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Last Updated: 05/02/17

The U.S. Department of State has issued a Europe Travel Alert, highlighting the risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.

The alert cautions U.S. citizens to exercise vigilance when traveling in Europe, especially during the popular summer season. The travel alert was issued on May 1, 2017, and expires on September 1, 2017.

This database is regularly updated with relevant new information, official provider position statements, and answers to frequently asked questions related to coverage for the Europe Travel Alert. Travel insurance position statements and FAQs included in this Information Center are subject to change at any time.

The U.S. Department of State previously issued a Europe Travel Alert on November 21, 2016. That alert, which expired on February 20, 2017, cautioned U.S. citizens to exercise vigilance when attending large holiday events and tourist sites and recommended travelers check the U.S. Embassy or consulate website for their destination.

The Europe Travel Alert does not affect the availability of coverage on standard travel insurance policies.

A travel alert is not a covered reason to cancel your trip unless you have the Cancel For Any Reason upgrade on your policy.

Questions? Squaremouth’s team of licensed travel insurance experts is available from 8am to 10pm ET daily by chat and by phone at 1-800-240-0369.

Fact Sheets and Press Releases

  • Europe Travel Alert: No Travel Insurance Coverage Until a Terrorist Attack Occurs, says Squaremouth

    ST. PETERSBURG FL May 4, 2017 — On Monday, May 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of State issued a travel alert for Europe due to the continued threat of terrorism. It comes at a time when traveler interest in terrorism coverage is at an all-time high, according to leading travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth.

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  • Europe Travel Alert: Not a Reason to Cancel Your Trip, Says Squaremouth

    ST. PETERSBURG, FL March 24, 2016 — The recent terrorist attacks in Brussels have led to a Europe Travel Alert issued by the U.S. Department of State. Squaremouth, a leading travel insurance comparison site, answers the most commonly asked questions about travel insurance coverage related to the travel alert for European countries, which account for three of the five most popular international destinations for its customers.

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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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  • Are domestic terrorist attacks covered by travel insurance?

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  • Can I still buy travel insurance for my upcoming trip to Germany?

    You can still buy travel insurance for an upcoming trip to Germany, but it will not include coverage for the Dec. 19 Christmas market attack in Berlin.

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  • Can I cancel my trip to Germany because of the Christmas market attack?

    You may be covered to cancel your upcoming trip to Germany because of the truck attack at the Christmas market in Berlin if you meet your policy's requirements for Terrorism coverage.

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  • Does the Berlin Christmas market attack qualify for Terrorism coverage?

    The truck attack at the Christmas market in Berlin may qualify for Terrorism coverage if the attack meets your provider's definition of terrorism.

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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 still get travel insurance for my trip to Europe even though there’s a travel alert?

    Travel insurance is still available to travelers planning trips to Europe, even though a travel alert has already been issued. The alert does not affect the coverage for any benefits.

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  • Can I cancel my trip due to the Europe Travel Alert if I have Cancel For Any Reason?

    Yes, you can cancel your trip because of the Europe Travel Alert if you have Cancel For Any Reason, as long as you do so at least 2-3 days before your scheduled departure date.

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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 a standard travel insurance policy.

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