This coverage provides reimbursement for your pre-paid travel expenses (up to the policy limit) in the event you, a traveling companion, a family member, or (in some plans) a business partner are seriously ill or injured prior to or during your trip. This is a listed covered reason under trip cancellation coverage and trip interruption coverage.
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What does Injury and Illness cover?
Important notes about this coverage
What type of policy covers this?
How much coverage does each company provide?
Terry and her sister, June, were planning a week of biking and exploring the wineries of Sonoma. They purchased a travel package and found trip insurance in case they had a biking accident along the way.
A week before the trip, June, was hit while riding her bike and suffered a broken hip and concussion. June’s doctor advised travel would be dangerous, and Terry wasn’t about to go without her sister. So, Terry contacted their travel insurance company. With the physician’s report, the sisters received a full refund for their pre-paid travel costs by check and Terry got on a plane to take care of her sister. They could take their trip next summer. Right now, June needed to get better.
This coverage is included in the covered reasons for pre-trip cancellation, and in some cases for trip interruptions, missed connections, and travel delays, in the event you or a traveling companion become seriously ill or injured and are advised by a physician not to travel. Some plans also allow for cancellations and interruptions in the event a family member or business partner are seriously ill or injured and you cannot start or continue your trip.
Specific requirements for this coverage include the following:
Travel insurance plans additionally provide coverage for situations when the insured or their traveling companion cannot be examined by a medical doctor before the trip is canceled or interrupted; however, an examination must be accomplished within 72 hours of your cancellation or interruption for benefits to be paid.
In addition, this coverage allows the insured to cancel their trip before their scheduled departure in the event a family member becomes seriously ill or injured. For example, if the insured’s parent suffers a heart attack and is hospitalized, a trip may be canceled for a full refund as long as family members are included as a covered reason for cancellation in the plan certificate. The family member’s medical condition must be verified by a physician’s report.
This coverage is available in package plans that include coverage for pre-trip cancellations and post-departure trip interruptions. This coverage is not available in travel medical plans.
Each of the plans in the following table allow for trip cancellation and trip interruption (except where noted) if you or a traveling companion are seriously ill or injured. Some plans also allow for trip cancellations or interruptions of a family member or business partner are seriously ill or injured; and some plans allow injury and illness as a covered reason for missed connection coverage or trip delays.
|Plan||Company||Family Member||Business Partner||Includes Missed Connections||Includes Travel Delays|
|Worldwide Trip Protector||Travel Insured||Yes||Yes|
|Trip Protector Lite Expanded||Travel Insured||Yes||Yes|
|Trip Protector Lite||Travel Insured||Yes||Yes|
|Worldwide Trip Protector Gold||Travel Insured||Yes||Yes|
|Tee, Tour, and Travel||Travel Guard||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Pack 'n Go **||Travel Guard||Yes||Yes|
|Sportsman's Travel||Travel Guard||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|My Travel Guard||Travel Guard||Yes||Yes|
|Savvy Traveler||Travel Guard|
|Adventure Travel||Travel Guard||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Business Traveler||Travel Guard||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Travel Rite Annual||Travel Guard||Yes||Yes|
|Travel Plus||Travelex Insurance|
|Travel Lite||Travelex Insurance|
|Travel Max||Travelex Insurance||Yes|
|Select Advantage||Travelex Insurance||Yes|
|RoundTrip Choice||Seven Corners||Yes||Yes|
|RoundTrip Elite||Seven Corners||Yes||Yes|
|RoundTrip Economy||Seven Corners||Yes||Yes|
|Trip Protector||HTH Worldwide||Yes||Yes|
|Trip Protector e-Saver ***||HTH Worldwide||Yes|
|Trip Protector Preferred||HTH Worldwide||Yes||Yes|
|No coverage||Global Underwriters|
|Preferred Plus||Global Alert||Yes||Yes|
|TravMed Abroad *||FrontierMEDEX||Yes|
|TravMed Global *||FrontierMEDEX||Yes||Yes|
* Available as an optional upgrade
** This plan does not include trip cancellation coverage
*** This plan does not include trip interruption coverage
Damian Tysdal is the founder of CoverTrip, and he believes travel insurance should be easier to understand. He started the first travel insurance blog in 2006.