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Gap Year Travel Insurance

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  5. For UK and ROI residents only

From only £8.00 per Week

  • Covers 1 trip home
  • Non-manual work covered
  • Up to 2 years continuous travel

From only £8.00 per Week

Insurance for Gap Year Travel

Gap years present fantastic opportunities for you to explore other nations, lose yourself and find direction, all at the same time. Essential Travel offers gap year insurance for travel for up to two years with our Backpacker Travel Insurance policy.

Backpacker features include:

  • Continuous protection for up to 2 years
  • A return visit to your home in the UK and Ireland on the same policy
  • Over 100 low-risk sports that are covered at no extra cost
  • Protection for non-manual work

Can I partake in risky sports activities?

When travelling for an extended period, you are bound to partake in a few sporting activities. Gap Year Insurance extends to more than 100 low-risk Sports Grade 1 activities at no extra cost. Higher risk activities for Sports Grades 2, 3 and 4 require extra cover.

Experts' Top Tip - Gap Year cover is valid for up to 2 years. For shorter trips, you can adjust the time frame by selecting the correct dates in the quote form.

Adapt your quote to suit your needs

You have the choice of up to 3 levels and 4 areas of cover. Furthermore, you can add extra protection for more serious pre-existing medical conditions, cruises and winter sports to make sure that your policy deals with all the extras.

Gap Year insrurance is available to any UK or Irish resident aged 19 to 55 years old on our Backpacker policies.

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Add Extra Cover

You can customise your policy further with pre-existing medical condition cover, sports and a number of other specialist add-ons.

Do You Need to Declare a Medical Condition?

If you have a pre-existing medical condition it’s vital that you declare it or you could invalidate your entire policy. Insurers don’t like to think that you’ve hidden things from them and you may be surprised to find out that many common medical conditions such as allergies can be added without any additional cost. What’s more, you even have the option to declare a condition but then exclude it from your policy. What this means is that you’ve told your insurer about your condition but decided not to cover it, so you will be covered medically for anything unrelated to that condition.

Pre-Existing Medical Conditions

Specialist cover can be added to your policy in minutes via our easy Online Medical Screening system.

Do You Need Extra Sports or Specialist Cover?

A decent policy will include cover for many sporty or adventure activities as standard. However the more adventurous or dangerous the activity, like winter sports, the more likely it is that you will need to purchase additional sports insurance. You can customise your policy further a number of other specialist add-ons.

Hazardous Sports and activities

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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