We provide an update to our travel advice regarding this event, which should be read in conjunction with previous advice posted below.
For policies/trips with a Relevant Time on or after 21st March 2020: There is no cover for claims related to COVID-19.
Each of our policies come with the condition that you are not aware of any circumstance which is likely to cause a claim under your policy.
The Australian government announced a travel ban from 21st March 2020, effectively closing its borders. We advise that by this date the coronavirus pandemic (and subsequent illness COVID-19) was a known event worldwide, regardless of where you were travelling to and cover is therefore not available for claims related to COVID-19 in any way for policies/trips with a Relevant Time on or after 21st March 2020.
For policies/trips with a Relevant Time between 23rd January and 21st March: The coronavirus pandemic was present and known in certain countries at this time as detailed below. The claims team will consider DFAT travel advice in place at the Relevant Time and where you chose to travel in order to assess coverage under your policy.
On 11 March, the WHO made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterised as a pandemic.
On 9 March, DFAT advised that “in most countries, we continue to advise Australians to ‘exercise normal safety precautions’. For the coronavirus, this means taking sensible measures to minimise your risk of exposure such as practising good hand hygiene. We have raised our advice level for six countries: China and Iran – to ‘do not travel’; South Korea and Italy - to 'reconsider your need to travel'; Japan and Mongolia – to ‘exercise a high degree of caution’.”
On 23 January 2020, it was first reported in the media that hundreds of people across the Hubei province in Central China had been taken to hospital with breathing difficulties, with numerous deaths reported since.
The Australian Government’s Department Of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) have confirmed an active outbreak of the coronavirus originating from Wuhan City, where there have subsequently been confirmed cases of individuals outside China, and the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the outbreak as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
DFAT travel advice for China was updated 2 February 2020 stating ‘Do not travel’, with further recommendations regarding the coronavirus detailed on their website (www.smartraveller.gov.au). This advice and recommendations may continue to be updated for other nations as this epidemic continues.
If you are overseas and have been directly affected by the coronavirus and need medical assistance, please call our 24 hour emergency assistance team immediately on +61 2 8907 5619.
All travellers should pay close attention to local authorities, emergency services and media and including the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the DFAT Smartraveller website. If you are planning to travel, we encourage you to contact your travel agent, airline or tour operator as soon as possible to discuss whether there have been any changes to your itinerary.
Claims will be assessed in accordance with your Product Disclosure Statement and cover may vary depending on the type of policy you purchased.
“We will not pay for claims caused by or arising from an Epidemic, Pandemic or outbreak of an infectious disease or any derivative or mutation of such viruses, or the threat or perceived threat of any of these.”
Please contact your travel agent, airline, cruise operator, tour operator and accommodation provider to consider your options regarding any potential changes in services. Your travel provider may offer free options to rearrange your travel.
This information must be read in conjunction with the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) as certain terms, conditions, limits, and exclusions apply. These terms, conditions, limits and exclusions are detailed in the PDS and we draw your attention to ‘The Benefits’ and ‘General Exclusions’ sections of the PDS.
If you have any further enquiries, please call our Customer Service team on 1300 72 88 22 between 8.00am and 7.00pm Monday to Friday (AEDT) or email [email protected].
Do you have questions about cover for COVID-19? See our coronavirus FAQs.
Or, visit our blog for medical tips relating to COVID-19.
It has been reported in the media that more than 540 people across the Hubei province in Central China have been taken to hospital with breathing difficulties resulting in at least 17 deaths. Some infectious disease experts have estimated the potential for 4,000 cases to be reported during the coronavirus outbreak, where the World Health Organisation (WHO) emergency committee was aware of diagnosed cases in Thailand, Japan, South Korea, and the United States.
We urge you to please pay close attention to the local media and emergency services, including the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) smart traveller website.
Please be advised your travel insurance Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) includes certain terms, conditions, limits, and exclusions. In particular, there are certain policy exclusions that apply to specific benefit sections for claims arising due to an Epidemic, Pandemic or outbreak of an infectious disease or any derivative or mutation of such viruses, or the threat or perceived threat of any of these.
IMPORTANT PLEASE READ: IF YOU ARE OVERSEAS AND HAVE CONTRACTED THE CORONAVIRUS PLEASE BE ADVISED YOUR TRAVEL INSURANCE POLICY WILL COVER YOU FOR OVERSEAS MEDICAL EXPENSES INCURRED (UNLESS YOUR PARTICULAR POLICY GENERALLY EXCLUDES THIS).
Please call our 24 hour emergency assistance team immediately on +61 2 8907 5619 in the unfortunate event you have contracted the coronavirus whilst on your journey overseas.
Pending further developments, claims will be assessed based on what the cause of this event has been deemed to be. If you have any further enquiries, please contact our Customer Service team on 1300 72 88 22 between 8am and 7pm Monday to Friday (AEDT).