Travel insurance for over 80s

Over 80 years of age and looking for affordable travel insurance? Compare options from Australian providers.

As an older traveller, it's important to compare the different policies available to ensure you find a policy with the right level of cover that won't be overpriced. Different providers will have different policies regarding age limits and pre-existing medical conditions, so the best way to find the right cover is to compare quotes and find out exactly what the insurer will cover you for.

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Where can I find travel insurance for over 80s?

Compare conditions for travellers over 80 years of age in the table below.

BrandConditions for travellers over 80 years old
1CoverIf you're over 80 years old, you'll need to submit a Medical Declaration Form.
American ExpressCover is available for those under 89 years of age on the Comprehensive and Ultimate Single Trip policies.
AIGSenior travellers 85 years and over need to obtain a Mature Age Assessment application from AIG.
Budget DirectComprehensive and domestic travel insurance policies are available if you're 100 years of age or under when you apply.
CitibankSeniors single-trip travel insurance is available if you're between 70 and 89 years of age.
Columbus DirectYou must be no more than 84 years old at the date of purchase to take out travel insurance.
Cover-MoreSeniors travel insurance is available for people up to 84 years of age.
DU InsureTravel insurance is only available under Plans A Plus, A or B for up to the age of 120 with a Medical Declaration Form.
Easy (through QBE)Travellers over 70 years of age will need to complete a Travellers Medical Appraisal Form.
Fast CoverTravellers 90 years of age and over are subject to various conditions, depending on the policy.
InsureandGoThis travel insurance covers travellers who are 100 years of age or under at the date of application.
Southern CrossTravellers who apply cannot be over 100 years of age.
Travel Insurance DirectTravel Insurance Direct offers its The Works and Domestic plans to senior travellers up to the age of 81.
VirginVirgin does not state an age limit for Plan A (Comprehensive) and Plan B (Australia Only) policies, but it's a good idea to check before purchase.
WorldcareWorldcare offers cover for travellers up to 85 years of age on its Comprehensive and Australia Only plans (A and B).
youGoyouGo offers cover for travellers up to the age of 99, depending on the region and duration of travel.

While there are a number of travel insurance policies available on the market, travellers aged over 80 can often find it difficult to find insurance cover. Many insurers only provide cover for people up to a certain age limit and will refuse cover to those aged over 80, but it is still possible to find travel insurance cover if you've blown out over 80 candles on your last birthday.

Travel insurance for people over 80 offers essential medical cover as well as flexible options for those with pre-existing medical conditions. In addition, there is affordable cover available for those on a wide range of budgets.

What types of travel insurance can over 80s get? 

Single Trip

This is the most common type of travel insurance for Australian travellers. The most important feature is cover for overseas medical and dental expenses. This includes emergency medical costs, ambulance transportation, hospital costs and emergency dental expenses. Some single-trip policies are available that offer just medical cover, though it’s also possible to take out cover against a comprehensive range of risks. A comprehensive policy includes cover for the following:

  • Loss of deposits
  • Trip cancellation
  • Loss or damage to luggage and personal belongings
  • Loss and damage to travel documents
  • Luggage delay
  • Flight delay
  • Theft of cash
  • Rental vehicle excess
  • Hospital cash allowance
  • Personal liability
  • Accidental death benefit

Annual Trip

This policy covers against all the risks mentioned in the single-trip policy, but offers cover for multiple trips in a single year. If you’re a frequent traveller who takes more than one trip every year, this can be a more cost-effective cover option.

I have pre-existing conditions. What are my options?

If you’re over the age of 80 and applying for travel insurance, there’s a fair chance that you might have one or more pre-existing medical conditions. This can make it more difficult to obtain affordable travel insurance. A pre-existing medical condition is one of the following:

  • An ongoing medical condition of which you are aware
  • A medical condition that is currently being (or has been) investigated or treated by a medical professional
  • Any condition for which you take prescribed medication or have had surgery
  • Any condition for which you see a medical specialist.

How insurance providers handle pre-existing medical conditions can differ greatly between insurers. Some insurers exclude coverage for any pre-existing medical condition in people over 80 years of age. Others attach a higher excess to policies. While some insurers allow you to take out cover for certain pre-existing conditions, further medical testing may be required and the cover may only be offered up to a lower limit.

Speak to your insurance provider to find out their approach to pre-existing conditions. In addition, make sure that you disclose all relevant information about your medical history to your insurer when you apply for cover. Failing to do so could result in your cover being void when it comes time to make a claim.

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The challenges for travellers in their 80s

Sadly, some seniors do face certain issues when looking for travel insurance.

  • Age limits. One of the most common problems is policy age limits. Some insurers refuse cover to anyone over 65 or 70 years of age, which obviously makes it harder for people over 80 to find a suitable policy. However, remember that there are insurers who are willing and able to cater to your needs.
  • Pre-existing conditions cover. As you get older, the chances of you having a pre-existing condition increases. Most policies don't cover pre-existing conditions, so this will affect the kind of cover you can take out.
  • Joint cover. The age limits imposed by insurers can complicate matters for couples looking for cover. While in the past you may have been able to take out joint cover, this may no longer be possible if one spouse is above the insurer’s specified age limit. As a result, some find themselves having to spend significantly more to take out two separate policies.
  • The price of policies. Unfortunately, many insurers seem to think that the older you are, the more of a health risk you are. Insurance premiums are calculated based on the risk you pose to an insurer, but many senior citizens have reported being charged exorbitant amounts.

How to compare travel insurance for over 80s

  • Assess your holiday plans carefully. Think about where you are going, how long you are going for and what sort of activities and experiences you plan on participating in. Once you’ve thought about this, you can start looking for a policy that matches your needs.
  • Compare a number of policies. Shopping around is important when looking for travel insurance. Rather than simply taking out cover with the first insurer who meets your basic requirements, it pays to compare a number of policies to see exactly what is on offer. There are plenty of online product review sites to browse, plus you can seek out personal advice and recommendations from family and friends.
  • Read the PDS in detail. Once you’ve narrowed your choice down to a few policies, read each product disclosure statement (PDS) closely to compare the exact level of cover offered. Familiarise yourself with the benefits, features, limits and exclusions offered by each policy, including any age limits that may apply and the handling of pre-existing medical conditions.
  • Get quotes from more than one insurer. This is quick and easy to do online and will help you get a good idea of the costs involved and the true value offered by each competing policy.

Three tips for buying travel insurance when you're over 80

  1. Disclose all pre-existing conditions. Speak to the insurer's medical examiner and disclose all existing or known conditions. Although this may raise your premium, the cost of a potential hospital stay would largely outweigh this small expense. Without full disclosure, you may not be covered if it is later discovered that you knew of a condition before travelling.
  2. Get written evidence. Make sure any cover that you are offered on the phone or in person by a travel agent or salesperson is in the insurance policy's PDS. This will help you avoid a situation where your claim is denied even though your travel agent said you would be covered.
  3. Read the PDS in detail.  Be aware of age limits, limitations of coverage and wording in the PDS or you may run into trouble when making a claim. For instance, you may make a claim for a trip cancellation only to discover you will only be covered for up to $2,500 because of your age, while your cancellation costs amount to $4,000.

Other questions you may have about travel insurance for over 80s 

Should I buy my travel insurance through my travel agent?

While it is convenient to buy insurance through a travel agent, you must consider excess charges. Travel agents may charge a sizable commission on top of the price of the policy, so this can end up costing you a whole lot more. Buying a policy directly from an insurer online can save you a great deal of money.

I’m over 90 years of age. Can I still find cover?

Yes. While it may be more of an effort to find an insurer who will offer the cover you need, there are insurers out there who offer insurance for people over 90. However, you may want to consider enlisting the help of an insurance broker to help you find suitable cover.

Can I take out medical-only cover?

Travel insurance is an essential consideration for anyone planning an overseas trip, regardless of whether they’re 18 or 80 years old. It’s entirely possible to find an adequate level of cover if you’re aged over 80, so make sure to shop around for a policy that suits your needs.

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Richard is the insurance editor at finder.com.au. He is on a mission to make insurance easier to understand.

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    MonicaMay 20, 2017

    Is there a travel insurance for people with cancer

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      AnndyMay 22, 2017Staff

      Hi Monica,

      Thanks for your question.

      Yes, some insurance companies provide cover for cancer patients. You may compare your options on this page. You can get a quote from any of these providers by clicking the ‘get quote’ button.

      Make sure you check with the provider, as there may be exclusions or specific restrictions with pre-existing medical conditions.

      Cheers,
      Anndt

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    January 22, 2017

    Iam going on a cruise for 13 days to vanuatu.as iam aged 88 and have a pacemaker and require travel insurance. how do i get a policy?

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    EdwardOctober 10, 2016

    I am 81 and my wife is 75. My wife has a pacemaker but no medication needed. I am in good health. We plan a trip to New Zealand in May 2017 from 3rd May until 21st May. What would be the cost of travel insurance?

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      MauriceOctober 10, 2016Staff

      Hi Edward,

      You’ve come to finder.com.au and we are a comparison service, not an insurer. If you would like to compare quotes for travel insurance you can fill out your details into the form at the top of the page. Once you hit “get quote” you will be taken to a results page where you can compare a price estimate and policy features.

      Note: If you have any pre-existing medical conditions you will need to inform your insurer. Depending on the insurer this may increase the cost of your policy.

      I hope this helps,

      Maurice

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    kenJune 10, 2015

    Can we get cover for cancellation for our cruise/trip in the event of a non-travelling parent – (90 yrs old with no serious pre-existing medical condition). Full payment of a substantial amount is required 60 days prior, therefore if they became seriously ill or died before we departed or during our 23 day trip to Can. /Alaska most policies would not pay a claim.

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      RichardJune 10, 2015Staff

      Hi Ken,

      Thanks for your question. There may be providers willing to offer you cover but generally cancellation cover of this type is for relatives under the age of 85. Unfortunately, many insurers don’t have this information readily available, so you’ll need to contact the insurers you’re interested in and ask them specifically.

      I hope this was helpful,
      Richard

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    DoreenMarch 9, 2015

    I am over 80 years old with no pre existing health problems and require health cover only to travel to Europe and Morocco. I will be away for 79 days.

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      RichardMarch 9, 2015Staff

      Hi Doreen,

      Thanks for your question. Unfortunately, finder.com.au is a comparison service and not an insurer. If you would like to compare quotes from our panel of insurers, please enter your travel details into the form above.

      I hope this was helpful,
      Richard

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    VisharaFebruary 20, 2015

    Hello. I want to book a flight for my uncle from Sydney to SA return, can I get a travel insurance for him? he is 86 years old.

    Thank you

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      RichardFebruary 23, 2015Staff

      Hi Vishara,

      Thanks for your question. Yes, you can find cover for your father. Please complete the travel form at the top of the page to compare policies. For more information about travel insurance for seniors, please have a look at our seniors travel insurance page. On this page you’ll find a complete list of the providers in our panel and the maximum age they cover.

      I hope this was helpful,
      Richard

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    geoffFebruary 9, 2015

    I am looking for travel insurance for a 12 day ship cruise to Papua New Guinea age 86

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      RichardFebruary 9, 2015Staff

      Hi Geoff,

      Thanks for your question. Unfortunately, finder.com.au is a comparison service and not an insurer. If you would like to receive a quote from one of the providers in our panel, please fill in the quote form above. It is worth noting that not all travel insurers cover cruise trips. Please have a look at our cruise travel insurance page for more information about these products.

      I hope this was helpful,
      Richard

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