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Gap Year / Backpacker Travel Insurance

Perfect for gap years, sabbaticals, career breaks and extended travelling around Europe and Worldwide for up to 24 months.

Whether you are having a career break or heading out in search of adventure around the globe, American Express Gap Travel Insurance offers great protection for your peace of mind. 

American Express Gap Travel Insurance covers individuals, couples and families who wish to travel and stay abroad for longer periods of time and require high levels of cover.

With our Gap Travel Insurance you can cover:

  • Long trips bought on a European basis for durations of 3 to 24 months
  • Worldwide cover excluding travel to North America, Canada and the Caribbean from 3 to 12 months
  • Worldwide cover inclusive of travel to North American, Canada and the Caribbean from 3 to 9 months
  • All Gap/Backpacker policies allow a 14 day return to the UK if required.

Gap Travel Insurance is available up to age 49 years inclusive.

  • Comprehensive European and Worldwide backpacker cover
  • 14 day return home to the UK permitted
  • Personal Assistance Services included as standard
  • Up to £10million Medical Emergency and Repatriation Service
  • Cancellation or Curtailment up to £5,000
  • Up to £2,500 if your Personal Baggage is lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed
  • Additional options can be purchased; Compare our products.

Whether you’re a student planning a gap year when you finish university or looking to take a sabbatical from work and see the world, American Express Gap Travel Insurance offers comprehensive cover. 

Whether you’re a student planning a couple of trips throughout the year in between term times, or a gap year when you finish university, American Express has a variety of travel insurance policies to suit your needs. Find out more

Whether you’re helping out at an orphanage or giving your time to a conservation project,it’s important to remember that someone’s got to look out for you too. 

American Express Travel Insurance provides cover for a wide range of volunteering activities.To find out more about the cover provided as well as the limitations relating to volunteering abroad, please refer to the policy terms and conditions or visit our volunteer’s page for more information.

If you are seeking a new adventure working abroad or you are simply bartending in your gap year away from home, our travel insurance policies can cover you for working abroad.

There are various types of working activities covered such as teaching, fruit-picking and bartending for no additional premium.

To find out more about the cover provided as well as the limitations relating to working abroad, please refer to the policy terms and conditions or visit our working abroad page for more information.

For more product information refer to our Compare our products page.

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