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warning A travel ban is in place for all Australians effective 25 March 2020. Most travel insurance brands will not cover you if you travel against a government warning. If you already have a policy, please contact your insurer directly for more information.
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How is seniors travel insurance different?

  • Most travel insurance companies charge more for policies or change the coverage limits for older travellers. We can help you find one that will get you the right amount of cover for you.
  • Annual policies often have a different age cut-off than single trip policies. We've laid out seniors policies that are available on Finder.
  • Some pre-existing conditions are more common in seniors, like arthritis, heart disease and diabetes. We can help you find the right cover for your needs if you have any condition.

Why compare seniors travel insurance with Finder?

  • We've helped more than 59,000 seniors aged 65 years or older compare travel insurance policies.
  • Our oldest quote recipient was 105 years old and travelling to Japan, followed by a 103-year-old going to New Zealand.
  • The most popular policies we've referred seniors to are comprehensive plans.
  • Seniors tend to choose Tick Travel Insurance more than any other brand, but we work with more than 15 if you want to compare options.
  • 40% of seniors book just one or two weeks before departure, leaving any time between trip booking and policy purchasing at risk to unexpected events that could ruin their plans.


Here's how to find the best seniors travel insurance

We recommend getting a policy that offers comprehensive coverage and includes the following as part of your travel insurance plan when you're elderly.

  • Unlimited medical assistance: For if something happens to you while you're away requiring you to go to local doctors or hospitals.
  • Unlimited cancellation: For if something happens to you or a family member before you leave requiring you to cancel your trip.
  • Coverage for delays: For if you require an additional night's hotel, for example, if you have change in your schedule.

Looking for the most comprehensive cover is easy when you use our search tool, thanks to the finder rating. Just enter the destination where you're going, for how long and your age and we'll sort out our top rated products. The higher the rating, the more comprehensive the policy.

We clearly label each policy with the finder rating right along with the inclusions with each policy (which you can see by clicking the "More info+" tab. Here's what you can expect to see.

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*Note that the prices will change depending on where you're going, your age and how long. The prices, captured on 27 May 2019, on this screenshot are based on a 65-year-old traveller going to Bali for eight days.

Age limits for pensioners travel insurance

No matter how old you are, you will be able to find travel insurance. However, as you get older your options for travel insurers does get a little smaller, which is why we've broken down who offers cover and to what age below.

BrandStandard age limitGet quote
1Cover seniors travel insurance1CoverNo age limit
All clear seniors travel insuranceAllClearNo age limit
Tilda logo Image: SuppliedTilda Travel Insurance99
American express seniors travel insuranceAmerican Express84
Picture not describedAustralia Post84
Budget direct seniors travel insuranceBudget Direct100
Columbus direct seniors travel insuranceColumbus Direct84
Fast cover seniors travel insuranceFast Cover89
Holiday Rescue Travel InsuranceHoliday Rescue100
Insureandgo seniors travel insuranceInsureandGo100
Picture not described: Insure4less-Feature.pngInsure4less Travel InsuranceInsure4less90
Medibank Travel InsuranceMedibank Travel InsuranceNot stated on the PDS
Online travel insurance seniors travel insuranceOnline Travel Insurance74
racv logoRACV Travel Insurance110
Tick seniors travel insuranceTick 100
Picture not describedTravel Insurance Saver79
Travel insuranz seniors travel insuranceTravel Insuranz70
Virgin Money seniors travel insuranceVirgin120
Webjet seniors travel insuranceWebjet99
world2cover iconWorld2Cover74
Worldcare seniors travel insuranceWorldcare120
Picture not described: zoom-logo.pngZoom85
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Travel insurance for seniors with pre existing conditions

If you want your pre-existing conditions to be covered in your policy, you'll need to disclose them during the application process, as this could affect whether or not you can get cover and the price of your premium.

If you don't claim it at the beginning and something does happen while you're travelling, you may not be covered.

When it comes to pre-existing conditions for seniors, there are a few important things to remember:

  • Some conditions are automatically covered.
  • Certain conditions that are covered have an age limit (For example, they may only cover asthma if you're younger than 70)
  • You can choose not to get covered for your condition if you don't want to pay a premium (Just remember that it's not going to be covered if something happens!)

Which conditions are usually excluded?

There are some very serious medical conditions that are more challenging to cover, and many policies will exclude them outright (but still cover you for everything else), while others will decline your insurance application altogether.

It's not impossible to find cover for the following conditions, but they will make your search a bit more challenging:

  • It's a terminal illness
  • It requires an organ transplant
  • Serious lung conditions (such as those that require oxygen therapy)
  • Kidney failure that requires dialysis
  • HIV or AIDS
  • Cancer
  • Dementia
  • You require a full-time carer
  • Serious heart conditions like congestive heart failure

You may also find that insurers may not explicitly say whether a medication is covered, so make sure you declare the condition you're taking it for rather than just the actual medication.

All Clear Travel Insurance specialises in medical travel insurance and cover many conditions not typically covered by other travel insurance brands including a range of cancer types at various stages and even terminal illnesses so long as you've got a prognosis of more than six months and a doctor has certified that you're "fit" to travel.

While not a specialist medical travel insurer, InsureandGo claims to consider all conditions. In either case, you can expect to complete a medical screening and if you're approved, pay an additional premium for your condition.

Can seniors get annual travel insurance?

Yes, however the policies may change slightly depending on your age - including an upper age limit with most brands. Refer to the table on our annual multi-trip travel insurance page for a list of our partner brands and the conditions for trip length and age.

For an example, we requested a quote from InsureandGo for a traveller who is after a worldwide policy for two weeks, starting from the age of 50, for the Gold policy. We used the same data to get a quote for an annual policy.

Can I get annual travel insurance if I have a pre-existing condition?

One of the possible drawbacks of annual multi-trip policies is that many insurers do not cover the same pre-existing medical conditions that they often do in single-trip policies, regardless of age.

Insurers may be reluctant to cover pre-existing medical conditions in their annual policies due to the additional risk. The likelihood of you suffering an illness or injury due to a pre-existing condition increases the longer you have cover and the more trips you take, so they may deem a 12-month period of unlimited trips to be an unacceptable risk when compared with providing cover for a single one-off trip.

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Does seniors travel insurance cover cruises?

On-board treatment and medical evacuations at sea are two of the most costly and, unfortunately, most claimed expenses. If you don't have the right cruise cover they could end up costing you your life savings. Some travel insurance plans automatically cover cruise with their policies, while other companies offer cruise protection as an additional premium and may charge slightly more for the cover.

We've highlighted which brands offer cruise cover on our cruise travel insurance page, many of which offer cover for seniors as well.

Can I get cruise travel insurance for pre-existing medical conditions?

As with all travel insurance, cover for pre-existing medical conditions will depend on the type of condition you have, how old you are (some conditions have age limitations), how severe your condition is and whether it's being successfully controlled by medication or other means.

All insurers have a list of conditions they will cover automatically. If your condition is not listed in the product disclosure statement (PDS), you may need to undergo a medical assessment and pay a higher premium to obtain cover.

There are also some conditions that insurers will not cover under any circumstances, such as cancers and terminal illnesses. If you fall into this category, you may have to consider purchasing cruise travel insurance for seniors that excludes cover for your pre-existing medical condition.

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How much does travel insurance for the elderly cost?

Cover does get more expensive as you get older it doesn't always to break the bank, with cover starting from as little as $4 per day.

We got this rate when we quoted a single 65 year old going to Bali for one week, with no preexisting conditions. (Quote ref: 2C7BE01A)

There are many factors that affect the cost of a travel insurance policy for elderly people, including:

  • Your age. As a general rule, the older you are, the more you'll have to pay for a policy.
  • Your pre-existing conditions. If you have a pre-existing condition that isn't automatically covered, the insurer may agree to cover it if you provide further medical information and pay an additional fee.
  • Your travel plans. Where you're travelling and how long you'll be going for can influence the cost of cover. You may also need to purchase additional cover for your specific trip, for example if you want golf travel insurance or cruise travel insurance.
  • The level of cover you choose. Comprehensive cover costs more than policies that only cover the essentials, but it also covers a lot more.
  • Any discounts that apply. Many insurers offer discounted cover to seniors. You may also be able to access discounts for buying online, for using special promo codes and coupons, or for holding multiple policies (e.g. car insurance, home and contents insurance and travel insurance) with the same provider.

To give you an idea of how much a policy will cost, check out the examples below.

Fast CoverTick Travel Insurance
PolicyBasicsBasic
Overseas emergency medical assistanceUnlimitedUnlimited
Cancellation fee coverNo coverNo cover
Luggage and personal effectsNo cover$2,000
Total cost of cover$46.70$36.25
Online Travel InsuranceZoom Travel Insurance
PolicyBasicMedical Only
Overseas emergency medical assistanceUnlimitedUnlimited
Cancellation fee coverNo coverNo cover
Luggage and personal effectsNo coverNo cover
Total cost of cover$49.54$53.51

*Rates are subject to change based on your personal details. Quotes were gathered using the finder.com.au travel insurance quote engine for a 65 year old traveller holidaying for 14 days with the destination set to Bali. The quote was retrieved on 27-May-2019. For current pricing, please use the quote engine above.

FastCoverOnline Travel Insurance
PolicyBasicsBasic
Overseas emergency medical assistanceUnlimitedUnlimited
Cancellation fee coverNo coverNo cover
Luggage and personal effectsNo coverNo cover
Total cost of cover$72.90$73.26
Tick Travel InsuranceZoom Travel Insurance
PolicyBudgetMedical Only
Overseas emergency medical assistanceUnlimitedUnlimited
Cancellation fee cover$5,000No cover
Luggage and personal effects$2,500No cover
Total cost of cover$58.49$103.19

*Rates are subject to change based on your personal details. Quotes were gathered using the finder.com.au travel insurance quote engine for a 70 year old traveller holidaying for 14 days with the destination set to Bali. The quote was retrieved on 27-May-2019. For current pricing, please use the quote engine above.

Fast CoverAmerican Express
PolicyBasicsBasic
Overseas emergency medical assistanceUnlimitedUnlimited
Cancellation fee coverNo coverNo cover
Luggage and personal effectsNo cover$2,500
Total cost of cover$107.90$172.00
Zoom Travel InsuranceTick Travel Insurance
PolicyMedical OnlyBudget
Overseas emergency medical assistanceUnlimitedUnlimited
Cancellation fee coverNo cover$5,000
Luggage and personal effectsNo cover$2,500
Total cost of cover$154.79$80.76

*Rates are subject to change based on your personal details. Quotes were gathered using the finder.com.au travel insurance quote engine for a 75 year old traveller holidaying for 14 days with the destination set to Bali. The quote was retrieved on 27-May-2019. For current pricing, please use the quote engine above.

Tick Travel Insurance1Cover
PolicyStandardComprehensive
Overseas emergency medical assistanceUnlimitedUnlimited
Cancellation fee cover$5,000Unlimited
Luggage and personal effects$4,000$15,000
Total cost of cover$265.30$342.69
Fast CoverZoom Travel Insurance
PolicyBasicsComprehensive
Overseas emergency medical assistanceUnlimitedUnlimited
Cancellation fee coverNo coverUnlimited
Luggage and personal effectsNo cover$7,500
Total cost of cover$175.90$364.86

*Rates are subject to change based on your personal details. Quotes were gathered using the finder.com.au travel insurance quote engine for a 80+ year old traveller holidaying for 14 days with the destination set to Bali. The quote was retrieved on 27-May-2019. For current pricing, please use the quote engine above.

Cheapest seniors travel insurance

If price is a concern, you can filter the results from lowest to most expensive using the finder.com.au search tool.

However, while the cheapest policy may save you in the short term, it might end up costing you more in the long term if you need to make a claim.

If finding a cheap policy is important to you, make sure it provides you with at least a high level of cover for overseas medical and some cover for the other items outlined in the best section.

You can also use the finder rating as a guide to how comprehensive a policy is when trying to decide on which policy is right for you.

Travel insurance discounts to help you save

The following travel insurance brands offer cover for seniors, and an exclusive discount on finder.com.au.

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**Based on the CoreData - Senior Travel Survey (December 2016)

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