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Via Ferrata Travel Insurance

If you are planning a trip and you will be taking part in Via Ferrata, you should have Travel Insurance in place before you leave your home. 

When you get a quote online and when you have selected a scheme, you will be asked to add a COVER OPTION.

Please make sure you select ACTIVITY PACK 4 - so that you are covered for Via Ferrata.


This policy will provide cover up to the age of 65 years (Essential) and 75 years (Premier and Premier Plus).

This policy will also cover Personal Liability and Personal Accident.

Please check the Policy Wording for any Restrictions or Exclusions.

To get a quote by telephone or email, contact us on 0800 043 0020 / 01273 092 757 support@jsinsurance.co.uk

Summary of Cover (per person)

Section & Cover Essential Premier Premier Plus
Cancellation or Curtailment £750 £5,000 £10,000
Medical Expenses and Repatriation £5,000,000 £10,000,000 £10,000,000
Personal Liability £2,000,000 £2,000,000 £2,000,000
Personal Accident £5,000 £10,000 £30,000
Baggage £750 £2,000 £3,000
Gadget Cover - £1,000 £1,500
Personal Money £300 £750 £1,500
Delayed Departure - £100 £500
Missed Departure - £750 £1,500
Legal Expenses - £25,000 £25,000
Passport and Travel Documents £100 £300 £500
End Supplier Failure - £2,500 £2,500
Standard Excess** £100 £75 £50

**Excess payable does vary depending on the claim benefit.

Please read the full Policy Wording of this policy provided by JS Travel Insurance.

Via Ferrata, Travel Insurance is arranged for JS Travel Insurance through P J Hayman & Company Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Financial Services Register number 497103). Registered office: Stansted House, Rowlands Castle, Hampshire PO9 6DX. Reg no. 2534965. Adventures Travel Insurance is underwritten by Antares Syndicate 1274 at Lloyd’s. Antares is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.

Rescue and Medical Assistance

Any costs incurred if you require Rescue and Emergency Transfer to a hospital or clinic.

These costs are covered for a period not exceeding 72 hours from the time at which assistance is first summoned.

Via Ferrata

A Via Ferrata is often the only way to reach certain places in the Alps, a way to reach towering mountain peaks and access otherwise unreachable spots on rocky cliffs.

Its name is quite appropriate, the route consists of a hiking and climbing route made up of steel cables, iron rungs, ladders, pegs, bridges and carved steps.

The beauty of a Via Ferrata is that it allows relatively inexperienced adventurers to access dramatic mountain peaks in a fairly easy way.

It is safer than regular Rock Climbing in the sense that the route is already set out and all things to hang on to pegs, rungs, and ladders are already in place.

There is also no need to use sometimes complicated climbing equipment. Helmets, protective clothing and proper hiking boots are, in fact, essential, though.

Via Ferratas are generally not particularly long, neither in time nor in distance. They range in time from one hour to a full day, but you will not find the need to spend the night in the mountains when doing a Via Ferrata.

However, that being said, there are certain regions where you have the option to piece several Via Ferratas together and overnight in a mountain cabin, which makes for a rather exhilarating trekking experience.

Popular Locations for Via Ferrata

Via Ferratas are most often associated with the Dolomite Mountains in northern Italy, which are a part of the southern Alps.

This spectacular region with imposing mountain peaks was made more accessible during World War I by building these Via Ferratas, or iron roads.

Nowadays, there are more than 1,000 Via Ferratas, the vast majority of which are located in Italy and Austria.

If you are looking for a destination to experience a Via Ferrata, the Italian Dolomites are where you want to go.

Via Ferrata Equipment

As mentioned above, what makes the Via Ferratas so attractive is the fact that no fancy climbing gear is needed to do this.

The only necessary, essential equipment includes sturdy hiking boots, protective clothing and, most importantly, a safety helmet.

This is an incredibly exciting, fun and rewarding activity, but only if you make it back to the bottom in one piece!

It is a challenging thing to do, after all. Therefore, always make sure that you do wear those few pieces of gear.

Pre-Existing Medical Conditions

If you have pre-existing medical conditions and you plan to participate in Via Ferrata whilst travelling abroad, we can provide you with a policy.


This policy will also cover Personal Liability and Personal Accident.

Please check the Terms and Conditions for any Restrictions or Exclusions.

Covid-19 / Coronavirus Cover

Via Ferrata Travel Insurance can cover your travel provided the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) is not advising against all, or all but essential travel to your destination and it is not on the red list.

All customers must follow the advice of the FCDO at the time of travel and for the duration of their trip.

This includes returning to the UK if the FCDO changes their travel advice based on the risks presented at the time. www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

  • Medical Expenses and Repatriation - when medically necessary, if you contract COVID-19 whilst abroad.
  • Cancellation or Curtailment - if it is necessary and unavoidable to cancel or cut short your trip because an insured person tests positive for Covid-19 within 14 days of your trip departure date, or is admitted to hospital due to testing positive for Coronavirus after the purchase of this policy.
  • Overseas Return Quarantine -  additional accommodation & transport costs (limits apply) if you are unable to return home due to contracting Covid-19 and being told to self-isolate abroad. This will be covered under ‘Emergency Medical Assistance & Expenses’ while you are away, as long as it is deemed medically necessary. This is a follow-up expense for Covid-19 this is something you will be covered as long as the Emergency Assistance team is notified.

World Nomads

JS Travel Insurance has another provider World Nomads that covers Via Ferrata.

You can also add High-Value Items, such as Sports Gear, Technical Equipment and Cameras, and Personal Items.


This Policy does cover Personal Liability.

When you select the cover you wish to purchase Standard Plan or Explorer Plan, you can add Sports & Adventure Activities such as Via Ferrata.

Please read the Policy Wording for any Restrictions and Exclusions.

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