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Longstay Travel Insurance

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Longstay Travel Insurance

If you are looking for affordable gap year, extended stay or backpacker holiday cover, the Alpha Longstay travel insurance policy is perfect for you.

We offer a choice of policies to suit your budget, but unlike our competitors we do not reduce our premiums by taking out essential elements of the cover. All Alpha Longstay policies provide the same levels of cover, with the option to decide how much you would like to contribute towards a claim; the higher your choice of excess, the lower your premium. We find that this is a much fairer way of offering travel insurance that tailors for all kinds of budget.

If you are intending to take part on a sports activity on your trip, take a look at the Longstay activity packs to check if you need to purchase extra cover.

Whatever the purpose of your trip, Alpha Travel Insurance provides the essential cover that will give you complete peace of mind whilst travelling. All of our Longstay policies provide:

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* When using the return home extension all cover is suspended on clearance of customs in your home country and restarts after the baggage check in at your international departure point for your return flight, international train or ferry to your overseas destination. The extension will not cover the costs of your return home.

Cover Levels

Cover Levels

Included - Return Home Extension

Travelling across the globe on a long stay, backpacking or gap year adventure is a great way to not only see a rich and diverse range of culture, but also learn new skills along the way and boost your CV! But for those moments when you just want to see your friends and family again, Alpha offers complete flexibility, with the ability to return home twice for 21 days each time* during the lifetime of your policy without having to purchase a brand new policy each time.

£250 - Passports

What would you do if your passport was lost or stolen on your trip? Would you know what to do next? Your passport is one of the most important documents required to travel, however without it, you’re pretty much stuck! All Alpha Longstay policies cover the cost of a replacement emergency travel document to help get you back on your way.

£1,000 - Gadget Insurance

Whilst you are on your trip of a lifetime, it is very important to keep in contact with your friends and family back home. Not only so that you can tell them about how amazing your trip is, but also to ensure that they know you are happy, safe and well. Many adventurers decide to bring a mobile phone or tablet on holiday with them as well as other devices such as e-readers and cameras. However it is essential that you have adequate cover in place for your technology should things go wrong. Please visit our dedicated Gadget Insurance page for more information.

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Why Alpha?

Why Choose Alpha

  • Cover For Medical Conditions
  • Online Medical Screening
  • 24/7 Emergency Assistance
  • Couples & Family Discounts
  • Choose Your Own Excess
  • Kids Go FREE On Family Policy

Customer Reviews

Customer Reviews

Alpha Travel Insurance has been rated 5 / 5 based on 69 customer reviews Our Rating

“This year’s insurance is with Alpha Travel Insurance and for under £100 for the first six months of the year, I can afford to travel! Fingers crossed I don’t need to use the insurance, but if I do I hope they are awesome. Happy travels.”

Miss Richard, East Sussex

“Very good and polite people on the phone. We got exactly the travel policy we need – and at a sensible price!”

Mr Wilkinson, Devon

Activity Packs & Extensions

Activity Packs

If you wish to partake in any activities whilst on your trip abroad, you will need to purchase the corresponding activity pack to ensure you have the correct level of cover. You will not be covered unless the appropriate activity pack has been applied to your policy and you have paid the appropriate premium.

Why not choose cover for one of our popular activities including; abseiling, diving, fishing, mountain biking or paintballing?

Activity Packs


From gadget cover to activities, to trip disruption and returning home, Alpha Travel Insurance have created a range of extensions that can be added on to your policy. Enjoy an added layer of protection with the cover you need at an affordable price.

  • Gadget extension – This can be added on to any policy you like!
  • Return home extension – Included FREE with every Longstay insurance.
  • Optional sports & activity extension – Over 100 included FREE with additional upgrades available.
  • Trip disruption extension – Cover for natural disasters, end supplier failure and insolvency.
  • Cruise extension – Available to cover cruises up to £1,500 per person on Single Trip and Multi Trip policies.

Medical Conditions

Medical Conditions

All Alpha Travel Insurance policies are able to include cover for hundreds of medical conditions.

Some of the most common ones include:

  • High blood pressure / hypertension
  • Asthma
  • High cholesterol
  • Underactive thyroid / hypothyroidism
  • Diabetes (both type 1 and type 2)
  • Food allergies and intolerance
  • Arthritis
  • Heart conditions
  • Stroke
  • and many more…

Medical conditions can be declared and screened at the same time as obtaining your quotation.

Simply visit our online medical screening page for more information.

Our existing customers have used this policy for;

Alpha Travel Insurance Longstay cover is ideal for...
  • A gap year
  • Working abroad
  • Travelling the world
  • Studying abroad
  • An extended holiday
  • A career break
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Longstay Info

If you’re planning on taking a break to see the world on a backpacking holiday, a gap year, work placement or extended career break, the Alpha range of Longstay policies are perfect for you.

The Longstay policy is available to purchase up to 55 years old and with a range of activity and sports extensions available, why not ‘dare to discover’ and try something new on your next adventure!

It includes £10 million emergency medical expenses, repatriation, air ambulance, personal possessions and we even include a free ‘Return Home Extension’. The extension allows you to return home twice for 21 days each time without breaking your insurance cover.


Please note that our policies must be purchased for trips starting and ending within the UK, and will not be valid if you have already begun your trip or are already abroad. Our insurance policies are also currently unable to cover for cruise holidays unless you have purchased the cruise extension (not available on Longstay).


Do you have a question about us, our cover or our policies? You may be able to find the answer in our Frequently Asked Questions section.

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