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CommBank Travel Insurance

Our verdict: CommBank Travel Insurance is a budget-friendly option for younger travellers, but excludes most claims related to COVID-19.

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Pros

  • CBA's travel insurance policies are cheaper than many others in the market, offering a budget-friendly option for travellers.
  • With four international options and one domestic, travellers have a range of policies, cover levels and price points to choose from.

Cons

  • Cover for claims related to COVID-19 are completely excluded, with the exception of overseas medical expenses. This does leave travellers exposed to extra risk.
  • There's an age limit on some policies including Essentials and Inbound travel insurance (up to 69yrs old).
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Summary of CBA Travel Insurance Comprehensive policy

Overseas Medical and Hospital ExpensesUnlimited
Cancellation and Amendment FeesCover chosen
Luggage and Personal Effects$10,000
Maximum Age Limit99

Table updated August 2023

How does CommBank Travel Insurance cover COVID-19?

CommBank has limited cover for COVID-19. All claims are excluded, with the exception of overseas medical expenses.

You won't be covered for:

  • Cancellation or amendment costs if you're diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Additional accommodation and travel expenses incurred due to COVID-19
  • Mandatory quarantine or isolation expenses imposed by the government9

If you need more comprehensive COVID-19 cover, we've compared all the providers that offer cover for COVID-19.

What policies does CommBank offer?

CBA offers six different policies - Comprehensive, Essentials, Medical Only, Cancellation Only, Inbound and Domestic.

Only CBA's International Comprehensive & Domestic policies can be purchased for a single trip or multiple trips. All other policies can only be purchased for single trips.

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International Comprehensive (Single & Multi-Trip)

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International Essentials

Hospital

International Medical Only

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International Cancellation

Inbound

Inbound

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Domestic
(Single & Multi-Trip)

The insurer of this product is Zurich Australian Insurance Limited. It comes with a cooling-off period of 21 days.

Here's a breakdown of CommBank Travel Insurance features

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Optional add-ons

CommBank also offers optional add-ons that provide cover for a wider range of risks. Generally, these will cost more but they do strengthen your policy.

  • Existing medical conditions. Cover that includes your existing medical conditions. You will likely have to take an online medical assessment.
  • Adventure activities. Cover for riskier activities, including triathlons, outdoor rock climbing, and skydiving.
  • Cruise cover. Extra protection for a range of cruise-specific risks including sea sickness, missed ports, and marine rescue.
  • Motorcycle/moped riding. Cover if you're planning to ride a motorcycle or moped either as a driver or pillion. Specific criteria must be met, including having a valid Australian licence, wearing a helmet, and not racing.
  • Snow sports. Cover if you're hitting the slopes, specifically for skiing, snowboarding or snowmobiling.
  • Increased luggage item limits. If you're travelling with expensive items (PDS), you can increase your luggage cover for that item. You may be asked to provide proof of value.
  • Electronic gadgets. Increase the individual limits of a variety of tech items, including laptops, headphones, and cameras, up to a maximum of $5,000.
  • Increased rental vehicle excess. Get a higher limit for rental car excess, increasing the $6,000 on a Comprehensive policy by a maximum of $3,500..
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Exclusions

Unfortunately, insurance policies don't cover everything. Generally, CommBank will not pay your claim if it relates to:

  • Unlawful, wreckless or unreasonably unsafe behaviour by you
  • Behaviour while you were drunk or under the influence of drugs
  • Non-medical claims related to COVID-19
  • An act of war, invasion or revolution
  • Insolvency of a travel agent, tour operator or accommodation provider
  • Mandatory quarantines or isolations
  • An act of war, invasion or revolution
  • You being unfit to travel or travelling against medical advic
  • Childbirth or pregnancy complications after the 24th week of gestation or if you have had previous pregnancy complications
  • A multiple pregnancy or one where the conception was medically assisted
  • An elective medical or dental treatment, cosmetic procedure or body modification (including tattoos or piercing)
  • Self-inflicted injury or illness, suicide or attempted suicide

Make sure you review CommBank's PDS for a detailed breakdown of what won't be covered, found under its list of general exclusions.

How to make a CommBank Travel Insurance claim

You can claim online or via post. Start by downloading a claim form then either post it to following address below or follow the steps to submit online.

Commonwealth Bank Travel Insurance C/o Cover-More
PO Box 2027
North Sydney
NSW
2059
Australia

Alternatively, you can submit a claim online by following these steps:

  1. Head to https://claims.covermore.com.au/CBA/TravelClaims
  2. Download the claim form
  3. Fill in your details, describe the incident and provide expenses
  4. Email your form along with any supporting evidence to cbaclaims@covermore.com.au. Alternatively you can post it to the address above.
  5. Once your claim has been received you will get a confirmation email and should hear back within 10 working days., and you should hear back within 10 working days

Here's the bottom line about CommBank Travel Insurance

CommBank offers a decent range of travel insurance policies at a good price point. It has multiple options to tailor cover, so you can create a policy which matches most of your needs, including expensive items, riskier holiday activities, and pre-existing medical conditions.

However, it doesn't offer any cover for cancellations, amendments, or general expenses related to COVID-1, other than medical. Older travellers are also excluded, with an age limit of 69 - significantly lower than many other providers in the market.

If you're still not sure about CommBank Travel Insurance, you can compare other travel insurance companies here.

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    ClencyApril 11, 2022

    I am 80 and would like to travel to Mauritius. Does the Commonwealth Credit Card or Visa cover me for travelling to Mauritius. I noticed that Westpac age is up to 81 for travel insurance

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      JamesApril 20, 2022Finder

      Hi Clency,

      There are several conditions and restrictions that apply to people aged 80 or over when considering credit card insurance through CommBank. These may include no cover for overseas emergency medical expenses or assistance.

      You can find the full details of what you are and are not covered for by reviewing the Product Disclosure Statement on CommBank’s website.

      For more travel insurance options, please have a look at our Travel insurance for seniors over 80s page.

      Regards,
      James

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    JanaDecember 22, 2018

    Is it possible to add two adult children on insurance included with eligible CBA credit cards?

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      JeniDecember 24, 2018Finder

      Hi Jana,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      Yes that is possible. As long as they are unmarried children, from 19 years of age up to and including 21 years of age, who are full-time students attending an accredited institution of higher learning in Australia and who the cardholder has/had sole or shared custody, and who are dependent upon the cardholder for their maintenance and financial support then they can be covered.

      I suggest that you also check Commbank credit card travel insurance PDS or contact Commbank directly on this matter.

      I hope this helps.

      Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any other enquiries.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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    SilvanaJuly 4, 2017

    My husband has type 2 Diabetes. How do I get cover for him?

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      JonathanJuly 4, 2017

      Hello Silvana,

      Please feel free to read through our travel insurance for diabetics guide and learn more about how you can get the right policy for you. While looking for insurers, please make sure you read the terms and conditions of the policy to learn more and know if it is the right policy for you or not.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Jonathan

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    UrsulaFebruary 3, 2017

    I have a gold credit card and are entitled to travel insurance for an overseas trip.Going to Canada and Alaska in June this year: is a 8day cruise included in the insurance? Thanks for your prompt replay. Ursula

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      MayFebruary 5, 2017Finder

      Hi Ursula,

      Thanks for your question.

      Yes, the complimentary travel insurance covers cruising. But if you want to include the benefits provided in the Cruise Pack (which is detailed in the PDS I sent to your email), you will need to upgrade your policy, this is in addition, to cover provided in the Base International Travel Insurance and Activated Policy for cruising. Please contact Allianz Australia Insurance to upgrade.

      Cheers,
      May

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