457 visa travel insurance

Coming to live in Australia on a 457 visa? Find out what you need to know about 457 visa travel insurance.

Travel insurance is a necessity when you travel, regardless of the reason for your trip or how long you’re travelling.

That’s why, even if you’re coming to Australia on a visa, you should have travel cover, not just while moving here, but for any trips you plan to take while you’re here.

This guide looks at 457 travel insurance in general and work-sponsored 457 insurance in particular and outlines the cover you’ll need to travel, live and work in Australia.

Who offers cover for non residents?

Provider457 travel insurance conditionsApply
If you're in Australia on a 457 visa you can get cover if:

  • You are not an Australian resident
  • You are visiting Australia on a temporary basis
  • You have bought cover 14 days before your arrival in Australia
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Budget Direct Travel InsuranceBudget Direct Travel Insurance for 457 visa holders if you have:

  • Valid Medicare Card
  • A private health fund
  • Overseas student travel insurance
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DownunderCover is only available if:

  • You are a not a resident of Australia
  • You purchase your policy before you commence your journey
  • Your Journey consists of one-way travel only to your Country of residence from Australia
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Easy Travel InsuranceIf you're in Australia on a 457 visa, the Easy Travel Insurance domestic policy is available if you're under 70 years of age and the Cancellation And Additional Expenses policy is available regardless of your ageGet quote
Go InsuranceGo insurance policies are available if you:

  • For at least three months been a resident in Australia and are able to prove it
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InsureandGoInsureandGo offer travel insurance if you're on a 457 working holiday visa, a sponsorship visa or a student visa providing that you have:

  • Valid Medicare Card
  • A private health fund
  • Overseas student travel insurance
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Southern CrossIf you're applying for 457 travel insurance, you must be:

  • Your visa is valid past the end date of your intended travel
  • On a visa or permit that allows you access to all publicly funded health and disability services
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Tick Travel InsuranceTick Travel Insurance provides cover for non-residents providing that you have:

  • Valid Medicare Card
  • A private health fund
  • Overseas student travel insurance
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tid-logo-blueYou can get cover if you're on a skilled working visas or spousal visasGet quote
travel insurance saver logoIf you're in Australia on a 457 visa, the Travel Insurance Saver domestic policy is available if you're under 70 years of age and the Cancellation And Additional Expenses policy is available regardless of your ageGet quote
Travel InsuranzYou can get cover as long as you been living in Australia for three monthsGet quote
worldcare travel insurance logoIf you're on a 457 visa you can take out the WorldCare Comprehensive policy providing:

  • You buy your policy in Australia
  • You purchase the policy before you start your journey
  • Your trip begins and ends in Australia
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Zoom covers those living in Australia on 457 visas who are temporarily
travelling overseas, as long as you are:

    • Aged 74 years and under
    • Hold a return ticket to Australia
    • Have a home in Australia to which you intend to return
    • Hold a current Australian visa which will remain valid beyond the period
      of your journey; and
    • Have private health insurance for the entire journey and beyond
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About 457 travel insurance

Australian insurers offer non-resident travel insurance to the holders of a number of different visas including:

  • 457 – Temporary business long stay
  • 405 or 410 – Retirement or investor retirement
  • 411 – Exchange
  • 416 – Special program
  • 417 – Working holiday
  • 422 – Medical practitioner

Why do I need 457 travel insurance?

Travel is rife with unforeseen risks and 457 travel insurance will cover you against a range circumstances. While the level of cover will depend on your insurer and the policy you choose, 457 travel insurance usually covers:

  • Emergency medical assistance. Emergency medical or dental expenses, including ambulance, hospital and emergency evacuation.
  • Personal disability. A benefit paid for a disabling injury suffered while travelling.
  • Cancellations and lost deposits. Reimbursement for cancellation fees or deposits that cannot be recovered.
  • Travel delays. Additional accommodation and meals expenses if your travel arrangements are delayed.
  • Luggage delays. A benefit to buy emergency clothing and toiletries if your luggage is misplaced or lost by a travel provider.
  • Luggage and personal belongings. Compensation for lost, stolen, or damaged luggage or personal items.
  • Rental vehicle excess. Covers the excess payable if your rental car is stolen or damaged.
  • Personal liability. Covers your liability for third party injury or property damage.
  • Travel documents. Covers the cost of replacing lost or stolen travel documents.

Important conditions for 457 travel insurance

To qualify for 457 travel insurance, you will need to satisfy eligibility requirements. These include:

  • While you are free to travel overseas while you are here, you must be planning to spend the majority of your trip within Australia
  • You must have an adequate level of health insurance for the entire period of your stay, either private health insurance or Medicare-equivalent cover under the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement (RHCA)
  • You must not be above a specified age (age limit differs with insurers)

About the 457 visa

The 457 visa allows skilled workers to travel to Australia to work for an approved sponsor in a nominated occupation for up to four years. To be eligible for this visa, the following criteria must be met:

  • You must have sponsorship by an approved business
  • You must have the necessary skills to fill the position nominated by your sponsor
  • A business can only sponsor you if they are unable to find an Australian citizen or permanent resident to fill the position
  • The position must be an approved occupation on the Skilled Occupation Lists
  • You must be able to meet all registration and licensing requirements to work in your nominated occupation
  • You must be able to speak vocational English (in most cases)
  • You may be required to do a skills assessment
  • You and any dependent family members may be required to undergo a health exam, depending on your length of stay, country of citizenship, time spent in other countries and intended activities in Australia
  • You and your family members must have adequate private health insurance, unless you are covered by the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement
  • You must be able to provide a police certificate to meet character requirements
  • You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government
  • Your sponsor must also include your family members as secondary sponsored persons

What happens to my super when I leave Australia?

If you have been living and working in Australia on a 457 visa, in accordance with Australian law, your employer will have been making compulsory superannuation contributions on your behalf. When your 457 visa expires or is cancelled and you return to your country of origin, you will still be able to claim the money in your Australian superannuation account.

You can do this by applying for what is known as a Departing Australia Superannuation Payment (DASP) from the Australian Taxation Office. If you didn’t claim your super from your fund at least six months before departing Australia, the money would have been sent to the ATO as unclaimed super and upon request, it will be paid to you, minus any taxes owing. The taxed element of the taxable component of a DASP is taxed at rate of 35%, while the untaxed element is taxed at 45%.

You can apply for your DASP online on the ATO website. After verifying your identity and eligibility, the system will search for your unclaimed super, which will be held either with a super fund or with the ATO. Once found and approved, you will usually receive a cheque in the mail within 28 days of your application.

Do I need health insurance if travelling to Australia on the 457 visa?

All non-residents visiting Australia on a visa must have adequate health cover, either through a private health insurer or under the RHCA. This is an agreement Australia has with a number of countries including New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Finland, Italy, Belgium, Malta, Slovenia and Norway. It gives people from these countries access to our public health care services under Medicare including:

  • Free treatment as a public patient in a public hospital
  • Medicare benefits for visits to a GP
  • Access to subsidised medicines under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)

As Medicare only covers treatments medically necessary, many 457 visa holders opt to fill in the gaps by taking out private health insurance as well. Typical 457 health insurance will give you extra benefits such as:

  • The option to choose your own hospital and doctor
  • A private room (either in a public or private hospital)
  • Minimum waiting periods
  • Ambulance cover
  • Gap cover (covers the amount between what is charged and what you get back)
  • Medical repatriation to your country of origin if required
  • Ancillary benefits including optical, dental and physiotherapy

Compare policies for 457 visa holders

If you are planning to live and work in Australia on a 457 visa, 457 travel insurance is a must and, because it is a requirement by insurers, adequate health insurance as well. Luckily, there are plenty of 457 travel insurance options out there. Shop around and find the cover you need at a price you can afford.

Compare cover from Aussie providers for 457 visa holders

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Richard Laycock

Richard is the Insurance Editor at finder, and has been wrangling insurance Product Disclosure Statements for the last 4 years. When he’s not helping Aussies make sense of the fine print, he can be found testing the quality of Aperol Spritzes in his new found home of New York. Richard studied Journalism at Macquarie University and The Missouri School of Journalism, and has a Tier 1 certification in General Advice for Life Insurance. He has also been published in CSO Australia and Dynamic Business.

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