All travel insurance offers repatriation cover as standard, so you should think about what else you need when looking for the best policy:
Have existing medical conditions? Make sure you cover any health issues you have so you are protected should you fall ill while away.
Aged over 65? If so, cover can be limited and more expensive so look for policies designed for older travellers.
Need winter sports cover? If you are going skiing or snowboarding you will need a policy that covers your activities and equipment.
Going backpacking? If you are, look for a specific policy that can cover your extended trip.
You can use our travel insurance review page to help you find companies that have been recommended by other customers.
What is repatriation?
It covers the cost of being taken back to the UK from anywhere in the world if you suffer a serious injury or illness while abroad. You can use repatriation cover when:
You miss your departure due to illness or injury and have to return on a different flight
You are taken back to the UK by an air ambulance following a serious accident
It is usually covered under the medical expenses section of a travel insurance policy, and because it can be expensive you should look for at least £1 million of cover.
Travel insurance repatriation FAQs
What is travel insurance repatriation cover?
It can cover the cost of an emergency journey back to the UK if you are seriously ill or injured while on holiday.
Can I get travel insurance with pre-existing medical conditions?
Yes, but not all insurers will cover you and those that do may charge you more. Here is how to find cover with pre-existing conditions.
How can I get cheaper travel insurance?
The best way to get the cheapest deal is to shop around for quotes using our comparison. You can also try these 8 ways to cut your travel insurance costs.
Do I need repatriation cover for UK holidays?
No, because it is designed to get you back to the UK from overseas. It can still be worth getting travel insurance for a UK holiday, find out more here.
Do I legally need to have travel insurance?
No, but without it medical treatment abroad can cost you tens of thousands of pounds or more. You can compare policies here.