Travel Insurance Direct (TID) Review

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Whether you’re travelling within Australia or around the world, travel insurance is one of the most important items to pack so you're protected in case something goes wrong.

Travel Insurance Direct has been offering travel cover to Australians since 2002. With policies underwritten by certain underwriters at Lloyd’s, it offers cover to suit a variety of needs and budgets.

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What policies does TID offer?

You can choose from four cover options:

  • The Works. This is Travel Insurance Direct’s comprehensive policy and is designed for people who want the ultimate peace of mind. It provides unlimited cover for overseas medical expenses, additional expenses and cancellation costs, plus benefits for everything from luggage and personal effects to rental vehicle excess cover.
  • Annual Multi-Trip. For frequent international travellers who also want a high level of cover, Travel Insurance Direct offers Annual Multi-Trip cover for all the journeys you take during a 12-month period (up to 38 days for each leisure trip and up to 90 days for each business trip). This is cheaper than purchasing a separate policy for each journey, and it offers all the same benefits as The Works policy. It also includes the option of adding business travel benefit to cover the loss, theft and damage of business equipment, plus the cost of hiring business equipment and re-creating business documents.
  • The Basics. Designed for travellers on a budget, this policy features lower benefit limits and provides protection against a range of common risks. As well as $5 million overseas medical expenses cover, it also provides benefits for cancellation costs, additional expenses, personal accident, luggage and personal effects, and more.
  • Domestic. Designed for travel within Australia, the Travel Insurance Direct Domestic policy covers cancellation costs, additional expenses, rental vehicle insurance excess, accidental death, luggage and personal effects, and personal liability.

What’s covered by Travel Insurance Direct?

Depending on the policy you choose, Travel Insurance Direct offers a wide range of benefits to Australian travellers, including:

  • Medical expenses incurred overseas. Travel Insurance Direct will cover the cost of emergency medical, hospital, road ambulance or other treatment you receive overseas after suffering a sudden illness or serious injury.
  • Cancellation costs. If unforeseen circumstances outside your control force you to cancel your trip, your policy will cover the cost of cancelling or rearranging your trip.
  • Additional expenses / medical evacuation. If you’re unable to continue your trip due to specific circumstances beyond your control, such as the death of a relative or cancellation of your transport due to a natural disaster, Travel Insurance Direct can cover your additional travel and accommodation expenses. It also covers the cost of a close relative or friend travelling to you and remaining by your side when you are hospitalised overseas.
  • Loss of income. If you suffer an injury during your trip and are unable to attend to your normal work or business when you return to Australia, your policy can pay a certain amount for up to six months to help replace your lost income.
  • Out-of-pocket expenses. When you’re hospitalised overseas for more than 48 consecutive hours, your policy pays a daily benefit to cover your out-of-pocket hospital expenses.
  • Travel delay. If your pre-paid scheduled transport is cancelled, rescheduled or delayed for a reason outside of your control, Travel Insurance Direct covers additional expenses for accommodation, meals and for transfers directly between transport terminals and accommodation. If you can’t reach your next destination on time as a result of the delay, you’re also covered for your unused travel costs (e.g. pre-paid accommodation and tours).
  • Return airfare. If you suffer a sudden illness or serious injury and the treating medical practitioner decides that you need to return to Australia with a medical escort, this benefit covers the cost of your original airline ticket.
  • Resumption of trip. If you have to cut your trip short to return home following the death or serious injury or illness of a close relative, you’re covered for the cost of resuming your trip at a later date.
  • Special events. If unforeseeable circumstances outside of your control mean you will be unable to arrive on time at a pre-arranged event (wedding, conference, returning to work etc.), Travel Insurance Direct covers the additional cost of alternative public transport arrangements to get you there on time.
  • Rental vehicle insurance excess. This benefit provides cover for the rental car insurance excess you’re liable to pay when your hire vehicle is damaged, stolen or involved in an accident.
  • Accidental death. Your policy will pay a lump sum benefit if you die within 12 months as a result of an accidental injury sustained during your trip.
  • Total permanent disability. This benefit is paid if you suffer an injury on your trip that results in your permanent total loss of sight in one or both eyes, or the permanent total loss of use of one or more limbs.
  • Luggage and personal effects. You’ll be covered for the cost of repairing or replacing lost, stolen and damaged luggage and personal items.
  • Personal liability. If your negligence results in damage to someone else’s property or causes them to suffer bodily injury or death, Travel Insurance Direct’s policies include cover for your personal liability.

How do the policy benefits stack up against each other?

Cover FeatureThe Works/Annual Multi-tripThe BasicsDomestic
Medical Expenses Incurred OverseasUnlimited$5,000,000
Dental Expenses$500$500
Cancellation CostsUnlimited$3,000$10,000
Additional Expenses and Medical EvacuationUnlimited$5,000$10,000
Loss of Income$9,000
Out of Pocket Expenses$6,000$6,000
Travel Delay$2,000
Return Airfare$6,000
Resumption of Trip$3,000
Special Events$2,000
Rental Vehicle Excess Cover$4,000$4,000
Withdrawal of Services$500
Accidental Death$25,000$25,000$10,000
Total Permanent Disability$12,500$12,500
Luggage and Personal Effects$12,000$3,000$4,000
Personal Liability$2,500,000$1,000,000$1,000,000

The following figures refer to policies for a single traveller. Information last checked as correct March 2017 - always read the PDS before buying a policy.

Are there any additional options available?

Travel Insurance Direct lets you tailor your policy with a range of additional options. You can add the following options to your Travel Insurance Direct cover by paying an extra premium:

Winter sports option
Piste Closure$1,000
Snow Skiing Pre-paid Costs$1,000
Snow Skiing Equipment Replacement$1,500
Hired Snow Skiing Equipment$2,000
Business Travel Available with Annual Multi-trip only
Business Equipment$5,000
Hire Business Equipment$1,000
Re-Create Business Documents$1,000
Rental Car ExcessNot available with The Basics policy
Rental vehicle insurance excess$4,000
New for old cover for valuable items
Additional cover for valuable itemsMax. $4,000 per item specified

The above benefits refer to policies for a single traveller. Information last checked as correct March 2017.

What are the age limits for each policy type?

PolicyMaximum age
The Works (single trip overseas)80
The Basics (single trip overseas)75
Annual multi-trip (international or domestic trips)75
Domestic (single trip)80

What's not covered?

TID will assess each domestic and international policy claim. General Exclusion for TID claims include:

  • It arises due to the insolvency of any travel agent, tour operator, accommodation provider, airline or other travel services provider
  • It is for consequential loss of any kind, such as loss of enjoyment
  • It arises because you commit a criminal or unlawful act
  • It is caused by an act of war
  • You fail to obtain the relevant visa, passport or travel documents
  • You fail to follow advice in the mass media or from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advising against travel to a particular country
  • Your claim arises due to errors or omissions in your booking arrangements
  • Your claim is for loss, theft or damage to unaccompanied or unsupervised luggage and personal effects
  • It is for wear and tear or depreciation of property
  • It arises because you intentionally expose yourself to a needless risk or fail to take reasonable care
  • It arises due to delay, detention, seizure or confiscation by Customs or other officials
  • It arises because you were under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Are my pre-existing medical conditions covered?

Travel Insurance Direct considers pre-existing medical conditions in three categories:

  • Conditions that are automatically included. This includes conditions such as high blood pressure (if you do not suffer any cardiovascular disease or diabetes).
  • Conditions that are excluded. This includes conditions like ongoing treatments for heart problems and conditions where you have been hospitalised in the last 24 months.
  • Conditions that can be covered under a special pre-existing medical conditions policy. This may include conditions that are not listed in the above categories, such as a cardiomyopathy.

How do I get a policy that covers my pre-existing condition?

You will need to inform TID of your condition. If TID agrees to insure your condition, you will generally need to pay an additional premium.

How do I contact Travel Insurance Direct in case of an emergency?

If you need urgent assistance during your trip, you can contact the worldwide emergency assistance line on +61 2 9234 3123 or +61 2 8256 1523. This line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is contactable worldwide.

If you’d like to contact Travel Insurance Direct to ask a question or discuss a claim, you can phone the insurer on 1300 843 843 from Australia or +61 2 8263 0483 from overseas. Contact hours are 8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 9am-5pm Saturday.

How can I make a claim?

The easiest way to make a claim on your policy is online through the Travel Insurance Direct website. All you have to do is follow these steps:

  1. Enter your email address and Travel Insurance Direct password to log in.
  2. Select “Claims” from the menu and then click on “Make a new claim”.
  3. Answer a few quick questions about what’s happened to let the insurer know the nature of your claim, then click on “Continue to the next step”.
  4. Describe in as much detail as possible exactly what happened.
  5. Answer a range of questions specifically related to your claim. As you do so, you’ll be advised what documents you will need to supply to support your claim.
  6. List all the expenses you are claiming.
  7. You’ll be emailed instructions for the next steps and a list of documents the insurer requires to process your claim.
  8. Gather your documents and then upload and submit them via the Travel Insurance Direct claims portal.
  9. You’ll receive a one-page summary of your claim. Review this to ensure that all details are correct before clicking “Submit”.

Once you’ve submitted your completed claim form and all the necessary documentation, your claim will be processed within ten working days

Why should I consider TID?

  • Experience. Travel Insurance Direct is underwritten by Lloyd's, one of the world’s leading insurance brands. Over 1 million Australians have taken out travel cover with Travel Insurance Direct since 2002.
  • Dedicated customer service. Travel Insurance Direct realises its success is dependent on not only its range of products but also the service it provides to customers. From the initial policy application process to dealing with policy owners in the event of a claim, Travel Insurance Direct has a dedicated team of consultants to provide support 24 hours a day, anywhere in the world.
  • Giving back to the places you go. When you buy a policy, you can make a micro-donation to The Footprints Network, which helps you give back to destinations you travel to. Your donation goes towards community projects such as clean water in Cambodia or eye care for indigenous Australians.
  • Money back guarantee. If you are not satisfied with the policy you have chosen with TID, you are entitled to a 14-day cooling off period during which you can cancel your policy and receive a full refund. This option is only available if the trip or policy has not already commenced and you have not made a claim.
  • Kids go free. Dependent children under the age of 21 named on the policy can be covered free of charge.

Questions people have about Travel Insurance Direct

How do I get a quote for a policy?

If you like the sound of the benefits offered by Travel Insurance Direct, use the quote engine at the top of this page to find out how much cover will cost. All you have to do is:

  1. Select from Single Trip or Annual Multi-Trip cover
  2. Enter your travel destination(s)
  3. Enter your travel dates
  4. Enter the ages of all travellers who will be included in cover
  5. Click “Get quote now”

You’ll then be presented with one or more quotes depending on the details you have provided. After reviewing the cost of cover and the included benefits, click the green “Go to site” button if you’re interested in buying cover. You’ll be redirected to the Travel Insurance Direct website where you can download the PDS and apply for a policy.

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    AndreaFebruary 2, 2018

    Hi do you cover volcanic ash

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      AshFebruary 16, 2018Staff

      Hello Andrea,

      Thank you for reaching out to us.

      Currently, no brand in our panel offers cover for the ash cloud in Bali. But this page would give you an idea which brands offered cover in the past.

      Please continue to check our pages as we are continuously updating it for any new issue statements regarding the ash cloud cover from different insurance providers.

      I hope this helps.

      Please do not hesitate to reach out to us again if you have additional questions.


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    MeganMay 13, 2017

    I need to purchase medical cover for my son who just got married to an American and is living in US. What typ of cover is suitable??

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      ZubairMay 15, 2017Staff

      Hi Megan,

      Thank you for your question.

      You have contacted, a comparison and information service and not actually TID. As a comparison and information service, we are not permitted to provide our users with personalised financial advice or product recommendations.

      However, TID offers cover for Australian residents that are already overseas. You may compare TID and other travel insurance brands on our travel insurance for Australians already overseas page, in order to get the quote, please click on the green’Get quote’ button.


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    BarbaraMay 9, 2016

    Europe 31 May returning 28 June. Single policy, aged 69. Need pre existing condition of CLL covered. Take one pill, no other treatment, no hospitalisation, not terminal, not against doctor’s advice. No other conditions except minimal blood pressure and under active thyroid, both treated for at least past five years without change.
    Can you offer a policy?

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      ClareOctober 9, 2016

      Please do not use this company. TID ripped me off big time. They do anything they can to avoid paying you, I ended up $20 worse off than if I never claimed, and thousand of dollars in medical expenses they would not pay. Go with anyone else but never TID!!! Clare

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      RichardMay 10, 2016Staff

      Hi Barbara,

      Thanks for your question. is a comparison service and not an insurer. Many of the brands in our panel offer cover for pre-existing condition. Please review our travel insurance for pre-existing conditions page for more information.

      I hope this was helpful,

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    MFebruary 29, 2016


    I’m looking for travel insurance. I am a non-resident of Australia living in Indonesia. Can you help me?

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    KazJanuary 10, 2016

    If I’m travelling to the USA for work & want travel insurance just for a few days to cover me while going there. Am I still covered even though I’m starting my trip in Australia but ending it while I’m overseas?

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      RichardJanuary 11, 2016Staff

      Hi Kaz,

      Thanks for your question. Yes, you are able to get one-way travel insurance. For more information you may find the following page useful:
      One-way Travel Insurance

      I hope this was helpful,

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