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What should a travel insurance policy cover?

Posted: 1 March 2018 9:04 am
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Do you know which areas are most important to cover before taking off?

Buying travel insurance is a must for most Aussies heading abroad. A 2017 Smartraveller study found that a stunning 91% of us get cover before heading overseas. Which is great! But, what is a "must have" when it comes to travel insurance cover?

We spoke to Travel Insurance Direct's (TID) Ash Zaman about the difference between the benefits that are commonly claimed versus those that are most important to have covered. To get these results, TID looked at what benefits were commonly claimed in 2017; and for important benefits, Zaman consulted with TID's customer service team.

Probably not surprisingly, the top of the list for both "must have" covered and most commonly claimed was medical attention.

"It’s not surprising to see that ‘medical attention’ topped the list. We know from our data that it’s the most researched upon benefit by customers. The thought of incurring whopping expenses for medical treatment overseas has rightfully put it at the top of people’s minds when buying a policy," Zaman told finder.com.au.

There was some cross cover with what were the most commonly claimed benefits and those that were important to have covered:

CoverImportanceCommonly claimed
You need medical help11
You are in an accident22
Your luggage and personal effects73
Your flight is cancelled or delayed34
You have to cancel your trip85
Your travel is delayed46
Your bags are delayed97
You have to return home early58
You have to pay rental car insurance excess119
You need medical evacuation610
Your passport or travel documents1011
Your credit cards1312
You incur a loss of income1213
You suffer a total permanent disability1414
You become legally liable1515
Accidental death1616

One item that saw an increase in the number of people making a claim in 2017 was rental vehicle insurance excess.

"That’s not necessarily an indicator that we are becoming worse behind the wheel overseas. Rather it’s a sign that more and more people are realising they’re covered by travel insurance and opting to claim rather than pay out of their own pocket," Zaman said.

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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.
We are currently updating our site to reflect the Australian government’s advice. Some travel insurance policies will be temporarily unavailable.

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