Travel insurance for over 75s
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As we age, we become more at risk of health-related issues and injuries. Because of this added risk to insurers, premiums may increase. Along with increased premiums, be mindful of the following;
- Some insurers will require you to take out comprehensive cover which means that essential or basic policies are no longer an option. Don't worry, this won't make your search harder. Simply add your details into our search tool below and only your eligible policies will appear.
- You may also find that there are age limits to some of the optional add-ons to your policy such as adventure and motorcycle packs.
With that in mind, this guide looks at some of the problems you may encounter when trying to find cover if you're over 75. It also discusses ways to reduce the cost of your policy and why cruise travel insurance is also important to have.
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We've done the research and found the following brands that will cover you if you're over 75 years old.
|1Cover provide cover regardless of age. However, anyone 80 years or over, cover is only available up to a maximum of 6 months per one journey.|
|Amex Travel insurance has various age limits:|
|Budget Direct Travel Insurance is available to permanent residents of Australia, up to 100 years of age.|
|To buy a Columbus Direct policy you must be under 85 years of age at the date of issue of the insurance.|
|Available to travellers up to 89 years of age.|
|If you are aged 100 or under you may purchase your travel insurance from InsureandGo.|
|Tick Travel Insurance only provide online quotes for travellers under the age of 100.|
|Travel Insurance Saver is available to residents of Australia regardless of age. However, anyone 70 years or over is required to submit a medical declaration form. Note: Only available on the international comprehensive policy.|
|WorldCare Travel Insurance are unable to cover travellers who are aged 86 years and over at the date the policy is issued.|
|YouGo offers travel insurance for people up to 84 years of age.|
What about pre-existing medical conditions?
A pre-existing medical condition is defined by insurers as a medical condition that:
- You are aware of prior to applying for insurance
- You are having or have had treatment for in the past
- You are treating with prescribed medication
- You previously had surgery for
Most insurers provide automatic cover for a range of minor pre-existing conditions as well as cover for more serious conditions subject to further assessment such as a medical examination. The product disclosure statement (PDS) will list the conditions that are not covered under any circumstances, such as serious illnesses, heart disease and cancer.
It’s important that you declare any pre-existing medical conditions to your insurer at the time of applying for cover. If you don’t, any medical treatment you receive overseas in relation to that condition won’t be covered.
If you’re over 75, some insurers may also require you to fill out a medical questionnaire, and it’s important to declare any pre-existing conditions here as well. The golden rule is if it’s not mentioned, it’s not covered.
I have a pre-existing condition ... where does that leave me?
If you have a pre-existing condition, you may be able to get travel insurance by following these steps:
- Read the PDS to see if your condition is automatically covered.
- If your condition is not listed, tell your insurer about it. You will either be declined cover or you may be required to submit further medical evidence such as a doctor’s report.
- If the insurer agrees to cover you after further assessment, you may need to pay an additional fee or you may be offered cover at a lower limit or with a higher excess.
- If your application for cover is refused, look around and see what other insurers are offering. Each insurer is different and some even specialise in covering pre-existing medical conditions, so shop around.
- In the worst-case scenario, if you can’t find cover anywhere, don’t let it put you off going on holidays. You can still obtain travel insurance that covers everything except your pre-existing condition.
Apart from my age, what else impacts the cost of my cover?
While age and pre-existing medical conditions are the main determinants in how much over 75s pay for travel insurance, there are other factors that influence price as well:
- Your trip. You will pay more or less for your insurance depending on the type of trip you are taking (such as a backpacker’s holiday or a guided tour), the duration of your trip, where you are travelling (some destinations are considered more dangerous than others) and what you will be doing while you are there (such as driving, riding a motorcycle or participating in risky sports or activities).
- Your policy. The level of cover you opt for will also determine the price you pay, as will the benefit limits you select (the higher the limit the more expensive the policy) and the options you choose to include (cover for expensive items will cost you an additional fee).
Tips on getting cheaper travel insurance for over 75s
It’s likely that you will pay more for travel insurance because you are over 75, so it’s important to save money on your policy wherever you can, without compromising your cover. Here are some ways you can achieve this:
- Buy online rather than through a travel agent or airline, as you’ll probably get a discount and you won’t have to pay the hefty commission that agents add to the price.
- If you’re planning to take more than one trip in a year, consider an annual multi-trip policy rather than taking out a separate policy each time you travel.
- If you’re travelling in a group, such as with family members, consider taking out a joint policy and ask your insurer about a group discount.
- If you already have home and contents insurance and credit card insurance, use them to supplement your travel insurance needs.
- Shop around on comparison websites for the best deal and get quotes from different insurers before settling on the best policy (not necessarily the cheapest, but the one offering the best value for money).
What types of cover are available?
There are a variety of travel insurance options available to over 75s. First, decide between three levels of cover:
- Basic (or medical cover only). This no-frills level of cover provides 24/7 emergency assistance and covers overseas medical and hospital expenses.
- Essentials cover. This is a mid-range level of cover that includes 24/7 emergency assistance, medical and hospital cover, trip cancellations and delays, and lost, stolen or damaged luggage and personal belongings.
- Comprehensive cover. This is the highest level of cover for maximum peace of mind. As well as everything in Essentials cover, it includes cover for loss and damage to travel documents, luggage delay, theft of cash, rental vehicle excess, hospital cash allowance, personal liability, accidental death and more.
As well as three levels of cover, over 75s can choose from two types of travel insurance policies:
- Single-trip. The most common type of cover, which covers you from the time you take out your policy to the time you return home.
- Annual multi-trip. An annual policy offering cover for multiple trips within a year, providing a cost-effective alternative for those who travel frequently.
You can also choose between domestic and overseas cover, depending on your destination. Not everyone feels the need to take out domestic travel insurance when travelling within Australia, partially because health issues are usually covered by Medicare. But your trip could still be cancelled and your bags lost or stolen, so some people consider it worth the price, which is usually a lot less than overseas travel insurance.Back to top
I’m over 75 and heading on a cruise. What do I need to know?
When you're over 75, cruises can be an ideal holiday getaway but make sure you have travel insurance that fully covers you. As soon as you leave Australian waters, you are no longer covered by Medicare.
That means if you get sick and must be treated in the ship’s sick bay, you will be charged full private health care rates, which can be up to $5,000 a day. If you have to be airlifted to the nearest hospital on land, you could be up for thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars.
If you’re travelling in Australian waters between two Australian ports and the ship has a Medicare-eligible doctor on board, you will be covered by Medicare. But make sure you check with the cruise operator, as many ships employ foreign doctors.
Many international travel insurance policies include cruise insurance automatically, but you should consider purchasing standalone cover if you want to take advantage of the unique benefits offered by a cruise-specific insurance policy.
As well as overseas medical cover, trip cancellations and lost or stolen baggage, the benefits of cruise-specific insurance can include:
- Cover for additional expenses if you miss your cruise due to circumstances beyond your control
- Reimbursement for cancelled prepaid shore excursions
- A daily allowance if you are confined to your cabin for medical reasons
- Cover for replacement or hire costs if your onboard formal wear is lost, stolen or damaged
- Cover for flights to your cruise departure destination
- Cover for the days leading up to your cruise departure and the days following your return
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