All persons to be insured must reside at a permanent address within the EEC ( Excluding Switzerland, Russia, Belarus, Montenegro and the Ukraine) to be eligible for cover.
Can I take out this insurance if I am already travelling?
If cover is purchased after an Insured Person has departed their home to commence their journey, there is a fixed period of 48 hours prior to cover commencing. For cover to apply the Already Travelling extension must be shown on your Booking Invoice or Validation Certificate (as applicable). Any illness arising during this initial 48 hour period will be an excluded Pre-existing Medical Condition. In the event of serious injury in connection with an accident, you will be covered from the date you take out cover subject to the accident being independently witnessed and also verified by a Medical Practitioner.
There is no 14 Day Cooling off Period and no premium refund will be made if the insured Person has already travelled.
Definition of a couple
A couple is defined as 2 adults who have been permanently living together at the same address for more than six months, who intend to travel together.
If you do not qualify as a couple, please select individual(s)
Annual Multi-Trip Durations
Annual Multi Trip policies are designed for multiple short holidays leaving from and returning to your home country.
Annual Multi Trip trip limits:
Standard policy - 30 days
Premier policy - 70 days
If you need continuous cover for a year (home visits allowed on policies over 4 months long) select Single Trip or One Way. You can travel around as much as you like, to as many different countries as you like, with a Single Trip or One Way policy.
One Way Trip
Please note a Single Trip policy can cover travels with no return ticket booked, a One Way policy is intended for:
Emigrating to new country where you intend to permanently live
Returning to your home country permanently
All cover ceases upon arrival at final destination
Select the type of policy most suitable for your needs.
Single Trip: A flexible policy with no limits on how many countries you visit or how long you’re away for. Suitable for all types of travel whether it be short term/long stay or backpacking. No return ticket required and unlimited home visitsoffered on policies over 4 months long.
One Way Trip: Means you are Emigrating to a new country where you intend to live permanently or, returning to your home country permanently. Cover will end upon arrival at your final destination.
Annual Multi-Trip: This policy covers an unlimited number of trips throughout the 12 month Period of Insurance. Each trip has a maximum stay validity depending on the type of policy chosen. For example, for Standard Policies, the maximum duration of any trip shall not exceed 30 days and for Premier policies, the maximum duration of any trip must not exceed 70 days.
If you are already travelling it is not possible to purchase the annual multi-trip policy.
Europe: Europe means the continent of Europe West of the Ural Mountains, and includes the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, Iceland, Jordan, Madeira, the Canary Islands, the Azores and Mediterranean Islands as well as all countries bordering the Mediterranean.
Australia & New Zealand: a) For any period of cover purchased, a 48 hour stop-over anywhere in the World for both outward and return travel will be included. b) If the period of cover purchased is two months or more, a stop-over of 7 days/nights anywhere in the World will be included.
Worldwide excluding North America & Mexico: (North America means the USA, Canada & Mexico.) a) For any period of cover purchased, a 48 hour stop-over anywhere in the World for both outward and return travel will be included. b) If the period of cover purchased is two months or more, a stop-over of 7 days/nights anywhere in the World will be included.
Worldwide including North America & Mexico: Worldwide means anywhere in the World including the USA, Canada & Mexico.
Automatic Trip Extension If the Insured Person is prevented from completing their travel before the expiration of this Insurance as stated under the Period of Insurance on the Booking Invoice or Validation Certificate (as applicable) for reasons which are beyond their control, including ill health or failure of public transport, this Insurance will remain in force until completion but not exceeding a further 31 days on a day by day basis, without additional premium. In the event of an Insured Person being hijacked, cover shall continue whilst the Insured Person is subject to the control of the person(s) or their associates making the hijack during the Period of Insurance of a period not exceeding twelve months from the date of the hijack.
Please ensure you arrange cover for the entire duration of your travel
Where you normally reside
Where do you normally reside? Where do you normally reside? Please use the drop down box to choose your country of residence. Note we can only insure residents of the UK & EEA Countries. Can I take out this Insurance if I’m already abroad? If you are normally a resident of the UK or EEA Countries and your insurance has run out, you may take out cover online with us. This is on the understanding that nothing has occurred at the time of taking out the cover which has led to a claim or may lead to a potential claim. Note you cannot take out our Multi-Trip Insurance if you are already abroad. Do you have minimum residency requirements? No. If you are, for example, a British Passport holder and have right of abode in the UK, we are not concerned as to how many months in the past year you have been in the UK provided at the time of arranging this insurance you have a UK residential address.
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Get Cover if Already Travelling
You don't need to be in your Home Country to get cover, you can buy a policy from anywhere in the world, as long as you're residential status is still in the UK or EU. Just follow the Quote form to get a price and complete your purchase.
Big Cat’s Winter Sports Extension provides great-value cover for those wishing to make the most of the snow. As well as standard skiing and snowboarding, you’ll be covered for cat skiing, snow skiing, cross-country skiing, off-piste skiing / snowboarding, and snowmobiling.
Cancellation & Baggage Cover
24 hour Emergency Helpline
Up to £10m Medical Cover
Claim while you're Travelling
Travel Insurance after leaving
It’s not uncommon for people to head off on their travels without taking out insurance, or to find out once they are already overseas that their travel insurance is about to run out. But don’t fret, Big Cat can still provide you with suitable single trip cover even though you’re already abroad, or we can extend your existing insurance to cover the remainder of your travels.
The easiest way to do this is to book this on our website, but there are certain conditions that must be met. Firstly, you must be a UK or EEA passport holder and normally resident in the UK or an EEA member state. Secondly the policy cannot cover incidents that have already happened prior to having taken out the insurance, and no claims can be accepted for 48 hours after the policy has been issued, although in the event of a serious injury in connection with an accident, medical emergency treatment claims requiring in-patient treatment and occurring within the first 48 hours can be accepted if they are witnessed and verified by an independent third party.
If you purchased your original travel insurance from Big Cat and want to extend it or add activities which aren't covered in your existing policy, just go to extend your travel insurance page and fill in the form.
Please note the above information is only a summary of the cover provided. Full details may be found in the policy document.
Annual Multi-trip policies cannot be purchased if you are already travelling.
Key benefits for Travel Insurance after leaving include:
Worldwide cover for trips up to 24 months.
Emergency Medical and Repatriation Expenses up to £10 million on Premier policy.
Baggage & personal effects up to £2,000.
Gadgets & valuables cover up to £1000.
Legal expenses up to £15,000.
Personal money up to £500.
Tickets up to £1,000.
Passport and visa up to £300.
Personal Liability up to £2 million.
No requirement to have a pre-booked itinerary.
Cover if you wish to undertake light-manual or volunteer work.
Adventure activities cover with our Activity Packs.
Facility to arrange or extend Insurance when already travelling.
Non-manual/clerical work is covered automatically with a Big Cat policy. So, there’s nothing you need to add to be covered for things like teaching, caring or nursing.
With the Activity Pack, we can also cover work of a more manual nature. This can include things like WWOOFing, partaking in community or wildlife based conservation work, charity based supervised building / renovation projects or other permitted manual work (defined below).
Cover is excluded for any activity that involves the use of industrial machinery (other than tractors) or non-domestic power tools.
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WWOOfing is classed as Permitted Manual Work, so with the Activity Pack, you’re covered.
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Home visits are allowed if your policy duration is 4 months or more. There are no limits, you can come home as many times as you like, for as long as you like.
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Yes, bar work or working in a chalet is automatically covered with all of our policies.
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Decide Canada’s not for you, and want to return earlier than your full period of insurance?
Other insurers will tell you to wave goodbye to your money, but Big Cat lets you claim a partial premium refund for the unused time you didn’t stay in Canada.
How does the EARLY RETURN REFUND work?
Let’s say you buy a 24-month policy to cover your time in Canada. But after nine months, you decide that Canada’s not for you, and you want to return home. You may have invested a substantial amount for your 24 months Big Cat policy, most of which you’ll now no longer need. Unlike most insurers, Big Cat is happy to offer you a partial refund on the redundant portion of your insurance as a fair’s fair consolation. Please note that travel insurance premiums are not calculated on a pro-rata basis, as such, no refund is calculated in this manner either.
How does Big Cat calculate the amount of EARLY RETURN REFUND?
We take the length of time of the original policy and subtract the actual amount of time you have used, and payout the difference, deducting a £50 Cancellation Charge.
Are there other conditions that apply to my EARLY RETURN REFUND?
Only applicable to 24 month IEC policies.
We are not able to offer refunds to cover the first 6 months of the policy.
No refund can be given on a policy where a claim has been made or is likely to be made prior to the cancellation of your Big Cat policy.
You must be back in your home country and notify us by email of your wish to cancel the policy within 14 days of your arrival, please also provide us with proof of your return to the UK (flight ticket / e-ticket / boarding pass).
All refund calculations are based on the base premium paid only. Add-ons are non-refundable.
Can you give an example of how much I could receive back in my EARLY RETURN REFUND?
Say you took out a 24-month budget IEC policy costing £525.24, then you wish to cancel the policy after 9 months. Our 9-month budget IEC policy costs £312.55. So we deduct £312.55 from £525.24 = £212.99
Then we apply the £50 Cancellation Charge, refunding you a total of £162.99.
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To add any of our Activity Packs, just follow the Quote form - to stage 3 - there you will find all of the optional extras.
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List of automatically covered
medical conditions that do not
need to be declared
Acne, ADHD, Allergic reaction (Anaphylaxis) provided that you have not needed hospital treatment for this in the last 2 years, Allergic rhinitis,
Arthritis (the affected person must be able to walk independently at home without using mobility aids), Asthma (the diagnosis must have been
made when the affected person was under the age of 50, and the asthma be controlled by no more than 2 inhalers and no other medication),
Blindness or partial sightedness, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Cataracts, Chicken pox - if completely resolved, Common cold or flu, Cuts and abrasions
that are not self-inflicted and require no further treatment, Cystitis - provided there is no on-going treatment, Deafness, Diabetes (which is
controlled by diet or tablets only), Diarrhoea and vomiting - if completely resolved, Eczema, Enlarged prostate - benign only, Essential tremor,
Glaucoma, Gout, Haemorrhoids, Hay fever, Ligament or tendon injury - provided you are not currently being treated, Macular degeneration,
Menopause, Migraine - provided there are no on-going investigations, Nasal polyps, PMT, RSI, Sinusitis - provided there is no on-going treatment,
Skin or wound infections that have completely resolved with no current treatment, Tinnitus, Underactive Thyroid (Hypothyroidism), Urticaria,
Varicose veins in the legs.
If you have a medical condition in addition to any of the automatically
covered medical conditions, all conditions will be excluded from cover
unless declared to the medical screening helpline.
What is classed as a medical condition?
a Any respiratory condition (relating to the lungs or breathing), heart
condition, stroke, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, allergy, or cancer for
which you have ever received treatment (including surgery, tests or
investigations by your doctor or a consultant/ specialist or prescribed
b Any psychiatric or psychological condition (including anxiety, stress
and depression) for which you have suffered which you have received
medical advice or treatment or been prescribed medication for in the
last five years.
c Any medical condition for which you have received surgery, in-patient
treatment or investigations in a hospital or clinic within the last
12 months, or for which you are prescribed medication.
Any premium for medical screening quoted can be paid directly. This can
be done either before or after taking out a policy with us. The policy
and medical extension connect automatically, no reference numbers need
to be exchanged.
Choosing not to declare a medical condition will not invalidate cover,
but any costs incurred in relation to an undeclared condition will not
If making a declaration all medical conditions must be declared, you
can't choose to only declare certain conditions.
Medical conditions can only be declared for up to 12 months at a time. A
second declaration will have to be made after 12 months if necessary.
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