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Last Updated: 10/31/17

On Tuesday, October 31, 2017, a driver drove a truck onto a busy bicycle path in New York City, killing at least 8 and injuring multiple others. The mayor of New York City called the incident an “act of terror”. On October 31, U.S. Department of State declared the attack an act terrorism.

The New York City Truck 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 New York City truck 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 New York City and affected by this incident, contact your provider's 24-Hour Emergency Assistance for help.

As of October 31, 2017, the New York City truck attack is no longer considered an unforeseen event. Any new travel insurance policies purchased after that point will not provide any coverage related to this event.

On October 31, 2017, the U.S. Department of State has declared the attack an act of terrorism.

Fact Sheets and Press Releases

  • How Travel Insurance Terrorism Coverage Can Help NYC-Bound Tourists This Holiday Season, Says Squaremouth

    ST PETERSBURG FL, November 15, 2017 — Many travelers going to New York are on edge this holiday season because of last month’s terrorist attack. Travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, explains how travel insurance can and can’t help travelers who are worried about terrorism.

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  • How Travel Insurance Can Cover You After the NYC Terrorist Attack, Explained by Squaremouth

    ST PETERSBURG FL November 1, 2017 –– New York City is the most recent tourist destination targeted by a terrorist attack, after a man drove a truck down a crowded bicycle path, killing 8 people and injuring many others.

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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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  • Will Cancel For Any Reason let me cancel because I’m afraid to travel?

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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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