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What is Group Travel Insurance?

travelGroup Travel Insurance

Group travel insurance is a type of insurance policy that provides coverage for a group of individuals who are travelling together.

This type of insurance is commonly purchased by organizations, businesses, tour operators, or groups of friends/family who plan to travel as a unit.

Group travel insurance is a more convenient and cost-effective option for organized groups travelling together, such as large families, company retreats, destination weddings, and reunions.

It is important to note that group travel insurance is designed for groups with the same itinerary and travel reservations.

If the group members are coming from different places and meeting up at a location at different times, separate coverage may be more suitable.

The policy typically covers a range of travel-related risks and emergencies, offering financial protection to the members of the group.

Group Travel Insurance Cover

Key features of group travel insurance may include:

  1. Coverage for Trip Cancellation or Interruption: Reimburses non-refundable trip expenses if the trip is cancelled or interrupted due to covered reasons, such as illness, injury, or other unforeseen events.
  2. Emergency Medical Expenses: Covers medical expenses incurred due to illness or injury that occurs during the trip. This may include hospital stays, doctor’s fees, and prescription medications.
  3. Baggage and Personal Belongings: Provides coverage for lost, stolen, or damaged luggage and personal belongings during the trip.
  4. Travel Delay: Reimburses additional expenses incurred due to unexpected travel delays, such as accommodation and meal costs.
  5. Emergency Evacuation and Repatriation: Covers the costs of emergency medical evacuation or repatriation to the home country in the event of a serious illness or injury.
  6. Personal Liability: Provides coverage for legal expenses and damages if a member of the group is held liable for causing injury or damage to property of others during the trip.

Group travel insurance is often more cost-effective than individual policies for each traveller, and it simplifies the process of managing insurance for a large group.

The terms and conditions of group travel insurance can vary, so it’s important to carefully review the policy to ensure it meets the specific needs of the group. Additionally, the coverage may be customizable based on the type of trip and the activities planned.

Benefits of Group Travel Insurance:

  • Cost: Group travel insurance is typically cheaper than individual travel insurance because the insurer is able to spread the risk out over a larger number of people.
  • Convenience: It is much easier to insure a group of people under one policy than to have each person purchase their own individual policy.
  • Consistency: Everyone in the group will have the same level of coverage, so there is no need to worry about whether one person is covered for something that another person is not.

Disadvantages of Group Travel Insurance

Group travel insurance can be a convenient and cost-effective way to insure multiple travellers on a single trip. However, there are some potential disadvantages of group travel insurance that you should be aware of before you purchase a policy.

  • Limited coverage: Group travel insurance policies typically have more restrictive coverage than individual travel insurance policies. For example, group policies may not cover pre-existing medical conditions, or they may have lower coverage limits for certain types of expenses, such as medical evacuation.
  • Lack of flexibility: Group travel insurance policies are usually less flexible than individual policies. For example, you may not be able to add or remove travellers from the policy once it has been purchased. Additionally, group policies may not allow you to customize your coverage to meet your individual needs.
  • Administrative hassles: Managing a group travel insurance policy can be more time-consuming and administratively burdensome than managing individual policies. For example, you may be responsible for collecting payment from all group members and submitting claims on their behalf.
  • Potential for exclusions: Group travel insurance policies may exclude certain types of activities or destinations. For example, the policy may not cover travel to high-risk destinations or activities such as extreme sports.
  • Higher deductibles: Group travel insurance policies may have higher deductibles than individual policies. This means that you will be responsible for paying a larger amount out of pocket before your insurance coverage kicks in.
  • Age limits: Some group travel insurance policies may have age limits, which means that travellers who are above a certain age may not be eligible for coverage.
  • Pre-existing conditions: Group travel insurance policies may not cover pre-existing medical conditions. If you have a pre-existing condition, you may need to purchase an individual travel insurance policy that covers your condition.

Schengen Travel Insurance

travelSchengen Travel Insurance

Schengen Travel Insurance is a type of insurance policy specifically designed for travellers visiting the Schengen Area in Europe.

The Schengen Area is a zone comprising 27 European countries that have abolished passport control at their mutual borders, allowing for free and unrestricted movement of people within the area.

This zone covers most of the EU countries, except for Ireland, Bulgaria, Romania, and Cyprus. In addition, non-EU countries such as Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein are also part of the Schengen zone

These countries have agreed to common visa policies for short stays. To obtain a Schengen visa, travellers are often required to provide proof of travel insurance that meets certain criteria.

The Schengen Travel Insurance must typically cover medical expenses, emergency medical evacuation, and repatriation of remains. The minimum coverage amount is specified by the Schengen regulations, and it is usually around 30,000 euros.

It’s important to note that the coverage requirements may vary slightly among the Schengen countries, so it’s advisable to check the specific requirements of the country you plan to visit.

Schengen Travel Insurance provides financial protection in case of unexpected medical emergencies during the trip, ensuring that travellers have access to necessary medical care without a significant financial burden.

Schengen Visa

Certain citizens need to apply for either a short stay visa or an airport transit visa – see here 

The European Union has a list of countries whose citizens require a visa – see here

Travel Insurance by Country

travelTravel insurance is pretty much a must, whatever country you are going to visit, but its cost and necessity does vary country by country.

For some countries it is a legal requirement, for others things like medical costs, as per USA, make it pretty crucial for most people.

Some countries are safer than others, and some parts of some countries are safer than others.

Insurance companies require people to follow any travel advice that their national government gives out about the state of a country, and how safe it is to travel there.

Governments of other countries than your own will also have travel advice for their citizens, which will be useful to follow.

Whilst travel insurance will usually cover most medical conditions, albeit at a cost,  if you have a condition such as epilepsy it is worth remembering that some countries still have quite a cultural and social problem with people who suffer from it.

It is also worth researching the medical system of any country you are going to, especially if you are visiting any remote areas of that country.

Also check if your insurance company will pay any medical bills directly to the hospital, or if you are expected to pay them and claim the money back from the insurance company.

Below is a list of articles about travel insurance to different countries, including some general travel tips and information on safety, airlines, sports, and health systems etc.





Do you need travel insurance for Tenerife?

travelTenerife Travel Insurance.

Tenerife is a hugely popular holiday destination, is part of the Canary Islands, and comes under the jurisdiction of Spain for travel insurance purposes.

Alongside the other Canary Islands, Grand Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro, Tenerife provides the ideal environment and climate or a short or long holiday, but can present some challenges in terms of access to, and cost of, healthcare.

Access to Healthcare

EU Citizens we’ll have reciprocal rights to healthcare in Spain, which will give them a good level of medical coverage, although there are numerous benefits to having some type of travel insurance as well.

Since the UK has left the European Union, UK residents are in a more complicated situation and would be well advised to take out some type of travel insurance to make sure they are covered for any medical emergencies and can be repatriated home if needed.


Since Brexit, most UK residents can have what is known as a UK Global Health Insurance Card, UK GHIC, in order to access emergency or necessary care, in Tenerife, either for free or at a reduced cost.

Certain UK residents may be able to use a UK European Health Insurance Card, UK EHIC if they still have one that has not expired, all they have stayed in the UK after Brexit certain rights after the withdrawal agreement.

Travel Insurance

Most travel insurance policies can provide a wide range of medical benefits, as well as other areas of cover, either for a single trip or on an annual basis.

When taking out any type of travel insurance, it is important to make sure that the correct geographical area is selected as insurance companies will vary their terms and conditions depending on which countries are being visited.

If the trip is simply to Tenerife, then make sure the European option is enabled, other countries ask to be included as well and seek the broadest possible geographical area which is likely to be worldwide, with possible exclusions to certain countries which may have current domestic or international problems.

It’s always a good idea to check out government advice about what countries are safe to visit, especially as this can determine the validity of any travel insurance policy.