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What to Know About Travel Insurance if Hurricane Maria Halts Your Caribbean Travel Plans

What to Know About Travel Insurance if Hurricane Maria Halts Your Caribbean Travel Plans

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ST. PETERSBURG FL September 21, 2017 — Hurricane Irma ripped through the Caribbean as a Category 5 storm, leaving many areas uninhabitable. With Hurricane Maria now hitting the same region, travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, explains travel insurance coverage for those whose Caribbean vacations are impacted by the storm.

You May Be Refunded if Maria Ruins Your Trip

Travelers can be refunded their entire trip cost if their flight or cruise to the Caribbean is cancelled by the storm, as well as if their accommodations at their destination are rendered uninhabitable. Some travel insurance policies can also refund travelers to cancel if their destination is under a hurricane warning.

It’s Too Late to Buy Travel Insurance Once a Storm is on the Radar

Travel insurance only covers unforeseen events. Once Maria was named on September 16, it became foreseen, meaning new policies purchased after that date will not refund trips cancelled by the storm.

You Are Not Covered to Cancel Just Because Your Fun Plans Were Ruined

Many travelers think travel insurance will pay them back if their trip doesn’t go as planned. However, travel insurance doesn’t cover loss of enjoyment. As long as you can make it to your destination on time and your hotel is safe, you likely will not be refunded to cancel your trip.

Squaremouth created the Hurricane Maria and Travel Insurance Information Center with up-to-date information for travelers whose trips are affected by the storm, including answers to FAQs and statements from travel insurance providers. The information center will be regularly updated by Squaremouth’s travel insurance experts as events unfold.

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Available Topic Expert: Steven Benna, inhouse data specialist is available for comment and interview. (727) 619-7262

About Squaremouth: Squaremouth compares travel insurance policies from every major travel insurance provider in the United States. Using Squaremouth's comparison engine and third-party customer reviews, travelers can research and compare travel insurance policies side-by-side. More information can be found at