Last Updated: 03/19/19

On March 15, 2019, two mass shootings in mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand killed at least 50 people and injured more than 40 others. The attack has been declared a terrorist attack by New Zealand’s Prime Minister.

The New Zealand Mosque Shootings Travel Insurance Information Center explains coverage related to the attack. This database is regularly updated by Squaremoth’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 terrorist attack. We are available from 8am to 10pm ET daily by chat and by phone at 800-240-0369.

On Friday, March 15, at least 50 people were killed and more than 40 others were injured in mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

If you are currently traveling in New Zealand and affected by the incident, contact your provider's 24-Hour Emergency Assistance for help.

Travelers may be covered to cancel their upcoming trip to New Zealand, as long as they had a travel insurance policy in place prior to March 15, 2019, and meet their policy's requirements.

Fact Sheets and Press Releases

  • New Zealand Mosque Shootings: Travel Insurance and Terrorism Coverage Explained

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. March 15, 2019 – On Friday March 15, 2019, shootings at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch has left at least 49 dead and has been declared an act of terrorism. Travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, explains what travelers need to know now about coverage related to the shootings.

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FAQs

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

    The attack at the Christmas market in Strasbourgh, France was declared an act of terrorism, and may be covered by travel insurance.

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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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  • 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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    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 a standard travel insurance policy.

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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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