Read about our cover for Covid-19 included on all policies here

Please see below our most frequently asked questions regarding cover under our policies, please click the question below to be taken directly to the relevant information, or view all FAQs below.


If you can't find the answer to your question in our FAQs please contact us and our team will assist you further.


How is my Insurance Premium Calculated?

Your insurance premium is calculated on several factors including where you're travelling to, how long you're going for, how long in advance you purchase your policy, who you are travelling with, and what activities you'll do on holiday. We've created a handy document which you can see by clicking here which explains why we consider these factors. It also explains what external factors cause insurance premiums to increase on an annual basis and how we insure our policies offer fair value.

Applying for a Visa?

There is no cover under our policies if you fail to obtain required travel documents such as a visa or passport. We therefore recommend you apply in plenty of time as applications can take months. Please note that if you purchase your insurance to apply for a visa and your visa is rejected, our normal cancellation terms apply click here for more information.

Can I travel against Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) travel advice?

Policies issued on or after 18th October 2023

Your policy excludes all travel including essential. There is no cover under our policies where the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against travel. You can view the current advice by clicking here.

Please Note: If you are travelling to multiple destinations under your policy you must check the FCDO advice before each leg of your trip. If you are travelling for non-essential travel and move from a country without advice in place to a country for which 'all but essential' travel advice is in place there will be no cover under your policy, even if the country would be otherwise covered.

My policy was issued prior to 18th October 2023

Am I covered to cancel my trip if the outbound flight is cancelled?

As standard all our travel insurance policies cover cancellation of a trip if your outbound flight, departing from the United Kingdom, is cancelled and no suitable alternative public transport is provided within 24 hours of the scheduled time of departure.

If you need to make a claim under your policy, you should contact your travel provider for reimbursement in the first instance. If they do not refund your unused expenses, you can submit a claim online by accessing your Customer Zone from your welcome e-mail.

All cover will be subject to all other terms and conditions of your policy. Should your flight be cancelled by the airline, they are legally responsible to either provide you an alternative flight or full refund. They are also liable to provide overnight accommodation until the alternative flight becomes available. Since the EU 261 regulation was passed in 2004, passengers have been protected against severe flight disruption. The legislation confirms that long delays, cancellations, missed connections and flight re-bookings cause great inconvenience to the passenger, and as such affected passengers should be compensated.

Please note that similar protection exists where your travel is via pre-booked ferry or train and the same process should be followed.

Am I covered to continue my trip if the outbound, inbound or connecting flight is cancelled?

You should contact your travel provider in the first instance, as they should offer a suitable alternative public transport so you can continue your trip.

If your flight is delayed for more than 12 hours, all of our policies offer a delayed departure benefit. This is designed to help you pay for telephone calls, meals and refreshments purchased during the delay.

We can also cover your reasonable additional travel and accommodation expenses so you can continue your trip. We will only cover costs to the standard of your original booking and that cannot be claim back from your travel provider.

Please note if you booked a package trip, your additional transport and accommodation expenses will be arranged by your travel provider. We will not be able to refund any additional costs if you booked a package holiday, except for the delayed benefit.

All cover will be subject to all other terms and conditions of your policy. Should your flight be cancelled by the airline, they are legally responsible to either provide you an alternative flight or full refund. They are also liable to provide overnight accommodation until the alternative flight becomes available. Since the EU 261 regulation was passed in 2004, passengers have been protected against severe flight disruption. The legislation confirms that long delays, cancellations, missed connections and flight re-bookings cause great inconvenience to the passenger, and as such affected passengers should be compensated.

If you need to make a claim under your policy, you should contact your travel provider for reimbursement in the first instance. If they do not refund your additional expenses, you can submit a claim online by accessing your Customer Zone from your welcome e-mail.

Please note that similar protection exists where your travel is via pre-booked ferry or train and the same process should be followed.

Am I covered for Covid?

Any policy sold by Outbacker includes cover for any medical claim due to Covid. We include cover for cancellation due to you falling ill with Covid and being unable to travel or being required to self isolate, subject to medical certification or an official test result. We additionally include cover for curtailment due to the death of a close relative due to Covid.

Click here to view common scenarios and the cover available under your policy on our dedicated Covid Page.

What will I need to do if I test positive?

Unless your destination requires a COVID test then you have no obligation to take one prior to travel under our policy. If your destination does require a test or you wish to take one as you feel unwell we would generally recommend using a private test as noted below as this will include a standardised Fit (or unfit) to Fly Travel certificate. As standard the following options are available to you to prove you have tested positive

  • A private test from a provider that provides a Travel certificate, for example* https://covid.randox.com/pre-departure/
  • Any other written confirmation of a positive COVID test from a relevant source for example a pharmacy, doctors surgery or hospital.
* Please note this is not an endorsement of this particular provider, we use this as an example as they are one of the largest providers in the UK.

Am I covered for the cost of COVID testing?

No. Our policies do not cover the cost of COVID tests either prior to, during, or post your travel.

Note: Our claims team will assess costs for COVID tests required by a doctor or hospital as part of a valid claim for emergency medical assistance on a case by case basis. Claims for COVID tests for any other reason (for example pre-departure, in hotel/venue or post arrival tests) will not be covered.

I need written confirmation my policy covers COVID

If you purchased your policy prior to 1st January 2024 you will be able to download a confirmation of COVID cover document from your Customer Zone.

For policies purchased on or after 1st January 2024, we no longer issue a separate confirmation of COVID cover as we are not aware of any country continuing to require this document. If your destination requires proof of insurance your certificate of insurance should be provided. If you'd like to review the cover under the policy you can click here.

I had to change my travel dates, can I move my insurance?

We are able to change your cover dates subject to some terms and conditions. The options available to you depend on how long it has been since your original intended travel date.

You can move your policy at no cost so long as your new travel starts within a year of your original start date on a like for like basis, in many cases once you have changed your date you will be able to make other mid term adjustments such as increasing cover duration or upgrading your area of cover. To do so please enter your Customer Zone and click 'Change my Travel Dates', please note for your security you will need to enter your post code to verify your identity.

If you wish to move your policy back more than a year from your original start date we may be able to do so subject to certain terms and conditions. Please contact our customer services team for further information.

I am abroad and my return flight has been delayed to a later date
so I return after my policy expires, what do I do?

If your return flight (or train/ferry) is cancelled while you are abroad and replaced with a later flight (or train/ferry) your policy will automatically extend at no cost (and without need to notify us). Please note this is subject to you returning on the first available alternative date offered by your travel provider.

If you do not wish to return on the first available date offered by your travel provider we may be able to offer you an extension while abroad, in most cases you will be able to do this online via your Customer Zone.

I had to return home early from my travels, what are my options?

Claim for curtailment of your travels
If you have had to return home to the UK early you may be able to make a claim for curtailment under you policy. Please note that prior to attempting a claim you must in all cases attempt to obtain a refund for any pre-booked accommodation, travel or other services. For more information on how to make a claim please see section 'How do I make a claim?'.

I am no longer planning to travel, can I cancel my policy?

You can cancel your policy through the customer zone using the process outlined below, the amount we will refund depends on how long you have had your policy. You will not be able to cancel your policy if you have made a claim. Terms and Conditions apply.

How to Cancel Your Policy:
  1. Access your Customer Zone
  2. Click 'Edit Your Policy'
  3. Click 'Cancel Policy'
  4. Confirm you have not made nor do you intend to make a claim under this policy

How much we will refund:
  • If you cancel within 14 days of purchase and have not travelled you will receive a full refund.
  • If you cancel before the start date of your policy we will refund:
    • between 14 and 30 days after purchase: 70%
    • between 31 and 60 days after purchase: 60%
    • between 61 and 365 days after purchase: 50%
  • If you cancel after the start date of your policy we will refund the amount in the table above, minus a proportionate amount based on the time you have been on cover. Please note that this will be calculated based on the number of full months of cover remaining on your policy on the date you request cancellation.

By following this process, we aim, if your request is approved, to process your cancellation within 2 working days or receipt and thereafter funds should reach your account within 3 to 5 working days.

How do I make a claim?

The quickest way to make a claim is online. Please be aware that in all cases you should attempt to obtain a refund or voucher from your travel provider prior to making a claim. If you are concerned about the requirement to notify us as soon as possible of a loss please be assured that you do not need to make a claim until such point as your travel provider has formally in writing denied your request.

Make a claim online: Enter your Customer Zone and click 'Make a Claim', please note for your security you will need to enter your post code to verify your identity.

For more information, or if you need to make a claim for a Medical or other Emergency, or for Gadget Cover please view our claims page for more information.

I would like to make a complaint about a delay in processing my claim

In most instances you should expect the claims team to review your claim within 2 to 4 weeks though it can sometimes take a little longer. If your claim has taken longer than 6 weeks please contact us so we can investigate the reason for the delay.

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