This year there were numerous flight interruptions due to volcanic ash clouds. Do WorldNomads travel insurance policies cover trip cancellation / delay due to volcanic ash clouds?
I'm guessing the answer is no. I called WorldNomads just now and their sales rep said that there was no language in their policy related to volcanic activity, nor volcanic ash.
Also, after some googling, I found the following noteworthy links:
WorldNomads' own post on this year's Australia / NZ flight interruptions due to Chilean ash cloud:
Discussion thread mentioning no coverage for ash cloud interruptions:
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=2069279 about 8 years ago
Katrina from WorldNomads.com here.
Here is our advice relating to coverage due to natural disasters, which includes volcanoes: http://journals.worldnomads.com/safetyhub/story/76353/Worldwide/Natural-Disasters-Advice-for-World-Nomads-policy-holders
We may not specifically talk about volcanoes in our policy wording, but this doesn't specifically mean there is no cover. Generally, you wont get cover for a natural disaster if you know it's happening or its been well documented in the media. It also depends on your personal circumstances, and the type of travel insurance policy you buy, as not all policies cover cancellation, trip interruption or delay for non-medical reasons, let alone for natural disasters.
All of our travel insurance policies are different, and depend on your country of residence, so it's very important to read the policy wording carefully, particularly the parts on "general exclusions" or what we wont cover. Also look carefully at the terms of cover for cancellation, trip interruption or delay, as generally, natural disasters may not covered as a cancellation or trip interruption reason (again, it depends on your country of residence)
One of the most important things to consider with any travel insurance policy and natural disasters, is that cover can also depend also on the timing of the natural disaster and your trip.
For example: if you knew about the volcano (eg. as it's been erupting for a while and it was in the news or it regularly erupts) and you choose to take a trip to that place or to buy a flight which may be affected by the ash cloud, then it's unlikely you'll be covered for cancellation expenses or disruption of your trip.
If you're accidentally caught up in a volcanic eruption and need emergency medical attention, then it's very likely you'll be covered for the overseas medical expenses.
Hope that helps to clarify.
Safe travels, about 8 years ago