Lots of people plan to do sports on holiday, whether that’s skiing or tobogganing or rock climbing. Whatever your plans, it’s important to have the right travel insurance, as you normally won’t be covered on a standard policy.
It’s also critical to read the terms and conditions carefully, as often you’re only protected within certain parameters. For instance, with ski cover, your policy may only payout if you’re injured on the piste. Here we explain all the different types of insurance available and how to pick the right option for your needs:
Extreme sports cover is financial protection against injury when you take part in sports or activities while you are abroad.
Some extreme sports and activities are automatically covered in a normal single trip or annual travel insurance policy. If any are not, you can usually add them.
Travel insurance providers will typically charge you more for extreme sports cover because you have a higher chance of getting injured and making a claim when doing dangerous activities.
Medical expenses: This covers the cost of your medical treatment if you are injured
Repatriation: The cost of your journey home will be covered if it is medically necessary, or if your hospital stay means you miss your flights
Personal injury: This pays you a lump sum if you suffer a permanent disability following an accident suffered on your trip
Personal liability: This covers you if you accidentally injure someone, or lose or damage somebody else's property
This guide explains what else your policy will cover, and how much you can be covered for.
This depends on the travel insurance policy you choose. Most cover some activities as standard, while other sports will have to be added as a paid extra. Consider the activities you’re planning and make sure you buy the right level of protection.
Some activities, sometimes called extreme or adventure sports, carry a higher risk of accident or injury, so you will need to pay extra if you plan to try them on holiday. Typical sports you need to pay more to insure include:
White water rafting
If you are planning a skiing holiday, you will need to look at adding winter sports cover to your policy.
Most travel insurers will give you the option of adding a specific winter sports cover package to your policy when you apply.
This will usually cover:
Winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, sledging, snowblading and snowmobiling. Activities such as ice hockey and ski jumping are often excluded from winter sports cover
Winter sports equipment is usually covered for accidental loss, damage or theft, and can include the cost of hiring replacement equipment during your trip. Check your policy for exclusions – for instance, you may not be covered if you do not report the theft within 24 hours
Piste closure cover protects you if you are unable to ski for a continuous period of more than 12 hours due to lack of snow or bad weather. It can also cover transport costs if you have to travel to another resort in order to ski due to piste closures where you’re staying
You can also get cover for your ski pass should you be unable to use it due to illness or injury sustained on your trip, plus avalanche cover for if your trip is disrupted by an avalanche.
Check the exclusions and cover amounts carefully. Some will set an increased medical excess for certain activities, or only cover you if you are accompanied by an instructor.
These tend to be less risky activities like:
Hillwalking (below a certain altitude)
Some insurers exclude personal accident and liability cover for more dangerous activities, including:
For these activities, you would still have medical expenses cover if you had an accident, but you would not be able to claim for personal injury or liability.
Some policies may place restrictions on the activities you take part in. For example, you may only be covered for abseiling if you are accompanied by a certified instructor.
Every travel insurance policy is different. Always check what activities are covered and if there are any restrictions in place.
You should compare travel insurance to find the most affordable policies that cover the sports you need. To do this:
Check each policy to make sure all the sports you want to try are covered
If the activities are not included, call the insurer and ask if they can be added individually
Alternatively, you could add an extreme or adventure sports package to the policy when you get a quote
Compare each policy to find the one that offers the best cover at the best price
You should also make sure the policy you choose has high enough limits to cover things like medical expenses, cancellation and baggage. You can find out what is covered under a travel insurance policy here.
You should compare travel insurance to find the most affordable policies that will cover the sports you need with the right limits and exclusions.
Your annual policy will cover any trip you take during the policy term, so make sure you plan ahead and include any activities you might want to try.
If you do not know what sports you will want to do before you take out the policy you can update it at a later date, but this could increase the cost.
This guide explains how to keep your travel insurance up to date.
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