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Why is travel agency insurance important?

Bespoke holiday arrangements or family villa deals, depending on your client profile, travel agents face a unique set of risks. It sounds unlikely, but accidents hit hundreds of businesses every day, and the average shop public liability claim can cost thousands. Our cover works hard to protect the business you’ve built, letting you focus on your customers, not the what-ifs.

  • compare travel agent liability insurance, quotes from £3.49** a month
  • rated 4.7/5 based on 39K+ public and product liability customer reviews
  • legal expenses, accident, and employee cover – you choose what you need

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Insurance for travel agents – what’s covered?

An insurance for travel agency quote is often built around public liability insurance, to protect you against injury or damage claims. Cover for accidents, employers’ liability, and stock, while buildings and contents cover are also a popular choice for travel agencies.

Travel agency liability insurance

In case your travel agency causes an injury or property damage.

What’s typically covered by public liability insurance?

Claims against your business for:

  • damage to someone’s property, caused by your travel company
  • an injury or illness caused by your business activities or products
  • accidental damage or injuries caused by your employees

For example:

  • a client trips over a file on your floor, causing a broken knee which ends up requiring surgery
  • you forget to put up a wet floor sign and a customer slips and falls, injuring her lower back

**If you do employ anyone, you’re usually required by law to have employers’ liability insurance too.**

Read more about public liability insurance

Employers’ liability insurance

In case anyone gets ill or injured while working for your travel agency.

What’s typically covered by employers’ liability insurance?

Claims against your business for:

  • an injury or illness that happens as a result of working for you (including temps and casual workers)

**Employers’ liability insurance is required by law if you have people working for you. Without it, you could be fined up to £2,500 a day for each employee.**

For example:

  • an agent you’ve hired falls down your premises stairs, breaking his leg
  • one of your employees claims you’ve provided an inadequate desk set-up, causing chronic back pain

Business and office equipment insurance

In case something happens to equipment like your laptop or phone.

What’s typically covered by business and office equipment insurance?

  • accidental damage to your fixtures and fittings, or the equipment you use to run your travel agency business
  • theft, flood, and fire damage

For example:

  • someone breaks into your premises and steals two company laptops
  • a flash flood damages your scanner and printer equipment, as well as your reception furniture

Read more about business and office equipment insurance

Legal expenses insurance

In case you’re hit with legal expenses connected to your travel agency.

  • legal costs attributed to your opticians
  • property damage, nuisance, or trespass – specifically, the associated legal claims and compensation payouts
  • tax and compliance disputes and investigations you need help with
  • includes a tax advice helpline, a 24/7 confidential legal helpline, and crisis PR support to help you protect your reputation

For example:

  • an employee’s unfair dismissal lawsuit results in legal costs for your travel agents
  • HMRC launches an investigation into unpaid tax, and need to pay associated legal costs

Read more about legal expenses insurance

Personal accident insurance

In case you or anyone you’ve covered has an accident, at work or elsewhere.

What’s typically covered by personal accident insurance?

  • accidental injury or death of anyone you’ve chosen to cover in your policy – whether this happens at work or elsewhere
  • lost income, hospital bills, or other medical costs associated with the accident

For example:

  • your employee (who you’ve covered on the policy) breaks their wrist while climbing at the weekend
  • you fall down some stairs at an event, injuring your legs and requiring hospital treatment

Read more about personal accident insurance

This content has been created for general information purposes. Make sure you have the right level of business insurance by checking your policy documentation for details. Read our full Terms and Conditions

How much does travel company insurance cost?

Find out how much you’ll pay by comparing prices from a range of trusted insurers. You choose what goes into your policy, so you only pay for what you need.

Prices start from £3.49 per month

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*The price is for £1 million of public liability insurance - 10% of customers paid £41.87 or less annually between 1st Oct 2023 - 31st Mar 2024. Equivalent to £3.49/month (and excludes the extra costs for paying monthly). If you complete a quote more types of cover will be available, these all have additional costs.

Example travel company insurance quotes, real prices

chiswell insurance

£9.95 /month

£79.46 /year

A self-employed travel agent who specialises in UK breaks and sea-cations

  • 2-3 years' experience
  • Sole trader
  • No employees
  • Based in Liverpool
  • Public liability

    £1,000,000

  • Employers’ liability

    Not included

  • Contents

    Not included

elements insurance

£56.58 /month

£502.94 /year

A travel agency responsible for organising and preparing holiday packages worldwide

  • 5+ years' experience
  • Limited company
  • 2 employees
  • Based in Manchester
  • Public liability

    £5,000,000

  • Employers’ liability

    £10,000,000

  • Contents

    £2,500

How we work out example quotes These examples are real quotes from our online system (created 16/08/2021). They’re based on a range of factors, like employees and location. Your own quote will be based on what you tell us about your business. Prices may go up or down from day to day, so the prices you’re quoted may differ to the ones you see here.

What kind of excess should I expect?

An excess is an amount you pay towards any claim you make on your insurance. For example, if your excess is £250 and you make a claim worth £1000, your payout will be a maximum of £750.

Insurance cover

Lowest excess

Highest excess

Public liability

£100

£2500

Employers' liability

No excess

No excess

Business and office equipment

£50

£750

The figures above are for guidance only and any excess applying to your quote may differ. You’ll get a breakdown of the excesses for each quote when you compare with us.

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How do I choose insurance?

Making sure you have the right type and level of business insurance can be the difference between getting a claim paid and having to cover the cost of an expensive accident yourself. Read our tips for guidance on what to consider when buying a policy.

Which type of workers do I need insurance for?

Employers’ liability insurance is a legal requirement if you employ people.

If you have people working for you, including bona fide subcontractors (BFSC), labour-only subcontractors (LOSC), part-timers, or full-time staff, employers’ liability insurance is required by law.

Read on for our simplified guide to the difference between labour-only subcontractors and bona fide subcontractors.

Does travel agent insurance cover my work correctly?

Make sure you're picking the right cover to protect you properly. It’s important to know that if you have another trade or job, you'll need additional cover. For example, do you need to consider tour operator insurance or guest house insurance?

Do I need cover for other types of work?

If you provide other services, make sure you’re covered

Other types of insurance

Which public liability cover limit should I choose?

Think about the maximum possible loss your business could face in the event of a claim, and make sure you take legal fees and damages into consideration. You can choose from three levels of coverage – £1 million, £2 million, or up to £5 million.

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How do claims work?

Unlike price comparison websites, we take the hassle out of claims for you. We know how important it is to get your business back on track quickly – and with a minimum of fuss. That’s why you get access to your dedicated claims any time, day or night. Call them on 0333 207 0560 or claim online. They’ll do their best to be fair and supportive.

£39 million in claims paid out in 2022

Paying 80% of settled claims within 24 hours in 2022

The figure above is rounded across our range of products. Our claims process may vary for different products and operates on a ‘claim by claim’ basis.

Example claim

Having travel agent insurance through Simply Business has saved companies thousands of pounds when the unexpected happened.

Patsy saved more than £4,000

An overnight break-in at Patsy’s travel agency left her with damaged shutters, a broken door, and smashed windows. The building insurance added to her travel agent insurance policy helped to cover Patsy’s repair and replacement costs.

  • Insurance payout

    £4,322.85

    Covering the cost of theft

  • Patsy's costs

    £100

    The excess amount stated in Patsy's policy terms

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Travel agent insurance FAQ

Whether you’re new to buying business insurance or you’ve been trading for a while, here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about business insurance for travel agents. You can also check out our business insurance FAQs.

  • This will depend on whether you have employers’ liability insurance in place. Public liability insurance is designed to protect your business against the consequences of legal action brought by members of the public for injuries or damage to their belongings. But when it comes to your employees causing injury or damage, this protection only activates if you also have employers’ liability insurance.

    If you employ people, you’re required by law to have employers’ liability insurance.

    There’s one exception here. Family businesses that aren’t incorporated as a limited company are not legally required to have employers’ liability insurance. The government defines a “family business” as one where all your employees are closely related to you (as a spouse, civil partner, sibling, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, step-parent, stepchild or half-sibling). So if you run an unincorporated family business and you choose not to get employers’ liability insurance, it’s important to know that your public liability insurance wouldn’t cover you against damage or injury caused by your team.

  • Yes. It’s important to make sure you have the right type and level of insurance for the different types of work you do. For example, if you work with photo booths, you may also do the odd photography job for clients – you’ll need additional cover for this, but you can have it all on the one policy.

    When you start your quote, you’ll have the option to add another trade or profession to your policy. If you need to add a third trade, give us a call on 0333 0146 683 and one of our insurance experts will help you set up your policy in minutes.

  • You can choose the payment type that suits your business and cash flow best. Some customers prefer to pay in one go, while others prefer to pay a regular monthly amount, like you do with lots of other bills. Simply Business offer three ways to pay for your policy:

    • one-off credit or debit card payment
    • BACS payment
    • Direct Debit

    If you choose to pay by Direct Debit, our credit provider, Premium Credit, pays Simply Business the full amount for your policy up front. You then repay Premium Credit in 10 monthly instalments.

  • If you change your business legal structure from sole trader to limited company mid-way through your policy, give us a call straight away on 0333 043 8527. It’ll only take us a few minutes to cancel your existing policy and replace it with one that correctly covers your new legal structure. It’s worth bearing in mind that your insurer and premium amount may need to change.

  • Each insurer looks at CCJs and IVAs differently – some apply stricter rules than others, but having a CCJ or IVA doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be able to buy insurance.

We create this content for general information purposes and it should not be taken as advice. Always check policy documentation for details and seek professional advice. Read our full Terms and Conditions

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