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Insurance Providers for Freelancers

Updated: September 2013

We cannot recommend specific companies, but the following brokers specialise in conflict, high risk insurance and/or are known to be sympathetic to the needs of freelancers:

AKE SPECIAL RISKS LTD
Contact: Fraser Newton
Tel: 00 44 (0)1432 267111 
Email: specialrisks@akegroup.com

AKE are specialists in war and terrorism insurance for those working in hostile environments.
 

BATTLEFACE INSURANCE
Tel: +442036081283
Email: contact@battleface.com

Battleface specialise in medical insurance for those travelling to and working in areas of conflict and instability. They offer service and assistance in 80 different countries around the world.
 

ELLIS CLOWES
Contact: Tom Ellis or Dominic Ryeland
Tel: 0044 (0)20 7220 0130
Mobile:+44 7887 726130
Email: t.ellis@ellisclowes.com or d.ryeland@ellisclowes.com

Ellis Clowes specialise in high risk territories.
 

HIGH RISK VOYAGER TRAVEL INSURANCE
Tel : +44 (0) 01483 806 686
E-mail : enquiries@voyagerinsurance.com

Voyager can provide instant high risk online travel and medical insurance cover for travel to such areas (including Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and all FCO advised against travel zones etc) through their High Risk Voyager Travel Insurance that has been developed in conjunction with global risk managers and security advisors specialising in assisting freelance newsgatherers, photographers, volunteers and aid workers etc. A range of cover levels and additional options are available including annual multi trip cover. The product is backed by a 24/7 leading global emergency and security assistance service and their global network of providers. For more details or to get an instant high risk voyager travel insurance quote or cover, click here.

A donation is made to the Rory Peck Trust on every policy sold and additionally you can receive a 5% discount off your High Risk Voyager premium when using the link entering the Voucher Code RORY5 before payment.
 

INSURANCE FOR JOURNALISTS
Contact: Hugh Brumfitt
Tel: 07880 254470 ​
Email: hugh@insuranceforjournalists.com 

Insurance for Journalists act as the insurance partner to the IFJ. All Insurance For Journalists’ policies cover accidental death and disablement including sickness and emergency medical evacuation and repatriation for any member of the media heading to any part of the world including hostile regions such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. The application process is quick and available 24/7 via their website. 
 
Contact: Simon Phillips
Tel:+44 (0) 845 262 2600

Fax: +44 (0) 845 262 2601
Email: david.green@insurancelinx.co.uk 

Insurance Linx recently acquired West Midland Brokers, a previous provider on this list. They have continued their policy of offering a specialist scheme (Crisis Insurance) for those travelling to dangerous areas or with dangerous professions. Policies can be tailored to individual needs and are available for short or long terms.
 

MEDIA INSURANCE BROKERS LTD (specialise in production insurance)
Contact: Richard Moore
Tel: 00 44 (0)20 7287 5054
Fax: 00 44 (0)20 7287 0679
Email: richard.moore@mediainsurance.com

MIB specialise in film and television production insurance.
 

REPORTERS SANS FRONTIÈRES
Tel: 0033144836056
Email: insurance@rsf.org

RSF have set up an insurance for freelance journalists with various cover options.
 

BELLWOOD PRESTBURY
Tel:+44 (0) 124-258-4558/+44 (0) 124-258-8688
Bellwood Prestbury is a U.K-based firm providing specialized plans for individuals living or working abroad in high-risk professions or in dangerous areas. Coverage can include war or terrorism risks and kidnap and ransom insurance.  
 

SAFE PASSAGE INTERNATIONAL
Tel: +1 303-988-9626/+1 800-777-7665
The U.S...-based Safe Passage International offers travel insurance for both corporate clients and non-profit organisations. Under its Security First plans, the firm offers accident insurance including risks posed by war and terrorism, as well as plan covering kidnap, ransom, and extortion.
 

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