Travel insurance for children

Going on a family holiday does not have to mean expensive travel insurance.

Compare companies that offer discounts on cover for your children to help keep the costs down.

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Last updated: 10 February 2021

How to find the best child travel insurance

To find the best child insurance, think about:

  • Your child's age

  • What cover you need

  • The purpose of the trip

  • How often your child goes abroad

  • If your child is already covered

How old is your child?

The definition of a child can vary between insurers. Insurers usually define a child as either:

  • A person under the age of 18

  • A person under 16 years old

Check your quotes to make sure that your son or daughter will be classified as a child under the insurer's definition.

What do you need to cover?

Child travel insurance usually covers:

  • Injury or illness, which covers your child's medical bills abroad.

  • Trip cancellation, you can claim if your child is unable to travel due to unexpected circumstances, for example your child needs emergency medical treatment.

  • Possessions that need to be replaced if they are lost or stolen.

Check your policies carefully to ensure the cover you need is provided.

What is the nature of the trip?

Child travel insurance usually covers:

  • Family holidays

  • Visiting overseas relatives

  • School trips

  • Studying abroad

However, cover for some activities may be excluded e.g extreme sports or working abroad.

To find the right policy, check if the purpose of your child's trip is covered in your quotes.

How often does your child travel?

Knowing how often your child will be going abroad can help you find the right level of cover. There are two main types of cover:

  • Single trip cover which will cover your child for one trip that is up to a certain length e.g. a trip of up to 100 days.

  • Annual cover covers several trips that are made over a 12 month period.

Is your child already covered?

If you have family travel insurance, check your policy to figure out if your child is already covered.

This can help you avoid paying for cover you already have.

Have you shopped around?

Compare several quotes and choose the one that best fits your child's circumstances.

Be aware of any exclusions, otherwise your child may not be covered and you could be out of pocket if something goes wrong.

If you have to pay any excess if you decide to make a claim, check if you can afford this, otherwise your insurer may reject your claim.

If you have a pre-existing condition, you can still get a quote through These conditions could include cancer, stroke, serious heart, respiratory and terminal conditions.

Some insurers might not cover you if you already have a serious medical condition, or if you have a number of conditions. Others might only offer insurance at a much higher price. If you're unable to find suitable cover, the Money and Pension Service (MaPS) has also set up a directory of insurers willing to cover customers with pre-existing medical conditions.

You can contact the Money and Pensions Service (MaPS) or you can telephone 0800 138 7777.

Travel insurance for children FAQs

Can I cover more than one child under the same policy?

Yes, some insurers may cover several children under the same policy. Check if this is possible when you get quotes.

Is child travel insurance a legal requirement?

No, but it can protect you against expensive bills if something goes wrong abroad.

Will all countries be covered

Not always, there may be countries that will not cover your child. Check your quotes to find out if your child will be covered.

Does the length of my child's trip matter?

Yes, there is usually a limit e.g. 30 days. Check your quotes to make sure your child will be covered for the full duration of the trip.

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