Can I cancel a trip because of Ebola?

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Short Answer

Standard Trip Cancellation policies do not cover cancellation due to Ebola, unless you contract the virus and become unexpectedly ill. If this is your concern, you must purchase your policy before your illness is documented or diagnosed.


More Detail

Canceling a trip due to fear of contracting Ebola is not a covered reason under any travel insurance policy. If you want to cancel your trip because you are worried about the Ebola outbreak, we recommend purchasing a policy with the Cancel for Any Reason upgrade.

In order to be eligible for Cancel for Any Reason, you must purchase your policy within 30 days of your first trip deposit date. Additionally, you must insure 100% of your trip cost and cancel your trip at least 2-3 days before your departure. Cancel for Any Reason increases the premium by about 40% and provides up to 75% reimbursement of your trip cost.

Some policies include specific limitations or exclusions related to Ebola. To read each provider’s current position on their coverage of the Ebola outbreak, please read their official position statements here:

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Written by:
Courtney Pechart
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