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A Guide to Understanding Trip Interruption Insurance

When planning a trip, it’s essential to consider the potential risks and uncertainties that may arise. One such risk is the possibility of your trip being interrupted by an emergency causing you to end it early, resulting in financial losses and added stress. Fortunately, there is a solution: Trip Interruption Insurance.

Trip interruption insurance is a type of travel insurance that provides coverage for unexpected incidents that may occur during your trip, forcing you to cut it short and return home prematurely. This insurance protects your travel investment by reimbursing you for unused, prepaid, nonrefundable expenses, such as hotel stays, excursion bookings, and transportation costs up to the limit on your policy. Whether it’s a sudden illness, injury, or other unforeseen circumstances, trip interruption insurance ensures you don’t bear the financial burden of a disrupted trip.

Understanding Trip Cancellation vs. Trip Interruption Insurance

Before delving deeper into trip interruption insurance, it’s important to distinguish it from trip cancellation insurance. While these two types of insurance are often sold together as a bundle, they cover different aspects of your trip.

Trip cancellation insurance comes into play when you need to cancel your trip before it even begins. It provides reimbursement for pre-paid, nonrefundable expenses if you cancel your trip due to a covered reason, such as an illness, injury, or family emergency. On the other hand, trip interruption insurance covers you while you are already on your trip, and you have to cut it short for a covered reason.

In summary, trip cancellation insurance protects you before your trip starts, while trip interruption insurance provides coverage during your trip if you have to return home early.


Coverage and Benefits of Trip Interruption Insurance

Trip interruption insurance can cover the unused portion of your trip and additional expenses incurred due to the interruption. To ensure you receive reimbursement, it’s important to notify your insurance provider of the incident within the specified time frame and follow the protocol outlined in your policy. Here are some of the key benefits of trip interruption insurance:

  • Reimbursement of Prepaid Expenses: If you have to cut your trip short due to a covered peril, trip interruption insurance will reimburse you for any unused, prepaid, nonrefundable expenses, such as hotel stays and excursion bookings.
  • Transportation Expenses: Trip interruption insurance can cover the cost of a new flight home, including any change fees and additional transportation expenses such as airport taxi fares.

What Risks Does Trip Interruption Insurance Cover?

Trip interruption insurance may reimburse certain risks requiring you to cancel and interrupt your trip. A few of the reasons applicable may include but are not limited to:

  • Injuries
  • Sickness
  • Death
  • Advisory against travel issued by the Canadian Government

It is important to note that travel interruption for any reason does not guarantee a refund. To qualify for trip interruption insurance, the reason must meet the following conditions:

  • An unforeseen event must cause it.
  • It must be a reason covered by your insurance policy.
  • It must occur during your coverage period.
  • The travel expenses being claimed must be non-refundable and pre-paid.


Exclusions and Limitations

While trip interruption insurance offers valuable protection, it’s important to be aware of the exclusions and limitations that may apply. Reviewing the fine print of your policy wording is crucial to understanding the exclusions and limitations. Some of the common exclusions include but are not limited to:

  • Intentional Acts: Losses sustained due to intentional acts, such as self-harm or illegal activities, will not be covered.
  • Pre-existing Conditions: Some policies may exclude coverage for pre-existing medical conditions that have occurred within a specified time frame prior to departure. Check your policy for specific details.
  • Pregnancy or Childbirth: Trip interruption insurance typically does not cover trip interruptions due to pregnancy or childbirth.
  • War and Illegal Acts: Losses incurred due to war or illegal activities are generally not covered.
  • Advice of a Physician: If you choose to travel against the advice of a physician, trip interruption insurance may not provide coverage.


Trip interruption insurance provides essential coverage for unexpected incidents that may disrupt your travel plans. This insurance protects your travel investment and provides peace of mind by reimbursing you for unused, prepaid, nonrefundable expenses and additional transportation costs.

Whether you choose to purchase a standalone travel insurance policy or utilize the coverage provided by a premium travel credit card, it’s important to review the terms and conditions to ensure you have the necessary coverage for your specific needs. Consider the potential risks and expenses associated with trip interruption, and weigh the insurance cost against the value of your travel investment.

By taking the necessary steps to secure trip interruption insurance, you can embark on your next adventure with confidence, knowing that you are protected against unforeseen circumstances that may arise. Safe travels!

A Guide to Understanding Trip Interruption Insurance

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