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Travel Insurers for e.coli

Travel Insurance coveing E.coli

Find insurance with cover for E.coli

Aviva Travel Insurance
  • Single Trip and Annual Policies
  • Travel Disruption Upgrade
  • Airspace Closure Upgrade covering Port or Airport closure


Columbus Direct
  • Single Trip and Annual Policies
  • Emergency Travel Upgrade available on Gold policies
  • Cancellation cover for epidemics as standard subject to Government directive prohibiting travel (existing events not covered)


An e.coli outbreak is worrying enough - but will your travel insurance cover e.coli risks when you need it to?

Travel insurance may or may not cover your losses related to an e.coli outbreak. We consider the risks of one of your party contracting the illness itself, the need to cancel your trip if your destination is badly infected, the ability to return home early if you are in an area hit hard by an outbreak and the additional costs you might face if there is travel disruption (because airports you are travelling to or through, or airlines you are using close routes).

We assess the risks and highlight insurers who offer special protection against these risks.

Medical Cover for E.coli

Any good travel insurance policy should cover you for medical treatment should you fall ill abroad.

Cancellation of your trip due to an e.coli outbreak

If you need to cancel your trip as you have already contracted e.coli, the cancellation element of your travel insurance will come into effect. Firstly ensure you have taken the cancellation option as some policies allow you to opt out of this cover in exchange for a cheaper premium. As long as you have taken this cover, you should normally be covered for cancellation if you fall ill but not otherwise - so if you felt you didn't want to travel you would not be insured - this is called a 'disinclination to travel'. The only normal exception might be if the Foreign Office directed that trips to the affected area should not be made.

Curtailment of your trip due to an e.coli outbreak

This means if you need to return home early. If you are ill yourself,you are almost certainly covered if doctors feel you should be repatriated, but otherwise cover is unlikely unless you have taken a specific upgrade to cover outbreaks .

Travel Disruption due to an e.coli outbreak

Columbus Direct have also developed an Emergency Travel Upgrade on Gold policies which provides assistance, if unforeseen circumstances prevent you from departing from your booked airport for 24 hours, allowing alternative accommodation to be found, or another mode of transport to be used.

If you are in any doubt about the cover Columbus provide, contact the companies before taking a policy.

Most policies have a travel delay section which would also come into effect, although this compensation tends to be modest.

Alternative sources of compensation

If you have a contract with a hotel, airline or other supplier and they are unable to provide you with their service, they would normally be expected to compensate you. So, if your hotel has been closed by local health officials, the hotel is your first point of call for compensation. However this becomes more difficult if it is a particular hotel or town that is impacted, but flights are still flying to that area, or you have hired a car that is paid for and ready for collection. The hotel may compensate you for your room cost, but because you have been unable or unwilling to rearrange the rest of your trip you could still be well out of pocket.

This content was last reviewed on 27/11/2023