When do I need to purchase a policy to have coverage for the Icelandic volcano?

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Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano erupted on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Travelers who were concerned with coverage for the volcano must have purchased a policy before the eruption. Any travel insurance policies purchased on or after August 30th, will not cover any losses related to the volcano.

If you are concerned about the Icelandic volcano affecting your travel plans, we recommend that you purchase a travel insurance policy as soon as possible. Currently, most travel insurance providers on Squaremouth.com consider an eruption of the volcano unforeseen. This means travel insurance coverage is still available. However, this may change at any time.

In the event of an eruption, most travel insurance providers would consider any losses related to the volcano "foreseeable", meaning any claims for these losses would likely be denied.

*Answers to travel insurance FAQs included in this Information Center are subject to change at any time as conditions related to the volcano change.

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Written by:
Holly Valenty
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