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What is a High-Risk Activity According to Travel Insurance?
August 8, 2022
High-risk activities are plentiful when it comes to international travel, and the fine lines of what is risky and what isn’t vary depending on the travel insurance policy. Some North Americans might be surprised to learn that they are not covered if they get hurt during a particular activity. If you are injured in a high-risk activity, you run the chance of having your travel insurance voided entirely, leaving you with a very costly bill.
The “gaps” in travel insurance can be significant and come as a shock at the worst possible times. Some travelers may have assumed that their policies will address injuries from something as simple as posing for a picture with an exotic animal or an unplanned jet ski ride. Each policy is unique and comes with its own set of fine print that must be carefully read in order to understand your coverage. Before you purchase your next travel insurance policy, understand the risks at hand and what type of vacation activity is truly covered by travel insurance and which is not.
High-Risk Vacation Activities That Appear to Be Safe
Some travelers might be tempted to try something new and exciting during a beach vacation. There are so many activities available to vacationers, especially when visiting a beach resort, that some tourists might overlook the risks.
These activities may appear safe but are likely deemed high-risk by your travel insurer:
- Swimming with sharks or other wildlife
- Scuba diving
- Posing for pictures with exotic animals or birds
- Motorized water sports, including jet ski activities
High-Risk Activities That Are Not Covered by Traditional Travel Insurance
Consumers are encouraged to carefully read and understand their travel insurance policies, even if they choose a policy that includes additional coverage for high-risk activities. Should you be unsure whether an activity is considered high-risk or covered, the best course of action is to skip it altogether.
These are the six high-risk activities that are typically not covered by traditional travel insurance:
- Cliff diving
- Base jumping
- Mountain biking or skiing on unmarked trails
High-Risk Activities and Travel Insurance: What to Keep in Mind
Vacationers should keep in mind that there could still be exclusions within “high-risk” policies that a traveler has gone out of their way to purchase. In some circumstances, a policy could have clauses that outline specifics regarding each high-risk activity. Most commonly, scuba diving without proper certification or certain classes of skiing and mountain hiking may be deemed high-risk.
The only way to ensure your activity is covered by your travel insurance provider is to call and ask a representative directly. One short conversation can save you tens of thousands of dollars in the event of a denied benefits claim.
Consequences of High-Risk Activities During Travel
Some policies may offer significant coverage in case of hospitalization, sometimes totaling well over five million dollars. However, if you need to be relocated back to a hospital closer to home, consumers are likely to be on the hook for the costs of emergency relocation, air ambulance services, or hospital-to-hospital transfers.
In these instances, multi-million-dollar coverage policies are of no use to the consumer, leaving them to navigate relocation services on their own. The unfortunate consequence is an enormous life-changing bill that comes several weeks later. Sometimes these decisions are made quickly or under pressure, but the regret will last a lifetime.
High-Risk Travel with Overwatch and Rescue
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