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COVID UPDATE - August 2021:

As some borders are opening up to tourists once again, especially in Europe, its great to see that some travel insurance companies are now including Covid-19 benefits in their policies. However, they still have limits and exclusions, so you must read the small print carefully to know exactly what situations you are/are not covered for.

  1. 1
    World Nomads Travel Insurance - new section added to cover eight Covid-19 related events for residents of 97 countries from UK & Ireland, some non-EEA European countries, Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America (excluding Brazil).
  2. 2
    Covermore Travel Insurance - Australian travellers - new 'Covid-19 Ready' section added.

Other useful sites:
Before you travel, please ensure you check the latest travel updates for your country and which countries have open borders.
You don't want to be left stuck anywhere.
Also check your travel insurance with regards to what they will/will not cover related to Covid-19.
World Nomads Travel Insurance provides a dedicated FAQ page with helpful info.


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I'm  Lisa

At last count I've been to 71 countries. My path to becoming a Global Gypsy began when my geography teacher took us on a school trip to Singapore. I was so mesmerised by the different culture, food and landscape that I immediately caught the travel bug. After completing a business degree in tourism and working in various large travel organisations in Australia and UK, I backpacked around the world for 11 years non-stop. Even worked on cruise ships in the Caribbean. I believe life is enhanced through travel adventures. My passion is to share my wealth of travel tips to help you travel smarter for less.  Find out more

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