Key features

Longstay & Backpacker is a specially designed travel insurance policy for people who take extended trips abroad of up to 18 months, such as a gap year or round the world trip.

Main benefits include

Three levels of cover to choose from

‘Backpacker’ provides essential cover for cancellation, curtailment, personal possessions, emergency medical expenses, personal liability and personal accident.
‘Longstay provides higher limits and additional cover for departure delay, missed departure, Gadget cover, possessions delayed in transit, personal money & loss of travel documents and legal advice & expenses.
Longstay Plus’ provides the same as Longstay but with the addition of Consular Assist cover.

Return home at no extra charge!

For those wishing to break their trip midway, the insured can return home, say, at Christmas or Easter. The policy provides cover for up to two trips home up to a maximum 21 days per trip during the policy period. Cover is suspended during the period at home.

Automatic ‘Stop-over’ cover

Cover is automatically provided for ‘stop-overs’ of up to 7 days maximum in a higher rated area e.g. travelling to New Zealand via the USA.

Excess waiver option

For a single additional premium, the standard claims excess can be reduced to ‘nil’. This will not apply where any additional excess has been imposed following a call to the medical screening line, or the excess under section C2 Gadget Cover.

Gadget cover (Longstay & Longstay Plus only)

We will provide insurance during the period of cover for theft, accidental damage (including liquid damage), loss, breakdown and unauthorised call/data use for your gadgets including, Mobile Phones, iPads, Tablets, Camera's, Laptops, Portable Gaming Consoles, iPods/MP3 Players, E-readers/Kindles, Smart Watches, Sat Nav's, and Portable DVD Players purchased as new or in the case of refurbished items purchased directly from the manufacturer by you in the UK or the Channel Islands; that is no more than 3 years old at point of policy purchase.

Consular Assist cover (Longstay Plus only)

Provides emergency assistance in situations such as your passport being stolen, or if a member of your family at home becomes ill. Consular Assist gives you the reassurance of knowing that even when you are miles from home, you are only moments from help. Embassy-trained staff are on hand 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide you with advice and support.

24 hour medical emergency assistance

A 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year helpline is provided for assistance in the event of a medical emergency abroad.

Please refer to the Insurance Policy for full details of the cover and limits.

FREE sports & activities cover

Over 100 sports and activities are automatically covered within Activity Pack 1 – Click here for details.

Other sports and activities can be covered within Activity Packs 2, 3 and 4 by paying an additional premium during the quote process.

Note: This policy does not cover: Base jumping; Canyoning; Extreme skiing; Cruise trips or working as a Ski instructor.

Age & trip limits

Longstay & Longstay Plus: Up to age 75 if travelling to European, Australia and New Zealand destinations.

Longstay & Longstay Plus: Up to age 69 if travelling to Worldwide destinations.

Backpacker: Up to age 39.

Longstay, Longstay Plus & Backpacker provide cover for single trip travel for periods from 1 month up to a maximum trip duration of 18 months.

Pre-existing medical conditions

This policy may not provide cover for re-occurring or pre-existing medical conditions; however some cover may be available by contacting Travel Administration Facilities by calling 0203 829 3855 or you can complete your medical screening online at See page 2 of the Insurance Policy for further details.


Longstay & Backpacker is available to UK, Channel Islands & BFPO residents, who have not spent more than 6 months abroad in the last 12 months.


Longstay & Backpacker is underwritten by Union Reiseversicherung AG and administered in the UK by Travel Insurance Facilities plc for sections A & B1 to B8 and by UK General Insurance Ltd on behalf of Great Lakes Insurance SE for sections C1 & C2.