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Travel insurance for Australians already overseas

Forgot something? Get travel insurance if you're already abroad.

What you need to know

  • A handful of Australian travel insurers let you buy a policy if you are already overseas.
  • It can cover you for medical expenses, cancellations, lost luggage and more.
  • It will not cover you for events that have already happened.

Already overseas? Get travel insurance with these brands right away.

BrandWaiting PeriodJourney Must End in Australia?Enquire
Medibank Travel Insurance3 days for all claims
Bonus
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Freely Logo3 days for all claims
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Fast Cover Logo72 hours for Covid related claims
48 hours for other claims
Finder AwardBonus
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Insure4Less Travel Insurance Logo48 hours for all claims
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Travel Insuranz Travel Insurance Logo48 hours for all claims
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Covermore logo3 days for all claims
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Travel Insurance Saver72 hours for all claims
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Easy Travel Insurance3 days for all claims
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Kogan travel insurance logo3 days for all claims
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1Cover Logo
72 hours for all claims
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Note: This information was last updated August 2023

General conditions for getting travel insurance while abroad

  • You must be an Australian resident
  • You must be planning to returning to Australia by the end date of the policy
  • You must be under a cerrtain age (usually 70 or under)

What does already overseas travel insurance cover?

Already overseas travel insurance policies will generally offer the same level of cover as any other plan. This includes:

  • Overseas medical assistance and hospital expenses.
  • Medical evacuation and repatriation
  • COVID-related losses
  • Hire car excess
  • Cancellation or amendment to your trip (e.g if you suffer a serious illness and are unable to travel home as planned)
  • Theft, damage or loss of your belongings.
  • Theft of cash, valuables and belongings
  • Family emergencies

Tips for comparing travel insurance policies if you are already overseas

There are a number of tips you should be aware of to help ensure you end up with the best already overseas travel insurance policy to suit your needs.

  • What is the waiting period? Most insurers will apply a waiting period of about 3 days before cover will commence.
  • What excess will you pay? Some insurers will apply an increased excess for already overseas policies.
  • What activities will you be covered for? Then you can consider the activities and experiences you plan on enjoying while travelling. Will you be just relaxing beside the pool most of the time or are you planning on engaging in higher-risk activities like skydiving? Some policies will exclude certain activities, so make sure you know what is and isn’t covered.
  • Will you be covered for medical repatriation to Australia? If taking out travel insurance while overseas, it's important to find a policy that will cover the cost of medical repatriation to Australia where necessary.
  • Need cover for the family? Most insurance companies offer Family cover so that you can cover your spouse and children under the one policy. Cover for dependents under the age of 21 is generally provided free of charge.

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