Am I covered for Zika Virus?

This information is for residents of Helpdesk Global only.

On Friday, January 15th, 2016, a travel alert was issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for Mexico, and countries in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean due to an outbreak of Zika Virus in these and other regions.

According to the Centres for Diseas Control and Prevention (CDC), "In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil and on Feb 1, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika virus a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). Local transmission has been reported in many other countries and territories. Zika virus likely will continue to spread to new areas."

Of particular concern is for pregnant women who may visit areas affected, as Zika virus can be spread to unborn children and has been linked to a serious birth defect of the brain called microcephaly. The CDC recommends "special precautions for pregnant women. Pregnant women should consider delaying travel to areas with Zika. If you must travel to one of these areas, talk to your healthcare provider first and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during your trip."

Where is the world is Zika virus?

Specific areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission is ongoing are often difficult to determine and are likely to change over time. If traveling, please visit the CDC Travelers' Health site for the most updated travel information." For more information, you can also visit our travel alert, which has been written for travel to the Americas, however contains useful advice on how to stay safe when travelling in any country where Zika virus may be present.

What’s covered

World Nomads plans for US residents and the coverage available are not impacted by this travel alert. Countries in these regions continue to be eligible destinations. There are no exclusions or limitations for an epidemic or pandemic, should the situation worsen. Should travelers become ill with the Zika Virus, coverage may be available for Emergency Medical, Medical Evacuation, Trip Cancellation, or Trip Interruption.

Some travelers may prefer to cancel their trip out of concern for the Zika Virus. World Nomads plans do not provide coverage to cancel for any reason, except the covered reasons explained in your plan documents, which contain full details.

Cover is subject to the conditions and exclusions in your policy documents, so please do read your policy carefully. If you have questions about coverage, please call the Trip Mate Customer Service Team who are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - Write or call:

Phone:+1 844 207 1930 (toll-Free from Continental USA)
+1-816-905-3963  (collect from anywhere else in the world)

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Last Updated: Sep 20, 2017 03:35PM AEST