Australia offers an abundance of experiences and natural beauty, from tropical coral reefs, luscious rainforests and white sandy coastlines to Ayers Rock and its scorched red deserts.
If that's not enough, it's also home to vibrant metropoles and cultural hubs, including Sydney, Perth and Melbourne.
Travel insurance with COVID-19 cover
Our travel insurance now covers you for certain events related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
What we cover
- Emergency medical and repatriation costs if you become ill with COVID-19 while abroad
- If you contract COVID-19 within 14 days of your trip departure and have to cancel or cut short your trip
- You’re denied boarding on your prebooked outbound travel due to a positive COVID-19 test
- If a close relative is hospitalised with COVID-19 within 14 days of your trip meaning you can’t travel, or if you’re forced to cut short your trip for this reason
- You can't continue with a pre-booked excursion because you've been ordered to self isolate by a government authority because you contracted Covid-19 while on your trip
What we don’t cover
- If you had reason to believe your trip may be cancelled, postponed or cut short when you booked it, purchased your policy or travelled e.g. you knew of a need to take a test, you were awaiting test results or experiencing symptoms
- Cancelling your trip because you choose to or were recommended to self-isolate due to potential exposure to COVID-19 e.g. NHS track and trace
- If you travel against Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice. You will need to check the travel advice for all countries you visit or will transit through
- Cancelling or cutting short your trip due to the FCDO changing its advice regarding your destination or countries you will transit through due to COVID-19
- Costs incurred as a result of a local outbreak of COVID-19 that meant you couldn’t stay in your pre-booked accommodation or vessel
- Due to travel restrictions or quarantine imposed by any government or public authority, including local lockdowns and compulsory entry requirements
- Where a travel companion or close business associate not insured on this policy or anyone you planned to stay with contract COVID-19
- Where you were denied boarding for your prebooked outbound travel, but you test negative for COVID-19
For more information about how Coronavirus (COVID-19) affects your travel cover, see our FAQ page. And remember to check the policy booklet carefully before you buy to make sure our COVID-19 cover meets your needs.
Travel Insurance Australia: what cover do I need?
Read the full list of benefits in the policy summary booklet.
The travel insurance you need largely depends on the type of trip you're taking, how long you're going for and your destination.
We offer two options when it comes to worldwide travel insurance:
- Worldwide excluding USA, Canada, Caribbean and Mexico
Popular stop-over destinations for Australia include:
- Hong Kong
If you're planning to visit one of these countries as well as Australia, our worldwide insurance will cover you here, too.
Most of us would count going to Australia as a special holiday so, if this is your only trip away this year, our single trip insurance is a good option. It provides cover for a continuous trip of up to 365 days – which also makes it ideal if you're planning a much longer stay, such as a backpacking holiday or a gap year.
On the other hand, if you're thinking of going on several trips within the year, our annual multi-trip travel insurance will allow you to come back to the UK in between, with the cover remaining in place each time you return to Oz (up to maximum of 31 days per trip).
With both types of insurance, we offer three levels of cover, allowing you to tailor your insurance to suit your specific needs.
Healthcare in Australia
If you become injured or unwell in Australia, you can take advantage of the reciprocal healthcare arrangement that exists between Australia and the UK.
This means if you're a British passport holder, you're entitled to limited subsidised health services for any medically necessary treatment during your stay.
The standard of hospitals and healthcare in Australia is excellent. Be warned, however, that the reciprocal partnership is no substitute for Australia travel insurance, particularly if you need to be flown home in an emergency or you're the victim of theft.
Visit your GP four to six weeks before you leave for Australia to see if you need any vaccinations.
You can also check up-to-date travel health information and recommendations specifically for Australia and other countries on the TravelHealthPro website.
Will my Australia travel insurance cover adventure sports?
Admiral Travel Insurance provides cover for a range of adventurous activities, including surfing and snorkelling as standard. However, when planning any adventure sports, double check you're fully covered by reading your policy booklet.
Australia's incredibly diverse terrain means there's a host of activities available to enjoy across the country. You can:
- Scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef
- Go canyoning in the Blue Mountains
- Experience white water rafting on the Tully River
- Go surfing, paragliding, climbing, sky-diving, trekking, hot air ballooning, bushwalking… the list is endless!
Skiing may not spring to mind when dreaming of Australian weather, but if you're in the know about the popular Thredbo resort between Sydney and Melbourne, don't forget to add skiing insurance.
Similarly, if you're planning to see the Australian shores from the comfort of a cruise ship, you'll need to add our cruise cover.
Working in Australia
Like many travellers, if you're going to be in the country for an extended stay, you might decide to get some temporary work to help fund your ongoing expenses.
When looking for work, it's worth bearing in mind that, while we provide cover if you get a job working in an office or waiting tables, any paid or unpaid manual work – such as volunteering on a farm in exchange for accommodation, for example – won't be covered.
Final tips for visitors
We recommend taking out travel insurance as soon as your trip is booked. This way, you’re covered if you need to cancel your plans for any reason. We also provide cover if you need to cut short your trip in an emergency.
You need a visitor visa to enter Australia and you need to apply for it in good time. Depending on the type of tourist visa you need, it can take more than 45 days to process, so applying early will lessen any stress!
Also, remember to cover your gadgets. Now a holiday essential, they capture those once-in-a-lifetime moments and help us to stay in touch with our loved ones back home.
You can add our gadget travel insurance upgrade to your policy to protect your tech should it get lost, stolen or damaged during your trip. This will help to make sure that your holiday is truly memorable for all the right reasons!
What if I have a pre-existing medical condition?
A pre-existing medical condition is a short or long term illness or injury you have or have had before you buy travel insurance. This includes having symptoms, tests, diagnosis or medical treatment for a condition.
You can declare your pre-existing medical conditions during the quote process to see if we can offer cover. If you’re unsure what needs to be declared or if you're unable to find your condition on the medical conditions list, please contact us on 0333 234 9913.
Your pre-existing medical conditions won’t be covered unless you’ve:
- Declared them all on your policy
- Received written confirmation that we’ll cover your medical condition
- Paid any additional premium in full
Policy terms and conditions apply. Please note, if you’ve had a positive diagnosis of Covid-19 and been prescribed medication, received treatment, or had a consultation with a doctor or hospital specialist for any medical condition in the past 2 years, this needs to be declared on your policy.
If you don’t tell us about your pre-existing medical conditions or give us incorrect information, your policy may be invalid, and we may refuse all or part of any claim you submit.
For a quote with us, click the green button above.
The Money Advice Service Medical Directory
If you have or have had a more serious pre-existing medical condition and are struggling to find travel insurance, the Money Advice Service medical directory may be able to help. This directory has a panel of travel insurance providers who specialise in covering serious medical conditions.
Alternatively, you can call them on 0800 138 7777. (Monday to Friday 8:00-18:00, closed on Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays.)
Your questions answered
Is Australia in Europe?
No, it's not. You’ll need to have at least Worldwide excluding USA, Canada, Caribbean and Mexico cover if you're travelling to Australia.
Do I need travel insurance for Australia?
Having cover when you travel isn't a legal obligation, but consider if you could pay the medical bill if something happened. In Australia, getting you home with a broken leg can cost £12,000. See our Getting Ill Abroad map for more information on medical costs for common illnesses in holiday destinations.
Do I need travel insurance for working holiday in Australia?
It’s always best to have insurance when you go away, but you need to make sure you’re covered to work too. We cover you if you’re working in an office or waiting tables, but any paid or unpaid manual work isn’t covered.
Do you need any vaccinations to go to Australia?
If your routine vaccinations are up to date, you’ll need no extra jabs to visit Australia.
For more information on where, when and how to get vaccines, take a look at our guide to travel vaccinations.
Will my Australian travel insurance include cruise cover?
If you need cruise cover, you’ll need to add it to your policy as an upgrade. Find out more about our Cruise Travel Insurance upgrade.
Can I get travel insurance for Australia with a pre-existing medical condition?
If you have pre-existing medical conditions, you can still travel to Australia – you just need to declare them when you’re buying your travel insurance. Find out more about travelling with medical conditions.
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