A new product has been designed to offer travel insurance to individuals or groups going from the UK, EEA and overseas dependent territories on business or leisure to areas that are deemed to be high risk.

The ‘high-risk’ status is as defined by government advisories and which would not be covered under a typical retail travel insurance policy  It would include warzones, conflict and crisis zones, disaster relief and humanitarian aid areas, for example.

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office regularly recommends against ‘all but essential travel’ to some countries. But many people make those journeys assuming, wrongly, that their health insurance plan or standard travel insurance would cover them in these challenging and higher risk locations.

But virtually all many mainstream travel insurance products restrict cover if someone is travelling to a dangerous, remote and challenging location worldwide including warzones, crises and disaster relief zones against the advice of one’s home government. Restrictions to cover also apply if there is a travel advisory on or within six months of the date of arrival.

High Risk Voyager Travel Insurance is available for individuals and groups on business and work trips including journalism, media, humanitarian, aid, disaster and relief work, conservation, research, voluntary, missionary, religious work and charitable programmes including teaching, study and educational travel and non-governmental organisations (NGO).

A High Risk Voyager single-trip policy can cover trips up to 365 days on business or work, and up to 31 days for leisure travel, or incidental leisure travel preceding or attaching to a business trip. Annual multi-trip policies are available for an unlimited number of trips of up to 31 days each and includes 17 days winter sports cover.

Travellers have the choice of up to four territorial zones of cover including war, crisis and disaster relief zones in countries such as Afghanistan, Somalia, Syria, Sudan, Iraq and Yemen.

Policies are available with standard or enhanced levels of cover, with a choice of two levels of Medical+ cover with limits of up to £/$/€1 million. They provide cover for emergency medical expenses, emergency repatriation/evacuation, political and natural disaster evacuation expenses, emergency medical dental treatment, personal accident, PTSD assessment and counselling following a hostile event, and also hijack, mugging, piracy and wrongful detention.

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