No, you can’t. Ideally, insurers want you to buy travel insurance at least a day before your journey starts. 

In India, travel insurance starts on the date of your journey and ends on the day of your return. You cannot take travel insurance once your trip has started and then you will be left with no insurance for your trip. Therefore, it is advised to get your travel insurance policy at least a week beforehand to avoid any last-minute inconveniences. 

Whether you are travelling for a day or for a few months, travel insurance can save you a lot of money in times of unexpected contingencies. Some of the benefits offered by travel insurance are: 

  • Loss of Passport, Baggage, or Documents
  • Flight Cancellation or Delay
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Emergency Medical Evacuation

Travel Insurance during the Covid-19 Era

In recent times, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused much distress to travellers. Many tourists were stuck in foreign countries during the crisis and were left with little or no support. Travel insurances have upgraded their plans to now include Covid-19 related emergencies. 

With the latest travel insurance policies, you can get the following Covid-19 related benefits:

  • Overseas hospitalization due to Covid-19
  • Trip cancellation or interruption
  • Daily Cash Benefit in case of hospitalization
  • Emergency hotel stay extension
  • Emergency medical evacuation
  • Repatriation of mortal remains


Travel insurance is very beneficial for any kind of trip. With growing uncertainty around the world, due to the Corona Pandemic, travellers are advised to compare various travel insurance plans and get the best plan that covers all their needs.