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Keen to go exploring? Maybe you want to make the most of your retirement with a trip overseas or you have kids or grandkids to visit in another country. Whatever your reason for travelling, you might have considered getting seniors travel insurance. Here at Mozo we compare multiple travel insurance policies available for travellers aged over 70. You can also scroll down to read more frequently asked questions about how seniors travel insurance works and what it covers

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Senior travel insurance comparisons on Mozo - last updated 18 May 2022

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FAQ

What is seniors travel insurance?

Seniors travel insurance is basically travel insurance that is tailored to the needs of travellers over a certain age. Exactly who qualifies as a senior varies from insurance company to insurance company. While some seniors travel insurance policies are available for travellers as young as 60, others are only available for people aged over 65 or 70-years-old.

How does senior travel insurance differ from regular travel insurance?

The amount of medical cover provided, as well as what pre-existing conditions are covered under the policy, are generally the main differences between seniors travel insurance and regular travel insurance. 

Not all travel insurance providers will offer cover specifically for seniors but may still have comprehensive policies available to older travellers. Whether you opt for a seniors travel insurance policy or not, any medical conditions you have should be considered. You can check what pre-existing conditions are excluded in the product disclosure statement that accompanies the insurance plan.

Coronavirus and travelling as a senior

On 1 November 2021, the Australian federal government removed its global ‘do not travel ban’. Although travel is still restricted to adults who are fully vaccinated, or who have a vaccine exemption.

This change in restrictions means that international travellers can enter some states without needing to spend 14 days in hotel quarantine. There may, however, still be restrictions in place for interstate travel and some states and territories may still have restrictions in place for people arriving from overseas.

Rules are subject to change at any time and since the do not travel global ban was lifted have already changed due to the emergence of the Omicron variant. Tighter restrictions are now in place for travellers from a number of countries in southern Africa, regardless of their vaccination status. Again these rules are subject to change again as health officials learn more about the Omicron variant and new variants emerge. It is best to keep up to date with the news and rules around travelling, if you are planning a trip.

Lastly, if you are intending to travel overseas, you will need to apply for an International Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate. According to smartraveller.org.au, the easiest way to do this is via myGov or the Express Plus Medicare app. Besides your Covid-19 vaccination certificate, you may also need to take a Covid-19 test before or after arriving at your destination. It should also be noted that hotel or home quarantine rules may still be in place in some countries, regardless of vaccination status.

What types of senior travel insurance are there?

Providers will often have a few different types of travel insurance policies for seniors to choose from. These can be:

  • Basic travel insurance: As the name suggests, this cover is designed for the essentials, such as medical emergencies, lost luggage and cancellations. Basic policies can also come with age limits, meaning people over 75, for example, may not be eligible.

  • Comprehensive travel insurance: Most comprehensive travel insurance policies come with a higher age limit, sometimes up to 100-years-old. Plus comprehensive cover often includes greater cover for pre-existing medical conditions, meaning it may offer more benefits to seniors. 

  • Single trip travel insurance: Single trip travel insurance is simply insurance that covers a single holiday or trip. Cover starts and ends when the holiday/trip starts and ends.

  • Multi-trip travel insurance: Sometimes called annual travel insurance, multi-trip travel insurance is a policy that provides cover for multiple destinations over a selected period of time. This could be 30 days, 45 days or even 90 days, depending on the individual policy. 

  • Domestic travel insurance: Lastly, domestic offers cover for travel within Australia. It can be useful in case of things like last minute cancellations, delays and lost luggage. 

What is covered with seniors travel insurance?

Generally, seniors travel insurance provides cover for essentials, such as medical emergencies, personal liability, luggage and personal belongings, cancellations and delays. Of course there may be a few things you want a little more certainty about. 

A few things to consider focusing on when looking for a policy are:

  • Medical cover: When taking out a travel insurance policy, be honest about any pre-existing conditions you might have. Insurance providers will often assess what cover to provide for certain health conditions on a case by case basis. Not disclosing details about a pre-existing condition before taking out the policy, could lead to a claim being denied.

  • Cruise cover: A number of travel insurance providers offer cover tailored towards certain types of holidays, such as cruises. 

  • Sport cover: Some insurance providers may offer cover for specific holidays, e.g. skiing holidays, although these will sometimes come with an age limit, which could be around 75 years of age.

  • Pet cover: Got a furry friend who needs taking care of while you’re away? You might be pleased to know that some travel insurance providers actually provide some cover for kennel costs while you’re away. 

For anything in particular you want cover for, be sure to compare and check policies.

What pre-existing conditions does seniors travel insurance cover?

Exactly what pre-existing conditions seniors travel insurance covers will vary from policy to policy. Generally though, cover is provided for conditions such as diabetes, heart conditions and epilepsy. Although it should be noted that insurance companies will often have sub age limits for particular conditions. 

When applying for travel insurance you may be asked to disclose details of a pre-existing medical condition. Often providers will assess medical conditions individually and provide cover on a case by case basis.

More FAQs on seniors travel insurance

When should I get seniors travel insurance for my trip?

Most travel insurance providers will require that you sign up to a policy before departing for your trip. A good time to take out insurance is once you have booked and confirmed everything. The sooner you take out a policy, the sooner you will have cover for things like cancellations.

Can children and grandchildren be covered under seniors travel insurance?

Usually seniors travel insurance will cover dependents travelling with the main policyholder. To be classed as a dependent, children or grandchildren will typically have to be under a certain age. This can be around 18 to 21, but will vary depending on the policy.

What excess comes with seniors travel insurance?

What excess you pay with seniors travel insurance will depend on a number of factors. These include the individual policy in question, what excess you opt for (if there is an option) and who you are. 

While a lot of comprehensive international travel insurance plans offer cover to people aged over 80, the excess available for older travellers is likely to be higher. 

Does seniors travel insurance have a cooling off period?

Yes as is the case with most insurance, seniors travel insurance policies will generally come with a cooling off period. A cooling off period is a certain number of days or weeks from the purchase date within which you can cancel your policy and get a refund.

Although with travel insurance you will usually have to cancel before the trip starts and before any claims are made as well. Make sure you read the product disclosure statement that comes with your policy, so that you know how long the cooling off period is and what the conditions are for getting a full refund.

How do I make a claim with seniors' travel insurance?

Most insurance providers will give the option to make a claim either via their website, over the phone or by sending them an email. To make sure things run as smoothly as possible, you will want to have your policy number, proof of ID, receipts and so forth at hand when lodging the claim.

You may also want to note down your provider’s contact details before you head off, just in case you need to get in touch with them while overseas.

When should I submit a travel insurance claim?

Most insurance providers will recommend that you make a claim as soon as possible. Submitting a claim soon after the event means there will be less chance of losing important evidence such as receipts. Plus the sooner you lodge it, the sooner it will be resolved.

There may also be specific time frames in which you must submit a claim, depending on the individual policy and the claim type. For example, for things like medical or hospital emergencies especially, some providers recommend that you lodge a claim straight away. Otherwise, you may be able to submit a claim when you return home from your trip, though your window to do so might be limited to 30 days.