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Last Updated: 01/11/18

On January 10, 2018, the United States Department of State announced a new system for issuing travel advisories for U.S. travelers.

The new travel advisory system gives every country a rating between 1 and 4, explaining the risk of traveling to each country. Threats considered will include crime, terrorism, civil unrest, health, natural disaster, time-limited event, and other.

The new advisory ratings are broken down as follows:

1 – Exercise normal precautions

2- Exercise increased caution

3 – Reconsider travel

4 – Do not travel

Squaremouth’s New Travel Advisory System and Travel Insurance Information Center explains the impact of the new system on travel insurance coverage. This resource 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 storm develops.

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

On January 10, 2018, the U.S. Department of Statement announced a new travel advisory system.

Typically, a travel alert is not enough to cancel your trip with standard Trip Cancellation policies.

Fact Sheets and Press Releases

  • New Travel Rating System for Dangerous Countries May Not Immediately Impact Travel Insurance, says Squaremouth

    ST. PETERSBURG FL January 12, 2018 — The United States Department of State replaced its travel advisory system for U.S. travelers. The new travel advisory system is a big deal for evaluating travel, however leading travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, says it likely won’t impact travel insurance coverage, at least for now.

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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 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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  • What travel insurance will allow me to cancel if I’m afraid a terrorist attack may occur?

    Only a policy that includes the Cancel For Any Reason upgrade will cover you to cancel due to fear of a potential terrorist attack.

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  • Can I cancel my trip because of a terror threat?

    Standard travel insurance policies do not provide coverage to cancel due to the threat of terrorism.

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