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woman wheeling a suitcase in an airport, why is travel insurance important? In a recent survey, around 62% of travellers did not purchase travel insurance. Holidays can be expensive, and many looking to cut costs do without insurance and hope for the best. But is this wise, even before you travel, given the potential risks involved? Let’s look at why travel insurance is important and, for specific destinations, nothing less than essential.


  • What is Travel Insurance?
  • Why is it important to have travel insurance?
  • Before you buy
  • Is travel insurance compulsory?
  • How does travel insurance work?
  • Conclusion

What is Travel Insurance?

Travel insurance will compensate travellers for any money lost due to unforeseen events both before and during their trip. It can cover medical expenses regarding emergency medical care and medical evacuation during your trip, flight delays and cancellations, and more unforeseen circumstances.  why is travel insurance important, INFOGRAPHIC SHOWING In a likely bid to save money, 40% of holidaymakers have no plans to buy insurance for their trip abroad this summer., GASANMAMO, WHY ISB TRAVEL INSURANCE IMPORTANT

Why is it Important to Have Travel Insurance?

It’s important to note that not all travel insurance is the same. All of us have different needs, personal circumstances, and levels of risk we’re prepared to take. Travel insurance in Malta is usually a packaged product providing a number of sections to cover various eventualities which could happen whilst one is aboard. The following list is not exhaustive but demonstrates the most important reasons to purchase cover for the average traveller.
  • Hospital & emergency medical expenses

If you or your family find yourself sick, injured or in a medical emergency on holiday, insurance will pay for emergency medical expenses or care you receive. Policies come with different levels of coverage, so be sure to read the small print before signing up for anything. Many policies in 2023 will include Covid medical coverage. However, travel insurance will typically NOT cover medical costs in relation to over-the-counter medication or any pre-existing medical conditions.
  • Loss of money & personal items

Thankfully, we’re (almost) past the days of traveller’s cheques! However, losing money and any personal item can be both a heartache and a chore. Travel insurance plans can cover the likes of replacing essential items like a lost passport at short notice. It can also include cover for baggage loss, any stolen luggage or even credit cards.
  • Delays

Some travel insurance coverage will reimburse travellers for the cost of airfare and travel delays, especially if these are lengthy and eat into holiday time. Imagine you’ve spent a year saving for one week in the sun and then lost two days due to airport problems. Having such a travel insurance policy to cover this can be a great weight off your mind.
  • Trip cancellations

Further travel insurance companies may cover you in the event of a trip cancellation. Last-minute emergencies or sicknesses can occur just as you’re about to depart for sunny horizons. Unless your travel insurance policy covers this, you may be battling nonrefundable trip costs, as most hotels and airlines won’t offer refunds beyond a specific cut-off date.

Before You Buy

It’s an old adage that everyone should read the small print before they make any form of purchase. However, it’s especially vital to do so regarding travel or any other form of insurance. Look into precisely what you’ll be covered for, and research your holiday destination. It could be subject to adverse weather conditions, which could significantly disrupt your trip. Likewise, see if the area is undergoing any natural disasters, a health epidemic or any political/financial unrest that could affect your travel plans. Find out more: What does travel insurance NOT cover?

Is Travel Insurance Compulsory?

In a likely bid to save money, 40% of holidaymakers have no plans to buy insurance for their trip abroad this summer. However, many of these travellers may be surprised to learn that certain insurance is compulsory, depending on their destination. INFOGRAPHIC SHOWING In a likely bid to save money, 40% of holidaymakers have no plans to buy insurance for their trip abroad this summer., GASANMAMO, WHY ISB TRAVEL INSURANCE IMPORTANT In many countries, coverage is optional and up to the individual’s discretion. In many others, it’s a legal requirement. You should check any country-specific stipulations as part of your holiday planning. You’ll need travel insurance before being allowed into any of the following countries:
    • Belize
    • Cuba
    • Ecuador
    • Georgia
    • Iran
    • Israel
    • Jamaica
    • Jordan
    • Qatar
    • Rwanda
    • Seychelles
    • United Arab Emirates
Furthermore, should you require a visa when entering any of the following countries, you’ll legally have to purchase insurance to enter:
    • Austria
    • Belgium
    • Czech Republic
    • Denmark
    • Estonia
    • Finland
    • France
    • Germany
    • Greece
    • Hungary
    • Iceland
    • Italy
    • Latvia
    • Liechtenstein
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Malta
    • Moldova
    • Nepal
    • Netherlands
    • Norway
    • Poland
    • Portugal
    • Romania
    • Singapore
    • Slovakia
    • Slovenia
    • Spain
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • Togo
    • Turkey
This information is correct as of June 2023 but could be subject to change at any time. Remember to check any specific requirements regarding your destination ahead of your trip.

How Does Travel Insurance Work?

Travel insurance works much the same as any other form of insurance. You take out a policy to cover unforeseen events during your trip. Should they occur, you’ll likely need evidence, be it a hospital form or police incident report. Travellers should also contact their insurance provider as soon as anything untoward occurs. This is to ensure the best protocols are followed according to the country they happen to be in. It’s also vital to have your documents on hand at all times. You may need to display these to an official to show that you’re covered in the event of personal injury. If you have to make a claim, you’ll need to send copies of your evidence to your insurance company For further information, read our article What is travel insurance? Pros, cons, and hidden realities.


So why is insuring your travels important? Like birthdays and other special events, holidays are a means of making memories to last a lifetime. Taking out insurance that meets your needs and personal circumstances gives you peace of mind that your trip will be remembered for all the right reasons. Treat securing insurance as just another facet of booking your dream adventure. Put sufficient time aside, and don’t leave it to the last minute. It is usually advisable to buy a travel insurance policy as soon as you pay any holiday deposits since cover starts from the time one purchases the policy. Look at our competitive and comprehensive benefits, optional extras, and annual offer on our travel insurance page. GasanMamo Insurance is authorised under the Insurance Business Act and regulated by the MFSA.