Non-medical evacuation, often referred to as political evacuation, is a travel insurance benefit that can assist travelers when emergency situations involving government or social upheaval threaten travelers’ safety.
Since the U.S. Department of State recently issued an updated travel warning for Syria, non-medical evacuation coverage may be important for U.S. citizens traveling to the region.
Volatile and unpredictable situations are common throughout the country, and there is an increased risk for kidnappings and terrorism. An Al Qaida in Iraq (AQI) affiliated terrorist group called the al-Nusrah Front has been responsible for more than 600 attacks since November of 2011.
Many travel insurance plans also include trip cancellation coverage for terrorist attacks. This benefit will allow a traveler to cancel a trip if there is a terrorist incident in a city on the traveler’s itinerary. The trip cancellation benefit reimburses 100% of prepaid, nonrefundable expenses.
Those traveling to Syria should be aware of the unreliability of phone and internet connections, making communication extremely difficult. Additionally, the U.S. Embassy in Syria is no longer able to provide their services. Travelers should contact the U.S. Embassy of the Czech Republic in the event of an emergency. For more information, travelers should visit the U.S. Department of State website here.