What doesn’t your travel insurance cover?

A travel insurance plan covers most of the contingencies which you might face when you are travelling. It takes care of your financial losses and compensates you for them. However, though travel insurance plans can be quite comprehensive in their coverage benefits, there are some situations  which are not covered. These are called exclusions, and you should know about these exclusions to understand the exact scope of coverage of your travel insurance policy.

Common exclusions could be :

  • Pre-existing illnesses

If you suffer from any illness at the time of buying the policy it would be called a pre-existing illness. Any medical complication arising out of such illness would not be covered. Most travel insurance plans do not cover pre-existing illnesses. However, there are some plans which charge an additional premium and then provide coverage for such illnesses. So, if you have pre-existing illnesses you can choose such plans.

  • Travelling for medical reasons

If you are travelling specifically for availing medical treatments, you would not get coverage under your travel insurance plan.

  • Travelling against medical advice

If your physician has prohibited you from travelling or has advised you not to travel and you go against such advice of a medical practitioner, any subsequent medical complications that you face would not be covered.

  • Deliberate or self-inflicted losses

If you face a loss due to your deliberate actions such losses would not be covered. Moreover, if you inflict injuries on yourself or you attempt suicide, the medical expenses incurred out of such medical emergencies would be excluded from the plan’s coverage.

  • Participation in adventure sports or dangerous activities

If you engage in adventure sports like bungee jumping, scuba diving, paragliding, etc. when you travel, there are greater chances of facing injury or death. Therefore, such adventure sports and their subsequent contingencies are not covered. Moreover, if you engage in any other dangerous activity while travelling, such activities would also be excluded from the scope of coverage.

Though participation in adventure sports is not usually covered, if you are travelling specifically to participate in such sports, you can inform the insurance company and avail coverage against possible medical contingencies. The insurance company would charge an additional premium and might also impose some terms and conditions but coverage would be granted in such cases by many insurers.

  • Pregnancy or congenital illness related claims

Claims due to pregnancy complications or due to complications faced from a congenital illness are not covered.

  • Claims due to criminal acts

If you engage in acts which breach the law and then there is a subsequent claim, such claims would not be covered.

  • Substance abuse

If you consume alcohol, drugs or any other banned narcotics and then suffer any contingency, the contingency would not be covered.

  • Other instances

Claims due to mental illness, cosmetic treatments which you voluntarily opt for, claims due to riots, war-like situations, nuclear contamination, etc. are also not covered. Moreover, if your claim is within the deductible limit of the policy, it would not be paid. For instance, loss of baggage is covered if the loss is for more than a period of 12 hours. If, however, the baggage is located within a time period lower than 12 hours (i.e. between 1-11 hours), claim for loss of baggage would not be paid.

Actual exclusions might vary across plans and you should understand what the policy doesn’t cover so that you can make a valid claim in a contingency.