UK Travel Insurance Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

UK Travel Insurance Market is segmented by Type (Single-Trip Travel Insurance, Annual Multi-Trip Travel Insurance), by Distribution Channel (Insurance companies, Insurance Intermediaries, Banks, Insurance Brokers, Others), by End User (Senior Citizens, Education Travelers, Business Travelers, Family Travelers, Others).

Market Snapshot

Market Summary
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: >4 %

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Market Overview

The UK Travel Insurance Market is primarily driven by the rising percentage of millennial travelers who want to explore the world and have unique experiences. UK travel insurance market is considered ‘either the most developed or one of the most developed markets in Europe.’

The COVID-19 pandemic brought the world to a halt, with unforeseeable and unexpected implications affecting global economies, people’s lives, communities, and livelihoods too, and the risk of layoffs and global recession was at an all-time high. The travel and tourist industry has also endured severe economic slowdowns due to harsh travel restrictions and quarantine regulations worldwide. The market gained traction in 2021 after the gradual relaxation of the lockdowns imposed.

Traveling for leisure is gaining momentum in the UK owing to increasing disposable income, millennials showing interest in covering new places or exploring a new culture and to break from stressful work life. Direct sales have dominated the market due to direct channels like the Internet. The Internet offers different websites for customers which help them compare prices and more benefits covered in a travel insurance policy.

Medical expenses are likely to dominate the UK travel insurance as global travelers are often exposed to foreign bacteria, unfamiliar foods, and side effects of jet lag –all of these may lead to health concerns. Besides, exploring unfamiliar territory may cause accidents resulting in injury without warning and demands for travel insurance which recover health conditions.

Scope of the Report

The report offers a complete background analysis of the Travel Insurance Market, which includes an assessment of the emerging market trends by segments, significant changes in the market dynamics, and the market overview. The Travel Insurance Market is segmented by Type (Single-Trip Travel Insurance, Annual Multi-Trip Travel Insurance), by Distribution Channel (Insurance companies, Insurance Intermediaries, Banks, Insurance Brokers, Others), by End User (Senior Citizens, Education Travelers, Business Travelers, Family Travelers, Others).

By Type
Single-Trip Travel Insurance
Annual Multi-Trip Travel Insurance
By Distribution Channel
Insurance Companies
Insurance Intermediaries
Insurance Brokers
By End User
Senior Citizens
Education Travelers
Family Travelers

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Key Market Trends

Expansion of Tourism Industry

In the last decade, the global tourist industry has seen consistent development. Many countries are becoming travel hubs and gaining more popularity among millennials. Increased package holidays, disposable income, broad media coverage of various holiday types, and easy internet travel bookings have expanded the tourism industry. In addition, many students are shifting to other countries for further studies and programs. Additionally, several universities and colleges are also offering scholarship programs, attracting students from around the world. As the tourist industry expands, more cases of crucial documents, lost luggage, natural disasters, and medical issues are reported.

The government intends to develop measures for a full-fledged inbound recovery while boosting travel demand, depending on the situation with the coronavirus and the recovery of the travel industry.

Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand for Travel Insurance

Travel companies and industry experts always advise travelers to purchase travel insurance, but less cautious travelers historically ignore this advice. Over the last two years, the pandemic’s tumultuous journey has made the travel industry unpredictable. The cancellation and abandonment of trips are now commonplace, while a need for medical assistance is now a genuine possibility. There is now a general acceptance from travelers that when they book their holiday, there is a certain probability that they could experience these issues and will need to make a claim.

Consumer sentiment also suggests that travel insurance is a ‘must-have purchase in today’s marketplace. With many travelers stung by the pandemic’s impact on previous holiday plans, travel insurance can alleviate the stress of such issues and ensure tourists are not left out of pocket due to unforeseen circumstances. The continuance of the pandemic will ensure that claims for medical expenses, quarantine, and cancellations will be required for many tourists.

Key Market Trends

Competitive Landscape

The travel insurance market is fragmented, with many international companies. Some tourism-based countries have made travel insurance mandatory for travelers. And this will lead to the organic and long-term growth of the travel insurance industry. Some major players are Chubb, Allianz, Saga PLC, Munich RE, and Aviva.

Recent Development

  • December 2021: Allianz Global partnered with Porter Airlines, a regional airline. The companies aimed to introduce Emergency Travel Medical Insurance, All-Inclusive Insurance, and Trip Cancellation Insurance through this partnership. Additionally, Porter consumers have entry to Allianz urgent assistance, affirm inquiry, and expert support with the help of pre-trip planning.
  • July 2021: Saga plc has developed key travel and insurance division developments. Its first ever purpose-built cruise ship, Spirit of Discovery, will sail with a maximum of 999 guests and 523 crew worldwide. Another important step is launching an advertising campaign for three-year fixed price insurance, which is focused on growing direct channels and rewarding customer loyalty.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    5. 4.5 Insights into Technological Advancements in the Industry

    6. 4.6 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market


    1. 5.1 By Type

      1. 5.1.1 Single-Trip Travel Insurance

      2. 5.1.2 Annual Multi-Trip Travel Insurance

    2. 5.2 By Distribution Channel

      1. 5.2.1 Insurance Companies

      2. 5.2.2 Insurance Intermediaries

      3. 5.2.3 Banks

      4. 5.2.4 Insurance Brokers

      5. 5.2.5 Others

    3. 5.3 By End User

      1. 5.3.1 Senior Citizens

      2. 5.3.2 Education Travelers

      3. 5.3.3 Family Travelers

      4. 5.3.4 Others


    1. 6.1 Market Concentration Overview

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Munich RE

      2. 6.2.2 Allianz

      3. 6.2.3 Chubb

      4. 6.2.4 Aviva

      5. 6.2.5 Saga PLC

      6. 6.2.6 Prudential Guarantee

      7. 6.2.7 KBC Group

      8. 6.2.8 Europ Assistance

      9. 6.2.9 AllClear

      10. 6.2.10 ABTA*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The UK Travel Insurance Market market is studied from 2018 - 2027.

The UK Travel Insurance Market is growing at a CAGR of >4% over the next 5 years.

Munich RE, Allianz, Chubb, Aviva, Saga PLC are the major companies operating in UK Travel Insurance Market.

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