Yikes! Your visa application has been denied!
With so much to think when heading overseas, a visa refusal could be a totally unexpected (and unthinkable) dilemma.
But if you’ve already forked out cash for accommodation, flights and all the usual travel expenses, a visa refusal could burn a hole through your holiday savings and leave you feeling rather cheated.
And if you think that travel insurance will cover you for visa refusal cancellations, think again. There are certain instances where travel insurance will pick up the tab and visa refusal isn’t one of them
It’s worth remembering that cancellation cover usually applied to events that are beyond your control. For instance, if you were forced to cancel your trip due to an illness, injury, strike or natural disaster you would be eligible for cover.
However, a rejected visa application doesn’t quite fall under this category as it is not entirely an unforeseen event. There is always the risk that your visa will not be processed and insurers expect travellers to have confirmed their visa requirements before they book their flights and accommodation.
So although being denied entry to a country might be a horribly unexpected surprise, it’s not an event that is covered as standard. Visit our guide to cancellation cover to learn more.
If possible, it’s always best to apply for, and receive your visa before booking your flights and accommodation. Check your airline’s refund policy- if you’re not confident about your visa application it may be wise to pay a little extra for a refundable ticket.
Additionally, some insurers might offer a ‘cancel for any reason’ benefit but you’ll have to pay quite a bit more for this type of cover.
Are your holiday plans veering off plan? A visa refusal could sabotage your sunny sojourn faster than a shipwreck. Be sure you are eligible to travel to your dream destination before you get booking. The right travel insurance policy, as well as a good degree of foresight will ensure your trip gets off to a smooth start.