Prices from £7.88 for 1 week's cover in Europe
European Travel Insurance
There are three types of holiday insurance policies covering Europe which you can choose from.
|Policy Type||Why choose this policy?|
|Single Trip||1 single trip for a maximum of 87 days
Any traveller up to 74 years of age
This policy can be purchased up to 365 days in advance
|Annual Multi trip||Unlimited trips for 12 months
45 days maximum per trip for travellers under 65 years of age
31 days maximum per trip for 65 - 74 years olds
This policy can be purchased up to 31 days in advance of the first trip
|Backpacker||Up to 2 years of non stop travel|
Travellers between 19 - 55 years old
This policy can be purchased up to 60 days in advance
If you are over 74, please see our over 74 travel insurance page.
Our European Policies include cover for:
- Medical up to £10 million
- Cancellation up to £5000
- Baggage up to £2000
You can customise your European policy with the choice of 4 cover levels and the option to add extra protection for pre-existing medical conditions, sports, golf, cruises, business and weddings if you need it, so that you only pay for the cover you need.
In the table below, you can see which countries are classed within Europe on our travel insurance policies.
|Countries Covered Under Our European Holiday Insurance|
|Poland||Portugal||Republic of Ireland|
If you are unsure of whether we offer cover in your destination, simply contact us - we'd be happy to assist.
Experts' Top Tip – Hiring a car in Europe? Essential Travel also provides you with comprehensive European Car Hire Excess Insurance for added financial protection.
EHIC Medical Insurance and Holiday Insurance
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) can be used in EU countries to provide free or reduced cost medical treatment.
- It is advisable to take out Europe holiday insurance before you travel since EHIC can be used solely for medical cover in state run hospitals. Access to state run hospitals may not be extensive at times
- The EHIC does not cover the cost of any treatments in private medical centres which can cause problems as some resorts call private ambulances and you will get taken to a private clinic
- The EHIC also does not include repatriation or cover you against cancellation or curtailment of your holiday, baggage loss, legal expenses etc
Read more about the differences between travel insurance and European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
5 Easy Steps to Book Online
Booking online is quick and easy, even for first timers. All you need to do is:
Add Extra Cover
You can customise your policy further with pre-existing medical condition cover, sports and a number of other specialist add-ons.
Specialist cover can be added to your policy in minutes via our easy Online Medical Screening system.
If you want to play sport on holiday, make sure you do so safely by adding the correct sports grade to your policy.
100+ sports are covered at no extra cost on our policies!
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