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Match your policy to your trip

The cost of travel insurance can vary greatly between insurers, levels of cover and optional extras, so buy a policy that matches your needs to avoid paying more than you need.

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Get covered for costly overseas treatment

For international trips and domestic cruises, comprehensive travel insurance offers medical cover, including cover for COVID-19 related medical expenses and some pre-existing medical conditions.

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Increase the excess to lower your premium

By increasing your excess (the amount you pay at the time of a claim), you can often lower the cost of your premium.

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A guide to travel insurance

Updated February 5, 2024
Written by Tiana Lee-Collins
Reviewed by Adrian Taylor

Expert tips for choosing the right travel insurance for you

Our travel insurance expert, Adrian Taylor, has some top tips on finding a suitable travel insurance policy for you.

Adrian Taylor
Executive General Manager – General Insurance

Consider optional extras

Depending on your trip, a comprehensive policy may not cover all your planned activities. Consider purchasing optional extras for an additional premium to suit your trips needs. These may include cruise cover, adventure sports cover, rental car hire excess and more.

Get a policy early to have cancellation cover

To have cancellation cover from the start, you should compare and purchase comprehensive travel insurance as soon as you make a booking and pay any deposits in case you need to cancel your trip before you even depart.

You may get cover for pre-existing medical conditions

If you have any known pre-existing medical conditions, you may receive cover up to a limit – provided this is disclosed to and approved by your insurer before you take out your travel insurance policy. Some policies will only cover certain pre-existing conditions, while others may not provide cover at all. As such, it’s crucial to check the policy wording before purchasing.

Travel insurance explained

Learn about travel insurance with Catriona Rowntree, host of popular Australian travel show, Getaway.
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About travel insurance

What is travel insurance?

Travel insurance is designed to protect you against unexpected events when you’re travelling domestically or internationally.

Why get travel insurance?

Why compare travel insurance?

What does travel insurance cover?

Travel insurance inclusions

Medical cover

Depending on the type of policy you take out, your travel insurance can cover your overseas medical expenses.


Important to know

Types of travel insurance

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What is travel insurance excess?

Travel advice for every stage of your trip

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After you travel

Meet our travel insurance expert, Adrian Taylor

As Compare the Market’s resident expert in travel insurance, Adrian believes in educating customers about this product so that anyone can kick back and make the most of their time away from home.

As the Executive General Manager of General Insurance at Compare the Market, Adrian Taylor has over 13 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Adrian specialises in customer experience and is dedicated to helping customers better understand insurance products so they can save money.