Some travel insurance for international tours is included in our tour pricing.
St. Olaf strongly recommends that you purchase additional trip cancellation insurance at the time of registration to recover your payments should you need to withdraw from the program. You should especially consider Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) coverage from a travel insurance provider. Because quite a lot of coverage is already included with your program fee, look for providers that let you build plans from a menu rather than relying on pre-bundled packages.
Coverage included with your program fee on international programs:
- Emergency Medical Expenses: $100,000 Each Person / Each Injury or Sickness
- Emergency Medical Evacuation: $1,000,000 Each Person / Each Injury or Sickness
- Medical Repatriation: $1,000,000 Each Person / Each injury or Sickness
- Accidental Death and Dismemberment: $200,000 Each Person; $2,000,000 Aggregate Any One Accident / All Persons
- Security Evacuation: 100% of Usual and Customary Charges
- Natural Disaster Evacuation: $100,000 limit per person / $1,000,000 per event
- Trip Cancellation coverage: $2,000 lifetime maximum per insured person
- Trip Interruption coverage: $2,000 per insured person per policy year/and lifetime maximum, 3 day maximum benefit period
See the bottom of this page for specific exclusions.
IMPORTANT: Note that trip cancellation coverage is provided up to $2,000 and for limited reasons:
“The coverage provided for Trip Cancellation is limited to medical based issues. Trip Cancellation includes coverage for an unforeseen medical emergency concluding a doctor to restrict travel to the participant or if an emergency affects an immediate family member. … The Trip Cancellation benefit will provide coverage up to $2,000 and does not include coverage for:
a. Terrorist Activity or Threat
b. Change in plans or financial circumstances of the Insured person or immediate family member
c. Cancellation or change in plans by common carrier, tour operator, or any travel agent unless caused by inclement weather or organized strike affecting public transportation
d. A pre-existing condition”
Additionally, delays caused by flight cancellations will not be covered by this insurance, because your flights are not included in the program fee. Therefore you should consider purchasing separate insurance to cover your flights. This can typically be done for a minimal cost at the time you book your flights. Read the fine print on what situations are covered, because this insurance is often not “cancel for any reason.”
Visit EIIA Travel Insurance with World Travel Protection for more details, contact information, and claim forms.
If you decide to pursue additional coverage, start by checking your credit card’s travel benefits. Some credit card companies offer insurance on baggage loss, travel accidents, trip cancellation, and medical and/or legal assistance when the travel is purchased with that credit card.
Another option is to purchase additional coverage from a travel insurance provider. St. Olaf cannot recommend any particular provider, though there are several options available. One place to start your research is at insuremytrip.com. On any policy you consider, you should take the time to read the fine print, to ask questions about anything that’s unclear, and to continue to ask for clarifications until you feel you understand the policy, including specifics about covering pre-existing conditions. During and after the COVID-19 pandemic, policies may include references to State Department and CDC advisories, stay at home orders, or travel restrictions set by the destination country.
Finally, If you’re a member of AAA, you could see if the insurance plans they offer through Allianz are more affordable than another provider.
Exclusions from the EIIA Coverage
Activities excluded from St. Olaf coverage: skydiving/parachuting; hang gliding; bungee jumping; mountain climbing; pot-holing; ziplining; motorcycle riding; and scuba diving – unless scuba diving is assigned as part of the curriculum of study for course credit.
Causes of loss excluded from St. Olaf coverage: suicide*; AIDS; routine or elective medical care; normal dental; acne; pregnancy or pregnancy related procedures including abortion; and loss due to participation in Specified Athletic Sporting Events**
* Repatriation of remains is covered, but medical care for self-inflicted injury is not.
** Specified Athletic Sporting Events are: Football, Boxing, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Martial Arts, Rodeo, Skiing (water or snow), Surfing, Swimming, Diving, Wrestling, Basketball, Baseball, and Equestrian are excluded when participating in the event professionally or when representing the institution as part of the institution’s athletic program.