Covid-19 - what our travel insurance covers
Our travel insurance now covers you for certain events related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), provided you have proof of a positive Covid-19 test and your cover is active at the time of the event.
What we cover
- Emergency medical and repatriation costs if you become ill with COVID-19 while abroad and must self-isolate
- Trip cancellation if you are diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days of your trip departure
- Cutting short your trip because you're denied boarding on your pre-booked outbound travel due to symptoms of COVID-19
- Trip cancellation because of the hospitalisation or death of a close relative due to Covid-19 within the 14 days prior to your trip departure
- You can't continue with a pre-booked because you contracted Covid-19 while on your trip
- Cutting short your trip due to your death or the death of a close relative from Covid-19
What we don’t cover
- If you had reason to believe your trip may be cancelled, postponed or cut short when you booked it, purchased your policy or started your trip.
- Cancelling, cutting short your trip or being unable to continue with a trip or pre-booked excursion because you're required to self-isolate due to the potential exposure to Covid-19 except for reasons specified
- If you travel against Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice. You will need to check the travel advice for all countries you visit or will transit through
- Cancelling or cutting short your trip due to the FCDO changing its advice regarding your destination or countries you will transit through due to COVID-19
- Costs incurred as a result of a local outbreak of COVID-19 that meant you couldn't stay in your pre-booked accommodation or vessel
- Due to travel restrictions or quarantine imposed by any government or public authority, including local lockdowns, being denied entry and compulsory entry requirements
For more information about how Coronavirus (COVID-19) affects your travel cover, see our FAQ page. And remember to check the policy booklet carefully before you buy to make sure our cover meets your needs.
UK Travel Insurance
A staycation is the perfect way to explore your immediate surroundings or even venture a little further afield in the UK. Whether it's pitching up on one of Britain's most scenic coastlines, driving or cycling the length of the country from Land’s End to John O’Groats, holidaymakers looking to stay closer to home are really spoiled for choice.
Do you need insurance for a staycation?
While you don’t need cover for medical expenses while holidaying in most parts of the UK thanks to the NHS, since April 2009 there’s been no NHS medical cover for UK travellers in the Channel Islands, so it's important to take out travel insurance for your holiday to Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, Sark or Herm.
And travel insurance offers further cover for things such as inpatient travel expenses to and from the hospital, or if you need to return to your home area on the advice of a doctor.
Besides medical care, your UK travel insurance will also protect you against things like:
- Lost luggage or money
- Theft of sports equipment
You must be travelling more than 25 miles away from your home address and staying for two or more consecutive nights for travel insurance to kick in.
Should I get travel insurance for domestic flights?
Despite the familiar surroundings, you can still encounter problems when you holiday in the UK. Cancellations or lost/stolen property could affect your trip, so it’s useful to know you're covered for every eventuality.
Admiral Travel Insurance gives protection against airlines losing your luggage and having to cut your trip short - this can happen just as easily in the UK, as well as abroad.
Choose from three levels of cover
Emergency medical treatment & repatriation (Limits up to)
Cancellation or cutting short your trip (Limits up to)
Personal belongings (Limits up to)
Money & documents (Limits up to)
Read the full list of benefits in the policy summary booklet.
Admiral Travel Insurance breaks down travel into four zones:
- Worldwide excluding USA, Canada, Caribbean and Mexico
The UK zone covers England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, or the Isle of Man depending on where your home is, and three tiers of cover with increasing coverage and product benefits are available. You can choose between Admiral, Admiral Gold or Admiral Platinum to suit your needs best.
Do I need single or annual UK Travel Insurance?
Whether you’re planning just one summer holiday in a year or multiple trips, we have the cover you need.
Our single trip insurance is best for those who are not frequent holidaymakers, and covers you for one trip for up to 365 days.
If you plan on travelling more than once throughout a year, annual UK travel insurance is for you.
You’ll be covered no matter how many times you choose to travel (up to 31 days at a time, but this may be extended upon request).
UK travel insurance extras
If sight-seeing isn’t your thing and you want to include sports in your staycation, we have a few optional extras for you to think about adding to your insurance.
If you’re planning on making the most of the UK’s winter weather and hitting the slopes to ski or snowboard, you’ll need to add our Winter Sports upgrade to your cover. This protects against damage to your own, or hired, equipment and piste closures.
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Why do I need travel insurance – won’t my home insurance cover me in the UK?
Contents insurance will usually include cover away from home, but it’s important to check which possessions you have cover for. Some things may need to be named as a ‘specified item’ on your policy so they’re covered while you’re travelling, for example a piece of jewellery or a camera worth over £1,000.
Admiral Contents Insurance offers up to £20,000 of cover for yours and your family’s personal possessions (worth up to £1,000 each) such as handbags, jewellery and laptops against any loss or damage.
What if I have a pre-existing medical condition?
A pre-existing medical condition is a short or long term illness or injury you have or have had before you buy travel insurance. This includes having symptoms, tests, diagnosis or medical treatment for a condition.
You can declare your pre-existing medical conditions during the quote process to see if we can offer cover. If you’re unsure what needs to be declared or if you're unable to find your condition on the medical conditions list, please contact us on 0333 234 9913.
Your pre-existing medical conditions won’t be covered unless you’ve:
- Declared them all on your policy
- Received written confirmation that we’ll cover your medical condition
- Paid any additional premium in full
Policy terms and conditions apply. Please note, if you’ve had a positive diagnosis of Covid-19 in the last two years and sought medical attention, this needs to be declared on your policy.
If you don’t tell us about your pre-existing medical conditions or give us incorrect information, your policy may be invalid, and we may refuse all or part of any claim you submit.
For a quote with us, click the green button above.
The MoneyHelper directory
If you require cover for more serious medical conditions, MoneyHelper may be able to help you find specialist travel insurance through their medical directory.
If you wish to get in touch with them you can call them on 0800 138 7777 or find them online. (Monday to Friday 8:00-18:00, closed on Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays.)
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