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Travel insurance comparisons for 2017

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Unlimited$42.30
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$25,000,000$48.25
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*The price displayed is for a 2-week trip to Bali for a 25-year old traveller. Prices are accurate for January 2017 and are subject to change. Please use the quote engine above for the most accurate pricing.

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Not sure if you actually need travel insurance?

It’s a fair question. After all, you might have never had to lodge a claim in the past, so why even bother with it for this trip? Well, consider these factors:

  • Doesn't Medicare already cover me overseas? Medicare will not cover you overseas. The Reciprocal Health Care Agreement will only cover you for some expenses in some countries, so you could still end up paying tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills.
  • What's the risk of not having overseas medical expenses cover? Our friend, Will, offers a real-life example: He broke his ankle while travelling in Lima, Peru. Two weeks in hospital, surgery and flights home cost AUD$41,000. Find out just how much it costs to stay in different hospitals per day around the world.
  • What does travel insurance cover? Cancelled flights as well as lost, damaged or stolen luggage and valuables are frustrating and costly. Why risk losing thousands when you can cover yourself for as little as $15*?
  • Is travel insurance compulsory? No, but you will be required to have travel insurance in order to gain entry into some countries, including Cuba, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
  • What happens if I don't have cover? Hefty hospital bills and repatriation home could literally leave your family or friends hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt.
  • Are my kids covered? Most brands cover your dependent children for free. Find out more about travel insurance for children travelling alone.
  • Doesn't my credit card travel insurance cover me? There is often an increased level of conditions for cover to be activated and for when a benefit will be paid. Domestic travel is also generally not covered. Check out our list of pros and cons of buying standalone versus credit card travel insurance.

What are four important travel insurance features?

Here are four key features to review when comparing policies. Don't leave home without them.
This provides cover for cancellation fees as well as for prepaid deposits you made for travel and accommodation that you are not able to recover if your journey is cancelled or shortened.
What am I actually covered for?
Trip cancellation insurance will cover transport tickets, pre-booked accommodation and travel agent fees that are not recoverable. You will only be covered if the reason for the cancellation is outside of your control. You will have cover for the following reasons:

  • You or a member of your family passes away
  • Your travel operator goes bankrupt
  • You suffer a serious illness or injury
  • You are made redundant
  • You are required to stay in Australia following a natural disaster or burglary at your home or business within 48 hours of when you were supposed to leave

When won’t I be covered?

  • The cancellation is due to a pre-existing condition (either yours or that of a relative) that you were aware of when purchasing the policy
  • You have business, financial or contractual obligations (excluding being made redundant)
  • Your tour operator reschedules because there were not enough people for the tour to go ahead
  • You failed to obtain the necessary passport or visa required for your planned trip
This provides cover for emergency evacuation and treatment overseas if you suffer a serious illness or injury.

What am I actually covered for?

  • Emergency medical, surgical and hospital treatment
  • Ambulance costs
  • Costs of your return to Australia if necessary
  • Costs of extra accommodation if medically necessary and you are unable to return home
  • Emergency dental treatment
  • Daily allowance for hospital stay

When won’t I be covered?

  • Treatment that can be undertaken back in Australia
  • Unnecessary hospital costs
  • Medical losses following cosmetic treatment
  • Expenses more than 12 months from the date you first received treatment for the injury
  • Claims related to pregnancy unless related to unforeseen complications
  • Treatment for a condition you were aware of when taking out cover
  • Costs for injuries sustained while partaking in sports not covered in the product disclosure statement (PDS)
This provides cover for luggage and personal items that are lost, stolen or damaged on your trip. You can purchase additional cover for specified items.

What am I actually covered for?

  • The repair cost or value of any luggage that is stolen, accidentally damaged or permanently lost. Depreciation will be applied for unspecified items
  • Specified items listed at the time of your insurance application
  • Items stolen from concealed storage departments of an unoccupied vehicle

When won't I be covered?

  • You fail to report the loss, theft or damage to your insurance brand or appropriate authority within 24 hours
  • Your items were checked in to be held and transported in the cargo hold of a transport carrier
  • Your items were left unattended when the loss occurred
  • Your items were being sent unaccompanied
  • Your items were left in the car overnight
  • Damage is the result of cleaning, repair or alteration
  • You do not provide appropriate evidence when making the claim, such as receipts, valuation documents and police reports
This provides cover for delays and cancellations that are beyond your control, such as missing your flight home after your train to the airport was cancelled because of a storm. Travel delay cover can help you manage some of the additional expenses that may arise as a result, such as accommodation or additional transport. You will only be covered for the price of the original fare.

What am I actually covered for?

  • You miss your flight because you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident
  • You miss your connecting flight following a natural disaster or extreme weather that has occurred after you have taken out your policy
  • You suffer a medical condition (non-pre-existing) and are not fit to travel. This must be verified by a medical practitioner

When won't I be covered?

  • Where your airline is responsible for paying compensation. This may include mechanical delays or if the flight has been overbooked
  • You miss your flight due to events that could have been reasonably avoided, for example, if you left your bag at the hotel or got caught in traffic
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Ready to start comparing and get a travel insurance quote?

Here's a checklist for comparing and purchasing travel insurance online.

1. Where are you travelling?

2. Do you need extra cover for your trip?

  • Do you need extra cover for winter sports or adventure activities that aren’t automatically covered?
  • Do you need cover for a pre-existing medical condition?
  • Are you taking valuable items with you that exceed the maximum value of a payout?
  • Are you a senior traveller? (Age limits and costs vary among insurers.)
  • Do you plan on paying for flights, accommodations or tours in advance? Consider how much you will need to cover cancellations.
  • Who are you travelling with? Need a family policy with free child cover or that will also cover your spouse?
  • Are you travelling with a large group? (You might be able to get a discount.)
  • Are you not returning home to Australia? Most insurers will require you to depart from and return to Australia in order to take out cover, although a few insurers will provide cover if you are planning on staying on elsewhere.

3. How long are you travelling for? Are you a frequent traveller?

  • If you travel often, an annual policy might be more affordable and convenient. Just be aware of the maximum period of travel permitted for individual trips (usually 30-90 days).

4. Know what to look for when choosing your policy:

  • Make sure you check out the range of benefits and the maximum payment for each claim.
  • What excess will you be charged when making a claim? Can you remove the excess for a small fee?
  • What won’t you be covered for? There are some countries, sports and activities that are not covered by travel insurance.
  • Are any medical conditions you have covered automatically?
  • Already overseas? Only certain policies will cover you if you are already overseas, and there is usually a waiting period of about 7 days before your cover is activated.
  • How flexible is your policy? Can you amend or extend cover easily enough? Most single-trip policies only provide cover for up to 12 months. If you wish to extend the period of cover, you will usually need to contact the insurer to give your reasons for extending the policy and pay the additional premium.

Really? I could have sworn I was covered for that!

The last thing you need is to be left stranded overseas if your claim is rejected. Know exactly what you are covered for and avoid a nasty surprise at claim time.

DrinksHad a few drinks? Jumped on a moped after a few drinks and ended up hitting a ditch in downtown Kuta? Yep, you’re not covered. Insurers do not pay claims that arise while you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

MotorcyleRenting a motorcycle or moped? You’re only covered if you have a current Australian motorcycle licence and you wear a helmet. Also, the moped's engine needs to be under the capacity specified by the insurer, usually under 50cc.

SkydivingHang-gliding or jumping out of a plane? Not all activities will be automatically covered. Each insurer will have a list of high-risk pursuits that are excluded from cover, which are specified in the PDS. Find out what these are and if you need to purchase any additional cover.

Expensive itemsLost an expensive item? Policies will have limits applied to what will be paid for an item, which may not measure up to what it's worth. Consider getting specified cover to protect expensive items.

Additional PaymentsHad to pay more once you returned home? You’re only covered for expenses incurred while on your trip overseas, not once you have returned home to Australia. For example, Will was surprised to find out his physiotherapist and specialist appointments were not covered by his policy after he returned to Australia.

Image of tankEnded up in a war zone or a riot? Very few insurers cover claims that are the result of you travelling to a country under a travel advisory issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trading (DFAT) or other warning issued by the government or mass media. This may include strikes, riots, bad weather, civil unrest, contagious diseases, epidemics, pandemics, or threats of epidemics or pandemics. Claims that arise while you're in a country under a do-not-travel warning will not be covered.

Thief with maskLeft your bag in the back of the taxi? Most insurers do not cover theft if you did not take reasonable care to protect your belongings. Insurers do not cover theft of expensive items that have been left unattended.

PregnancyFinal stages of pregnancy? Generally, insurers exclude cover for complications that arise past the 26th week of pregnancy, although the specifics of cover do vary from one insurer to the next. Some insurers only provide cover for up to 23 weeks while others may cover up to 32 weeks. Always check your PDS before purchasing.

Claim formWaited too long before contacting your insurer or making a claim? Most insurers will require you to notify them of any event leading to a claim within a certain time period, some even as quickly as 24 hours after the event. Find out what this period is and the maximum period of time following your journey that you can lodge a claim (usually about 30 days).

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What types of travel insurance are there?

Here are the types of cover offered by insurers in Australia.

 Single Trip

  • Covers individual trips up to 12 months in length
  • Can be tailored with additional cover specific to your trip
  • Cover can include protection for your spouse and your family
  • Suitable for those with special requirements, such as pre-existing medical conditions
  • Some backpacker policies provide cover for up to 18 months

 Annual Multi-Trip

  • Covers an unlimited number of trips in a 12-month period on a single policy
  • Generally more affordable if you travel at least three times a year
  • Most providers offer the same level of cover provided per benefit as single-trip cover
  • Individual trips can be 30-90 days in length

 Domestic

  • Available as single-trip or annual cover
  • Cover usually only applies when you're at least 250km away from home
  • Provides affordable cover for the following losses:
    • Trip cancellation costs for flights and accommodation
    • Loss, damage or theft of your luggage
    • Car rental excess insurance charges if you have an accident

 Winter Sports

  • Generally purchased as an additional option
  • Provides cover for the following:
    • Emergency evacuation by helicopter from ski fields to the nearest medical facility
    • Pre-booked lift passes that you had to cancel
    • Damage or loss of your own or rented equipment
    • Some policies will cover off-piste skiing

 Cruise

  • Not all insurers will automatically cover cruise trips
  • Provides cover for the following:
    • Missed cruise departure for reasons out of your control
    • Shore excursion cancellations
    • Missed port calls due to bad weather
    • Daily allowance, usually up to about $75, for cabin confinement that is the result of medical reasons
    • Emergency medical evacuation home or to the nearest medical facility
    • Medical expenses while on board ship

 Group Cover

  • Designed for groups such as travelling families, sports groups, business colleagues and school groups
  • Everyone is covered under a single policy, with each applicant receiving the same level of cover
  • Much more convenient with one policy to fill in for up to 25 adults
  • Most insurers offer discounts depending on the size of the group, such as 10% for more than 10 travellers

 Already Overseas

  • Covers travellers already overseas whose policy has expired or are looking to buy a new one
  • Same level of cover as regular policies
  • There will generally be a waiting period of about seven days before cover can commence
  • Some policies may require the traveller to return to Australia at the end of their journey
  • The excess cannot be removed in most cases

 Visitors to Australia

  • Provides cover for non-Australian residents visiting Australia
  • Trip duration in Australia must exceed that spent in other countries
  • A waiting period of roughly seven days applies for non-Australian residents who purchase cover when already in Australia
  • Non-residents from New Zealand, Italy, Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Ireland, United Kingdom, Belgium and Slovenia may be covered for some medical losses under the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement
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Still unclear on a few things? Here are some answers to  questions you might have.

1. Purchasing your policy

It's time to think about purchasing your travel insurance as soon as you have booked any part of your trip, so that your prepaid costs and deposits are covered in the event of cancellations or if your travel company or airline goes bust. You will still only pay for the period of travel you have taken out cover for.

Yes. There are a number of insurers that will provide cover if you have already left. A waiting period of about seven days will usually apply.

Yes. There are some policies that will provide cover for children under 18 who are travelling without an adult. Cover will generally be the same price as an adult policy.

Yes. There are insurers that offer cover for one-way trips. The journey will usually have to start in Australia and restrictions may apply for different age groups.

The price shown is for all travellers provided they fall within the restrictions of the total number of travellers allowed for that policy. When you get a quote that lists all the different travellers' ages, the quote shown is for everyone and not just one person.

You can add additional cover such as cover for specific sports, high-value items or extensions such as destination wedding travel insurance on the insurer's website before entering your trip details.

Yes. You should take your policy with you as it provides you with information and emergency telephone numbers that you may need in the event of an emergency that may require you to make a claim. Your travel insurance document can provide the following details:

  • What evidence you will require for your claim to be approved
  • Your policy number
  • What you are actually covered for
  • Your insurers emergency contact details

2. Choosing the right option

When entering your trip details on the finder.com.au quote engine at the top of this page, you can either enter the countries or cities you are visiting or choose the region you are travelling to. Insurers offer policies by region, not by specific countries. The exception is if you are travelling within Australia, in which case you would choose Australia or Domestic as your destination.

Yes. For example, if you choose “Europe” as the region you're travelling to, you will be covered for all European countries, although you may not be covered for countries that are not considered to be within Europe. You will still only pay what it would cost if you were travelling to just one country within Europe. If travelling in multiple regions, you may want to choose a Worldwide policy.

Some brands offer duo policies, which can be much more affordable and convenient than taking out two separate policies. A duo policy will cover both you and your travelling partner under a single policy. There is usually a reduced amount of cover provided for each cover feature for each traveller.

You will need to ensure that your policy provides cover for every destination that you will be visiting as part of your trip. Not all insurers will cover cruises, so do your research and find out which insurers offer cruise travel insurance. You may need to select the Worldwide region.

If you are taking a cruise in Australian waters, you may still want to get a Worldwide policy with the Pacific region because you won’t be covered for medical events by your private health insurance or Medicare in international waters.

Yes. There are a number of insurers that offer cover for up to 18 months.


3. Adjusting your policy

Most plans will come with a cooling-off period of around 14 days. If you cancel your policy during this time, the premium will be refunded.

Yes, but you usually need to apply for an extension a week before your cover ends.

Yes, provided you cancel your existing cover within the cooling-off period. You will receive a full refund and be able to take out a different policy.


4. When you will and won’t be covered

Most insurers will change the dates on the policy to account for your new trip. Alternatively, you may be eligible for a payout to cover any prepaid expenses.

It will cover the amount of excess you are charged by the rental company up to a specific amount. It does not take the place of the insurance provided by the rental company. Learn more about how travel insurance car rental excess cover works.

Travel insurance does not cover costs associated with you being involved in a car accident or if the vehicle is stolen. This is a separate policy that you take out with the car hire company.

Conditions around travel insurance for working overseas vary between insurers. Generally, you will not be covered for injuries sustained if the work is labour-intensive or high-risk. It’s crucial to know exactly how you will be covered if you're looking to work overseas.

Yes, all family members listed on the policy will be covered for travel on separate trips by themselves (except if they are dependent children travelling alone).

No. Your insurer won't cover follow-up treatment for injuries or illnesses sustained overseas after you return home to Australia.

Yes, provided you were not aware of the condition and not seeking treatment related to the condition prior to taking out cover. You will be covered for trip cancellation as a result of the condition.

Travel insurance does cover theft, but there are conditions for when a claim will be paid. You must not have left the items unattended, and you must obtain an official police statement within 24 hours of the theft taking place.

Some policies will provide cover for hijackings, but most policies exclude claims related to terrorism if you are travelling to a destination that has been issued with a warning against travel.


5. Making a claim

You should contact your insurer's emergency medical assistance service as soon as possible. This service should be available 24 hours a day. The insurer will work with local medical providers and services to ensure you receive the attention required.

Generally, you should make a claim within 30 days of returning home.

It will depend on the nature of the condition. For major procedures where the bill is significant, you should be able to contact your insurer to authorise payment. Where the condition is not as serious, treatment should be paid and receipted. In any case, you must obtain a medical certificate showing the nature of the condition or illness.

If deemed necessary, your insurer will cover the costs to bring you home to Australia to receive medical treatment. Either Medicare or your private health insurer then covers medical costs.

Generally, the insurer will require you to have some kind of proof of purchase in order to make a claim for expensive items. Such proof may include receipts or valuation certificates. It’s worth checking the conditions around what will be required prior to making a claim.

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Common travel insurance claims?

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Lost, stolen or delayed personal belongings

  • Loss and theft of personal belongings and baggage topped InsureandGo’s list of most common claims in 2013, making up 38% of the total number of claims received.
  • Teachers Health Fund Travel Insurance data from July 2013 to June 2014 shows that luggage and personal items represented the third most common claim.
  • Easy Travel Insurance reported that lost or stolen luggage is one of the highest claimed losses.
 Steps to avoid a claim

  • Take care not to leave your items unattended while travelling.
  • Tag your luggage with your contact details appropriately.
  • Take photos of expensive items to help describe lost items.
  • Ensure you have travel locks secured to your items.
  • Find accommodation that offers adequate security for expensive items, such as a room safe or luggage locker at hostels.

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Trip cancellation and lost deposits

  • In the period from July 2013 to June 2014, claims for cancellation fees and lost deposits were the most commonly received claim by Teachers Health Fund Travel Insurance, with more than $170,000 paid out.
  • Easy Travel Insurance lists cancellations as one of the more common claims it receives.
  • Figures from the Association of British Insurers also reveal that cancellations represented 34% of all travel insurance claims received in 2012.
 Steps to avoid a claim

  • Take out travel insurance as soon as you make any significant bookings to ensure you are covered for cancellations in the period leading up to your trip.
  • Keep evidence of any significant bookings made with your travel agent.
  • Keep copies of transactions made for flight, tour or accommodation bookings.

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Overseas medical expenses

  • Medical expenses made up 37% of claims received by InsureandGo in 2013.
  • Medical and hospital expenses came in second on Teachers Health Fund Travel Insurance’s list of the top claims from July 2013 to June 2014. Medical claims made up 56% of the total cost of travel insurance claims paid.
 Steps to avoid a claim

  • Be aware of any medical risks such as diseases or unsanitary water and food in the country you are travelling to. Find out what shots are necessary to avoid infection.
  • Be wise about where you are eating or drinking and avoid local spots where the risk of illness may be increased.
  • Bring the necessary medication for any pre-existing conditions. You may find it difficult or very expensive to purchase the same medication overseas.
  • Take necessary precautions to avoid serious injury if participating in sports and activities.

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Travel delays and alternative transport

  • In September 2015, a FlightStats study of 36 major international airports revealed that more than 20% of all departures at 16 of those airports were delayed.
  • Less than 80% of domestic flight departures in Australia left on time in March 2013, according to figures from the Department of Infrastructure and Transport.
 Steps to avoid a claim

  • Contact your airline in the days prior to and on the day of your flight to find out if there have been any adjustments to the flight schedule.
  • If a weather warning is issued, contact your airline to find out if your flight is likely to be affected.
  • Follow luggage restrictions and get to the airport well ahead of your flight.

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Lost or stolen money/cards

  • Money claims represented 5% of all travel claims received by the Association of British Insurers in 2012.
 Steps to avoid a claim

  • Invest in a travel pouch or wallet to conceal cards and cash.
  • When travelling on public buses or trains, keep your luggage with valuables secure on your lap.
  • Keep travel cards separate from one another to ensure you always have a backup.
  • Keep photocopies of cards and travel documents.
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Some final points before you buy travel insurance

  • Tell the truth

It’s really not worth leaving out details of an old medical condition or activity you might be doing in order to save a few extra dollars. Insurance companies will take the time to ensure that your claim is genuine and that you were truthful at the time of application.

  • Read the important stuff

You might not read 10 different product disclosure statements cover to cover, but at the very least read through the exclusions and cover benefits section so you know when you will and won’t be covered. It’s also worth checking out the claims section so you know exactly what you will need to provide and who to contact in the event of a claim. Here's more on how to lodge a successful claim.

  • Know the excess you will be charged

Excess charges can vary greatly between insurers and will generally range between $50 and $250. You will be charged an excess for each individual claim you make under the policy.

  • Want to avoid the excess altogether?

Certain policies will offer an excess buyout, commonly known as an excess eliminator. This gives you the opportunity of paying a flat fee when you purchase the policy so that you no longer have to pay an excess.

  • Know what you will be paid for the loss of valuable items

Most policies will have a sub-limit for individual items, such as $500 per item. If you are taking out additional cover for expensive items, make sure you know the maximum amount your insurer will pay for multiple items in the event of a claim.

  • Keep an eye out for discounts

Competition between insurers for your business means there are some great chances to lock down great savings and bonus gifts.

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