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What is essential travel?

Overview

The cover under our policies is limited if you travel to a country to which the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against 'all but essential travel'. The FCDO define essential travel as follows "Whether travel is essential or not is your own decision. You may have urgent family or business commitments which you need to attend to. Only you can make an informed decision based on your own individual circumstances and the risks." We understand that this does not provide much clarity so we have outlined below reasons which we would routinely consider to constitute essential travel.

Essential travel

The following reasons are deemed to constitute essential travel. If you travel to a country to which the FCDO advises against all but essential travel for one of the reasons listed below you will have full cover under your policy.

Visiting Friends or Family
There are many reasons that you may feel it is essential to visit friends or family. For example visiting a new addition to the family, childcare, health concerns, providing care etc

Work and Education
Examples Include: Visiting an office, colleague or supplier; Attending a job interview or starting a new job; Charity work; Attending an educational course or taking part in work experience

Major Life Events
Examples Include: Attending Births, Adoptions, Weddings (and Civil Partnerships), Funerals

Property and Legal
Examples Include: Visiting estate/letting agents, viewing properties, buying or selling a property; Maintaining a property; Moving House; Fulfilling a legal obligation, participating in legal proceedings

Medical
Examples Include: Attending medical consultations or appointments either for yourself or with friends or family

Sports and Performing Arts
Examples Include: Structured Training, Taking part in events or competitions; Performing at events

Non-essential travel

The following reasons are not considered essential travel. If you travel to a country to which the FCDO advises against all but essential travel for one of the reasons listed below you will not receive any cover for a claim related either directly or indirectly reason the FCDO advice against travel is in place. For example if the advice is in place due to COVID then you will not have any cover for being unable to travel or becoming ill with COVID but will have all other cover in place for example for becoming ill for other reasons, needing to claim for lost baggage etc.

  • Going on a Holiday
  • Going on a GAP Year

Not sure?

If the reason you are travelling is not listed above and you believe the reason for your travel is essential then please contact us. Please note that referral process can take up to five working days.