Cover-More offers cover for pregnancy to protect you up to the 24th week (23 weeks, 6 days). According to the World Health organisation, the safest time for pregnant women to travel is the second trimester. Gestational age is measured in weeks and days and is calculated from the last known date of your menstrual period or calculated from staging ultrasound.
It's important for you to know any airline restrictions placed on pregnant travellers before you book your trip.
For specific questions, visit our Pregnancy travel insurance FAQs.
If you are pregnant when buying your travel insurance, you’ll need to complete a medical assessment to apply for cover if:
If you have already bought your travel insurance and then found out you were pregnant there’s no need to do anything. If you need to cancel your trip due to your pregnancy, you’ll need supporting documentation from your doctor indicating you’re not fit to travel to claim for cancellation.
Have a watch of the video below as Dr Will Milford from Kindred Midwifery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology shares his general tips for pregnant women who are wanting to travel.
Cover-More Travel Insurance looks after the mother, if serious, unexpected pregnancy complications arise before the 24th week of the pregnancy. If you’re travelling in the first 23 weeks of your pregnancy and you meet the conditions in the Product Disclosure Statement, we can provide you with:
We do not cover childbirth or neonatal care overseas. Overseas births can be complicated and expensive. We recommend travel before the 24th week of pregnancy to reduce the risk of an overseas birth.
If you travel after the 23rd week, Cover-More can provide cover for non-pregnancy related events. You’ll have standard policy elements like luggage cover and any medical conditions not related to your pregnancy.
Please keep in mind that under our travel insurance policies:
Please read the Product Disclosure Statement so you understand what's included in the plans. We want you to find the best policy to suit your travel needs as an expectant mother.
If something isn’t right while you’re overseas, contact the local emergency services and then as soon as possible, give us a call. If you are giving birth overseas, we can provide non-financial support and put you in touch with your family back home. While childbirth isn’t covered by our policies from a financial perspective, we can still be there for you for emotional support and assistance. Cover-More customers may have access to our TravelGP service where we can put you in touch with an Australian-based doctor via telemedicine.
A babymoon is a great opportunity for the couple to unwind and make important decisions like baby names, whether to find out if it’s a boy or girl, or who to name as guardians. There are a lot of hotels and destinations that have jumped on the babymoon bandwagon. Packages include luxury accommodation, relaxing massages, welcome gift hampers and buffet breakfasts (you are eating for two after all).
You’ll want to make sure that wherever you pick, you have access to:
Make sure you always have the following items with you:
And if you’re travelling overseas you’ll need:
If you are travelling in your third trimester OR you unexpectedly go into labour overseas there are a few things to consider. Citizenship rules change from country to country, so it’s a good idea to understand the local laws before travelling.
If you are an Australian citizen and you give birth overseas, you’ll need to apply for your child’s Australian citizenship and passport before you can return home. For application forms and more information visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website. Our assistance team can help put you in touch with the local embassy to organise the documents.
It’s good to be well prepared for an upcoming journey. It’s even more important when you’re pregnant, with more to consider for you and your unborn baby. Consider the following steps before you head off.
As a pregnant woman, you are at risk of serious complications if you contract malaria or viral hepatitis E. Certain standard vaccinations can also be harmful to your baby when you’re pregnant. We recommend you get in touch with your doctor before you travel to ensure you have the right vaccinations for your trip. Nothing is more important than protecting the health of you and your baby.
Planning a trip requires preparation and even more so if you're expecting a baby. Have a read of our expert tips for travelling while pregnant to help you navigate through the planning process. We've also put together some information about land and sea travel while pregnant by Dr Charlotte Elder - be sure to check it out!
Whether or not you have to apply for pregnancy cover, these restrictions apply to claims arising in any way from the pregnancy of any person:
Cover is only provided for serious, unexpected pregnancy complications that occur up until the 24th week of pregnancy i.e. up to 23 weeks, 6 days. Gestational age is measured in weeks and days and is calculated from the last known date of your menstrual period or calculated from staging ultrasound.
Childbirth is not covered.
Costs relating to the health or care of a newborn child are not covered, irrespective of the stage of pregnancy when the child is born.
For restrictions on flying that you might need to consider before booking travel, visit our airline restrictions placed on pregnant travellers page.
No. Costs to give birth or care for a newborn child, regardless of the stage of pregnancy at which the child is born, are not covered.
Expectant mothers should consider whether they travel with our policy, particularly if travelling beyond the 20th week of pregnancy. Costs to give birth and for neonatal care overseas are expensive.
We’ll need a medical report from overseas, information from your GP (depending on how far along you are), information on your medical history and itemised bills showing the cost of any treatment you received.
Once a claim is approved, we’ll deal directly with the hospital and can usually make payment directly so you can focus on recovering.
Find out more by visiting our FAQs for Pregnancy travel insurance here!
Being pregnant is an incredible journey. You may want to squeeze in one last holiday before your little one arrives. To give you comfort and peace of mind, consider taking out pregnancy travel insurance from Cover-More. Get a quote online so you can get on with enjoying this precious time in your life.
*Travel GP services do not form part of your travel insurance policy. It is a service offered to customers at Cover-More’s costs and at our sole discretion. Your circumstances including age, location, medical condition or issue, proximity to appropriate medical care and medical history will also be considered.