questions, official provider position statements, travel alerts and notices, and other information as the situation develops. 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 Barcelona van attack. We are available from 8am to 10pm ET daily by chat and by phone at 1-800-240-0369.

 

If you are currently in Barcelona and affected by this incident, contact your provider's 24-Hour Emergency Assistance for help.

As of August 17, 2017, the Barcelona attack is no longer considered an unforeseen event. Any new travel insurance policies purchased after that point will not provide any coverage related to the attack.

Local police have told tourists to avoid the area, and requested closure of local metro and train stations.

Fact Sheets and Press Releases

  • Barcelona Van Attack: Terrorism Travel Insurance Can Cover Travelers

    ST. PETERSBURG FL August 17, 2017 — Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district is the most recent popular European destination to be targeted by terrorists, after a van drove through the crowded tourist area on Thursday, August 17, 2017.

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FAQs

  • 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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  • When is an attack considered terrorism by travel insurance?

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    For an attack to be covered by travel insurance, it must be deemed an act of terrorism by the U.S. Department of State.

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  • Can I cancel my trip because of a travel alert?

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    A travel alert is not a covered reason to cancel your trip on standard travel insurance policies.

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  • Can I cancel my trip because I’m worried about terrorism?

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    An increased risk of terrorism, or fear that a terrorist attack will occur because of the recent bombing in New York, is not a covered reason to cancel your trip with standard travel insurance.

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  • Can I purchase a travel insurance policy after a terrorist attack?

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    Yes, you can purchase a travel insurance policy after a terrorist attack. However, in most cases, the policy will not cover losses related to the attack.

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  • What coverage is available if there is a terrorist attack?

    Some Trip Cancellation and Trip Interruption benefits include coverage for Terrorism.

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  • Can I cancel my trip because of the terrorist attack?

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    Yes, many policies provide coverage to cancel your trip if there is a terrorist attack at your destination, as long as you had a policy in place before the attack occurred and you meet the requirements for Terrorism coverage.

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  • Can I cancel if there is a terrorist threat to the country I am traveling to?

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    Short Answer Unfortunately, standard Trip Cancellation coverage will not allow travelers to cancel their trip due to the threat of a terrorist attack.

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  • What if I don't want to travel due to terrorist threats?

    Short Answer Choosing not to travel, regardless of the reason, is not a covered reason under any travel insurance policy’s Trip Cancellation coverage. In order to be covered to cancel a trip due to terrorism, an official act of terrorism must meet your policy’s definition.

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  • Can I cancel my trip because of terrorism?

    Yes, many policies allow travelers to cancel their trip because of terrorism at their destination, as long as their policy includes Terrorism coverage and was purchased before the attack occurred.

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