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Bupa travel insurance review

There are 5 policies to choose from with Bupa travel insurance, along with a heap of add-ons including adventure activities, snow sports and wide-ranging cruise cover.

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Our Verdict

  • Enjoy the flexibility to pick between a wide range of policies and set your own trip cancellation limit
  • If you're involved in an emergency while you're overseas, you can enjoy peace of mind you can contact Allianz Global Assistance for help at any time – 7 days a week.
  • Bupa health insurance members can score a 15% discount on their travel insurance.
  • Bupa's COVID-19 coverage is limited in comparison with brands such as Fast Cover and Southern Cross Travel Insurance.
  • Its cover limit of $10,000 for theft or damage to luggage and personal belongings is decent, but some competitors offer $15,000.

Review by our insurance editor James Martin

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What does Bupa travel insurance include?

Bupa travel insurance is underwritten by Allianz. Bupa offers quality travel insurance that can bring peace of mind that you can make the most of your trip, while knowing you'll receive financial support if things do go wrong.

All policies come with a basic excess. In most cases, you'll pay this when making a claim. You have the option to vary this excess – by committing to a higher sum, you could reduce the cost of your insurance. Keep in mind that an additional $500 excess applies to Bupa's Adventure Pack and Snow Pack.

With Bupa, you can choose between a single, couple and family policy. This provider offers a cooling-off period of 14 days – you can cancel your policy within 2 weeks for a full refund.

Bupa travel insurance features – an overview

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Comprehensive policy features

A Bupa travel insurance policy includes a range of benefits you can claim if an insured event happens. Bupa's comprehensive policy includes:
  • Overseas emergency assistance – unlimited
  • Overseas medical expenses – unlimited
  • Accidental death – up to $25,000 (or $50,000 with a family plan)
  • Permanent disability – up to $25,000 (or $50,000 with a family plan)
  • Trip cancellation costs – chosen by you
  • Additional expenses – up to $50,000 (or $100,000 with a family plan)
  • Travel delay expenses – up to $2,000 (or $4,000 with a family plan)
  • Personal liability – up to $5 million
  • Luggage, personal effects and valuables – up to $10,000 (or $20,000 with a family plan)
  • Alternative transport costs – up to $5,000 (or $10,000 with a family plan)
  • Travel documents, bank cards and traveller's cheques – up to $5,000 (or $10,000 with a family plan)
  • Rental Vehicle Excess – up to $6,000
  • Luggage & personal effects delay expenses – up to $500 (or $1,000 with a family plan)
  • Theft of cash – up to $250 (or $500 with a family plan)

Additionally, Bupa offers multi-trip cover, a domestic policy and an entry-level Essentials plan. Finally, you can opt for a non-medical plan – a basic policy that's good if you want some insurance but without cover for a pre-existing condition.

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Optional add-ons

Bupa offers many policy features you can add to get more protection based on the type of trip you're planning. These include:
  • Adventure Pack. Available to those under the age of 75, this optional cover includes insurance for activities including abseiling, deep sea fishing, caving, quad bike riding, outdoor rock climbing and motorcycles/mopeds.
  • Cruise Pack. Get cover while you cruise overseas and in Australian waters. In addition to features such as unlimited medical cover and unlimited evacuation cover, you can claim up to $1,000 if you need to cancel (for an unforeseen reason) any pre-booked tours.
  • Snow pack. Available to those under 75, the Snow Pack comes with a range of snow sports activities including skiing and snowboarding. Overseas emergency assistance is capped at $100,000.
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    Bupa won't pay out for the following:
    • Travelling when you know you are unfit or against medical advice
    • Going to a country where a 'Do not travel' alert has been issued by the Australian government
    • Breaking the law
    • Being under the influence of alcohol or ilicit drugs
    • Death, illness or injury from an existing condition (unless it's specifically covered by your policy)
    • Any consequential loss or loss of enjoyment
    • A loss caused by or in connection with a criminal or dishonest act
    • Failure to take precautions after a public warning of strike, riot, civil commotion or natural disaster
    • Driving a rental vehicle in an illegal or dangerous manner.

    Be sure to read Bupa's PDS for a full list of exclusions. Learn more about travel exclusions here.

    More reasons to consider Bupa

    • Range of options. Bupa offers high-quality cover with a wide range of options to meet your travel needs. But you may also opt for lower-priced cover that will come with fewer and/or lower benefit limits.
    • 24/7 assistance. If the unexpected happens while you’re travelling overseas, emergency help is available 24 hours a day. If you have any difficulties while you are travelling, you can contact the Emergency Assistance Hotline and you will be able to speak with one of Bupa's trained staff. You can call Bupa on +61 7 3305 7497 (overseas) or 1800 119 412 (within Australia).
    • Discounts for existing members. Bupa health insurance members can receive up to a 15% discount on their travel insurance premiums.

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    4 Responses

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      JOHNMarch 6, 2018

      I have benign irregular heart beat. cardiologist letter says fit for travel.
      Which cover can I buy that covers this? John

        MayMarch 7, 2018Finder

        Hi John,

        Thanks for your inquiry.

        There are brands that offer travel insurance to people with heart conditions. You can compare the costs and get more details about the cover by clicking on the “Get Quote” button. It is also best to contact your chosen insurer if you want to discuss more the level of cover.

        Before applying, please ensure that you read through the relevant Product Disclosure Statements/Terms and Conditions when comparing your options before making a decision on whether it is right for you. You can also contact the provider if you have specific questions.

        Hope this helps.


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      michelleNovember 23, 2015


      Do you cover missed flights due to illness?
      and providing you a medical certificate for proof?


        RichardNovember 23, 2015Finder

        Hi Michelle,

        Thanks for your question. is a comparison service and not an insurer. Bupa Travel Insurance do provide cover for cancellation and yes you will need to be able to provide them with substantiating evidence that a claimable event did happen.

        I hope this was helpful,

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