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Single Trip Travel Insurance

UK, Europe & Worldwide
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From only £12.06 per Week

  • Cancellation & Curtailment
  • Single, Annual & Backpacker
  • Medical, Cancellation & Baggage cover
  • 24/7 emergency helpline

From only £12.06 per Week

If you plan on travelling once or twice over the next year, our single trip policy is likely to be the most cost effective solution for you. With no minimum trip duration, we can cover those aged up to 64 years old on a single trip for up to 31 days continual travel, no matter where you travel - UK, Europe or Worldwide.

Why buy single trip cover?

Whether you're on staycation in the UK, heading to Europe with the family or travelling to some far-flung, worldwide destination, we can provide you with the best travel insurance. As well as over 100 sports and activities covered as standard, we can add extra cover to your policy for snow sports, cruise cover and pre-existing medical conditions, all with a 24/7 emergency helpline.

Essential Travel single trip insurance covers:

  • Cancellation - up to £5,000
  • Medical Emergency Expenses - up to £10million
  • Personal Accident - up to £30,000
  • Personal Possessions - up to £2,000
  • Hospital Benefits - up to £1,200
  • 100+ sports and activities as standard
  • No minimum trip duration

What levels of cover should I look for?

It is important that you choose a level of cover that is suitable to the type of trip you are taking. Choosing a policy that is based on price could prove to be false economy and leave you short in areas that you should really cover.

Emergency Medical Expenses

Comprehensive health insurance is arguably the most important element of travel insurance and a reliable policy will cover you for hospital care, medical transportation and repatriation back to the UK in case of emergency. Overseas medical expenses can escalate quickly and even the cost to treat the smallest of injuries and ailments can soon mount up. All our policies include different levels of emergency medical cover, but you should decide which level you take depending on the destination. For example, medical treatment in North America, Australia and the Caribbean is much higher than in Europe, and the cost of repatriation to the UK can run into tens of thousands of pounds.


A European Health Insurance Card (formally an E111) will entitle you to receive state health care at a reduced cost or sometimes free in Europe, alone. It will cover you for treatment that is needed to allow you to continue your stay until your planned return. It can also cover you for treatment of pre-existing medical conditions and routine maternity care, as long as you are not going abroad specifically to give birth. However it should not be treated as an alternative to a private travel insurance policy. It will not cover any private medical healthcare or costs such as mountain rescue in ski resorts, being flown back to the UK, or lost or stolen property. You can apply for a free EHIC via the NHS website - however, other unofficial websites may charge you if you apply with them.

Cancellation and Curtailment

We recommend that cancellation and curtailment cover should at least equal the value of your holiday to ensure that you can recoup loses if there are any problems that arise from transport, accommodation, pre-paid excursions or indeed if you have to cancel before you even take your trip.

Personal possessions

It can be easy to take everything on holiday and we may not realise how much items could cost to replace if lost, stolen or damaged. It is is worth taking a moment to add up the total cost of your belongings; gadgets, jewellery, clothing, passports and money as it may come to more than you realise. You should look for baggage and personal belongings cover that at least equals the cost to replace them, should anything happen.

Sports and hazardous activities

No matter where you are travelling, you are likely to need cover for some fun and games along the way. With Essential Travel we can provide sports travel insurance for all manner of activities, even on our cheapest travel insurance policy you will find over 100 sports included as standard. As you make your way through the booking process you will also be able to add ski insurance to your policy, or if you plan on playing golf you can add that too, and for the more adventurous traveller, you can add many hazardous activities to your travel insurance.

For a full breakdown of cover, please refer to our Policy Wording Booklet.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Click below to find commonly asked questions about Single Trip travel insurance.

Is a Single Trip the right policy?

What activities and sports are covered with my Single Trip insurance?

Do I need to declare a pre-existing medical condition?

How many people can be included on a policy?

With Essential Travel you can add up to as many as 8 people with our Single Trip insurance, just can select the number of people you wish to cover at the start of your quote and they can all be added to the one policy.

Is a Single Trip policy suitable for a business trip?

Whether you are off on holiday or a business trip, our Business Insurance add-on is the ideal choice. It offers comprehensive cover for a trip in the UK, to Europe or Worldwide and provides additional extras such as protection for cameras, mobiles and laptops.

When should I buy travel insurance?

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Winter Sports

Adding Winter Sports cover to your Single, Annual Multi trip or Backpacker travel insurance policy will allow you to take part in over 25 winter sports while you are in Turkey, as well as providing:

Medical Cover: you will be covered for emergency medical expenses that occur should you have an accident and require medical attention including cover for mountain rescue, helicopter rescue costs and repatriation

Equipment: Winter Sports cover also provides peace of mind against any theft, loss or damage to your personal or hired equipment as well as any pre-paid fees.

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