Mount Agung Volcanic activity - BaliA:
Issued: 2pm on 18th September Sept 2017, AEST
The volcanic activity at Mount Agung, Bali, Indonesia has increased significantly and the evacuation zone around the volcano has been extended by Indonesian officials. We recommend you regularly check for updates through news agencies and your travel provider.
For policies purchased up to 2pm (AEST) on 18th September 2017
In principle advice regarding policy response to claims for cancellation, disruption and delay of scheduled travel arrangements is provided below.
1. Disruption experienced pre-departure
If you have not yet departed on your trip and your outbound flight arrangements are cancelled due to:
a)a government regulation relating to the Volcanic Ash events which prevents you from travelling as scheduled; or
b)the Australian government issues a Level 4 Do Not Travel warning advising against travel to Indonesia / affected region and which remains in force 14 days prior to scheduled travel;
Previously, some airlines offered refund vouchers in the event of cancellation due to the ash cloud and in this case, we would recommend you liaise with the airline/s, travel agent/s and associated travel providers to minimise any loss / claim.
2. Disruption experienced post-departure
Please contact your service provider in the first instance. Airlines, accommodation providers and tour companies may provide refunds, credit notes or alter your bookings without charging additional fees.
Claims for disruption to scheduled travel arrangements post-departure are for consideration under Section 4 or 8 of the policy. Section 4 operates under all cover levels (i.e. Essentials, Excel and Excel Plus). Section 8 cover is only available under Excel and Excel Plus policies.
Subject to relevant terms and conditions, Section 4 will respond to compensate the Insured Person for additional accommodation and travel expenses incurred to reach the destination if, due to the failure of public transport, you arrive at a departure point too late to board the public transport on which you are scheduled to travel.
Subject to relevant terms and conditions, Section 8 provides monetary compensation to the Insured Person if the public transport on which they are booked to travel is delayed for at least 12 hours.
All Insured Persons must act as a “prudent uninsured” and proceed on the most economical basis to minimise their loss. We therefore suggest in the first instance you liaise with airlines and associated travel providers to reschedule travel arrangements / obtain refunds as appropriate. Some airlines and similar carriers will provide accommodation to passengers whose travel is disrupted due to natural disasters and you should avail yourself of this facility if possible.
All claims for additional accommodation and travel expenses must be supported by receipts, evidence of your pre-booked travel schedule and actual travel arrangements.
If you are overseas and your return to your home town or city in Australia is affected by the Mt Agung volcano, your policy will automatically extend until you are able to return on the next available flight. You do not need to contact us to organise this extension.
For Single Trip and Multi Trip policies purchased on or after 2pm 18th September 2017:
Insurance serves to provide cover for sudden and unforeseen risks. It is not possible to insure against known risks and the policy specifically excludes claims resulting from circumstances known at the time of policy purchase or trip booking and which could reasonably be expected to give rise to a claim.
Accordingly, no cover will be afforded for any claim which relates to the Mt Agung Volcanic activity/ash cloud under policies purchased on or after 2pm 18th September 2017 or trips booked under an Annual Multi Trip policy on or after 2pm 18th September 2017.
No two claims are the same and accordingly, claims are assessed on a case-by-case basis. The advice provided herein is of a general nature. Claims are assessed on their individual merits and are subject to the terms and conditions of the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) which was provided to you at the time of policy purchase and / or is available for download from this site.
Please ensure that you retain / obtain all documentation which you will need to support your claim for disruption to your scheduled travel arrangements and additional costs you incur.
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Cover if already overseas?A:
So long as you are an Australian resident and returning to Australia (i.e. the end date of the policy must be the date you arrive back in Australia), you can take out a policy. However, there is no cover in place for the first 48 hours from the policy start date.
Non-Australian residents living in Oz?A:
Most travel insurance companies’ state that you have to be a permanent resident of Australia to take out a travel insurance policy. We have a special arrangement with our insurers whereby all we ask ids that you have been living in Australia for at least the past 3 months. This is perfect for those of you on 457 visas , holiday or student visas.
One-way travel / No return ticket?A:
For policies purchased in Australia:
It’s hard to find travel insurers who are prepared to cover you if you don’t have a return ticket back into Australia. We do. This is great if you are leaving Australia permanently and taking time travelling before settling into your new home or if you simply don’t know when you’ll be back.
If you are an Australian resident and presently overseas and are looking to take out a travel insurance policy with us, the policy end date must be the date that you intend to return to Australia. Therefore, the option to extend is not available.
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Group travel insurance?A:
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Kids travelling alone?A:
Simply enter the number of children when getting a quote where it asks: "Other children aged under 18 years".
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What cover is there for terrorism?A:
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Riding scooters & motorbikes ?A:
Motorcycles - If you have an Australian motorcycle licence that is valid in the country you are in, then there is cover for medical expenses if you were to have an accident.
Scooters - If you have an Australian drivers or motorcycle licence that is valid in the country that you are in, then there is cover for medical expenses if you were to have an accident.
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Pre-existing medical conditions?A:
We automatically cover a wide range of pre-existing medical conditions. For more info, click here.
Extend travel insurance from overseas?A:
For policies purchased in Australia:
insure4less travel insurance lets you extend your travel insurance whilst travelling - simply sign into your account.
For policies purchased overseas:
Our insurance is appropriate if you are an Australian resident and are overseas intending to return to Australia on the date your policy ends. Therefore, the option to extend is not available.
Return to Australia during trip?A:
Take out a 12 month single trip policy and you can return to Australia as often as you want during that period. However, there is no cover while you're back in Australia.
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Money back guarantee?A:
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Can I Get Group Travel Insurance?A:
Yes, you can get group travel insurance if you’re travelling with your family or a group.
Does Travel Insurance Cover Medical Expenses?A:
Yes! At insure4less, all travel insurance policies come with unlimited medical expenses cover. This gives you peace of mind knowing there’s more than enough cover in place if a medical emergency were to occur.
Over the years we have received thousands of travel insurance related questions. The following shows responses to the most common queries. Simply email us if there's something we haven't answered or made clear. We'll get back to you in a flash.
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