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From iconic countries like France to adventurous ones like Norway, Europe is home to 50 countries. Whether you explore one or explore them all, you should first explore your travel insurance options to be well covered should things turn south.
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What am I covered for?
Common incidents and occurrences covered by most travel insurance plans include:
- Medical treatment. Getting sick or injured overseas is bad enough, but paying large sums of money just to see a doctor makes things worse. Some countries could have you paying up to thousands of dollars if you need to be hospitalised, so it’s important to find an insurance policy that can cover large medical expenses upfront.
- Cancellations and delays. With so many countries being so close together, Europe is full of small budget airlines. This means that there may be a good chance some flights will be cancelled, and you will have to take a flight at a different time. Missing one flight may mean missing your next flight, train or bus, leaving you out of pocket, and out of time. Most insurance policies will cover your travel expenses if your flight or train is delayed or cancelled.
- Lost/damaged luggage and personal items. Losing your luggage can really bring down the mood of your European adventure. Buying new clothes, electronics and luggage while overseas can put a major dent in your wallet. Fortunately, most travel insurance policies will cover any loss or damage to your personal items and luggage. Just make sure you double check what items are or aren’t included in the cover.
- Emergency support. This is crucial to any good travel insurance policy. Having an insurance provider that offers 24/7 emergency support can be a lifesaver if you get into a sticky situation overseas. From lost luggage, to theft, to medical emergencies, it always helps to have someone you can contact to ensure you receive the support and guidance you need to get you out of the messy situation.
- Death or serious injury. Although no one really wants to consider death or serious injury to be a possibility while travelling, it can happen. Most insurance providers will cover any expenses involved with death or serious injury, potentially saving your family and loved ones from spending thousands of dollars.
Before you travel anywhere check out Smartraveller where you can find travel advice associated with the country you are travelling to. Knowing the situation of a country before you decide to travel will influence what type of insurance you need to buy dramatically.Back to top
Which European countries are covered by travel insurance?
Generally, European countries covered by travel insurance include:
- the Azores
- the Balearic islands (Ibiza, Majorca, Minorca)
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Canary islands (Tenerife, Fuerteventura, El Hierro, La Gomera, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma)
- Czech Republic
- Republic of Ireland
- FYR Macedonia
- San Marino
- Republic of Montenegro
- United Kingdom
- Vatican City
What aren't I covered for?
Common losses insurance companies exclude from can include the following. If in doubt, contact your insurer for clarification and confirmation.
- Using a scooter/motor bike without a helmet. It is your responsibility to take all necessary safety precautions when riding a motorbike or scooter. If you injure yourself while not using appropriate protection you will not be covered by travel insurance.
- Any undeclared pre-existing medical conditions. If you are hospitalised overseas for a pre-existing medical condition, it must have been declared when you bought your travel insurance or you will not be covered.
- Reckless or unlawful behaviour. If you purposely break the law, or act in an irresponsible and aggressive manner, travel insurance will not cover you for any legal, medical, or damage expenses.
- Being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Losses incurred while under the influence of drugs or alcohol are rarely covered by travel insurance brands. It’s completely fine to have a few cocktails whilst on holiday, but it is unacceptable to drink to a point where you put yourself and others at risk.
- Leaving your luggage with the hotel after you’ve checked out. If you have an early check out, but a late flight, some travellers leave their luggage with the hotel concierge for a last-minute explore. That travel insurance does not cover your luggage for any loss or damages in this situation.
How much does travel insurance to Europe cost?
From a study of 10,000 quotes requested through Finder's quote engine, the most common age of travellers to Europe were 66 to 75 years olds. The average cost of travel insurance for a 66-75 year old going to Europe for two weeks is $184.81.
Prices last obtained October, 2015. Prices are subject to change.
What does a policy at $184.81 get you?
We searched quotes for the most popular demographic (66-75 year olds) travelling to Europe for two weeks. We included cruise insurance and came up with comprehensive cover for under $150 per person or basic cover for under $70 per person. The comprehensive policy includes:
|Cancellation fees and lost deposits||
|Hospital cash allowance||
|Overseas emergency medical assistance||
|Travel delay expenses||
|Overseas emergency medical and hospital expenses||
|Credit card fraud and replacement||
|Luggage and personal effects||
|Loss of income||
|Default excess on claims||
Additional cover you may need in Europe
Europe is jam packed with adventurous activities from skiing in the Switzerland to cycling around Italy. Most standard insurance policies won't automatically cover things like vehicle hire and snow equipment. You usually have to add optional extras, or buy specific insurance cover. Some additional types of cover you might need include:
- Backpacking insurance. There are increased risks associated with backpacking in Europe, as most travellers on a budget choose cheaper airlines and accommodation. Backpackers insurance can cover lost luggage, theft of cash/items, medical emergencies and credit card replacement.
- Snow/ski insurance. Europe has some of the best ski slopes in the world. Many insurance providers offer snow, skiing or winter sports travel insurance which cover for damage to hired equipment, bad weather delays/closures, medical expenses, avalanches/evacuations and more.
- Car/motorbike hire insurance. Driving is a convenient way to get around Europe. Car or motorbike hire insurance covers you for accidents, theft, excess amounts, and rental deposits associated with your hire car. Be aware of the legal age for hiring a vehicle in many European countries is around 25 or over.
How do I make an insurance claim?
The process for claims differs with each provider. Most can be made online or over the phone. You may need to follow specific procedures, such as calling an emergency phone number or obtaining documents to provide proof of the incident, which the claims member will advise you of. Some tips to make the claims process easier include:
- Be detailed, accurate and specific when applying for insurance. Before purchasing your insurance, double check travel dates and countries visited. Clearly detail any pre-existing medical conditions to ensure you will be covered for them. If you're unsure whether a policy covers you for areas or activities, ask prior to purchasing your travel insurance. Better safe than sorry.
- Talk to your insurance provider. If you have any questions or want to make sure all of your information is up-to-date, give your provider a call before you leave.
- Document everything. For any incident, accident, flight delay or medical emergency, get written documentation from police, medical staff or airline staff. Providing proof will help make things go smoothly when submitting a claims.
- Take photos. Snap a pic of your luggage before you leave for a record of the items you're taking with you. If these are damaged or lost along the way it can be used as proof.
Who do I contact in an emergency?
If you find yourself in an emergency in Europe some of helpful contacts include:
- You travel insurer. You insurance provider will have an 24/7 helpline for claims and medical emergencies.
- Australian Embassies and Consulates. You can find the contact details of Australian Embassies and Consulates in Europe below.
What to consider before booking travel insurance:
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