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Get Maximum Cover & Benefits The Premium Policy: For All – Inclusive Cover

Travel far, travel wide, and set your worries aside. If you're a traveller who desires comprehensive protection, consider our Premium policy. You'll receive the widest range of benefits at highest levels of cover, including: emergency medical & dental, emergency travel & accommodation, and trip cancellation and curtailment benefits that cover the full value of your trip. With a premier policy, you can take off and leave your worries behind.

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Keep Safe & Protected with Basic Cover The Essentials Policy: For Basic Protection

If you’re travelling domestically, or if your trip costs are not particularly high, our essentials policy may be the best choice for you. You’ll still receive essential cover, such as emergency medical and dental costs and trip cancellation costs, but you’ll save by choosing a streamlined suite of benefits. Travel smart & safe with the essentials policy.

Top Reasons To Buy Why Do I Need Travel Insurance, Anyway?

Get RACQ travel insurance to cover you if you need medical assistance when travelling

In a perfect world, you'd never need travel insurance. But you never know when something will disrupt your trip. There are countless situations when travel insurance could literally save the day. Here are just a few:

  • You are injured and hospitalised overseas
  • Your passport is stolen
  • A natural disaster strikes your destination
  • Illness forces you to cancel your trip
  • A labour strike keeps you stranded away from home

You never want to think these situations will happen to you, but if they do, you'll be glad you have travel insurance.

Medical Claim Costs Avoid The High Cost of Medical Claims

Travel insurance from RACQ covers you when travelling near and wide.

Emergency medical claims regularly amount Overseas medical claims regularly amount to more than $10,000, and it's not unusual for them to exceed $100,000. For a small fraction of that cost, you can inoculate yourself against those hefty costs. Emergency medical cover lets you:

  • Protect against astronomical medical bills.
  • Ensure that you receive the highest quality medical care.
  • Have a team of medical advocates monitoring your welfare.

Purchasing emergency medical cover is one of the smartest decisions you can make as a traveller. Don't wait until it's too late.

  • Why has RACQ travel Insurance changed?

    RACQ has changed its policy and pricing as of 01 February 2013. This was done because we want to provide a better service to our customers through better policy cover and better servicing. We believe we have achieved this by partnering with Travel Insurance Partners (TIP).

  • Who are Travel Insurance Partners (TIP)?

    TIP are the issuers and administrators of our travel insurance policies. They do this as agents of the insurer Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK) PLC trading as 'Great Lakes Australia'. TIP also arrange the Emergency Assistance Services, as well as provide after sales and claims service.

  • Am I still covered by my policy that expires after 01 February 2013?

    Yes, your existing policy is valid until expiry and will be honoured and serviced in the same manner as prior to 01 February 2013.

  • Can I get a refund for my current policy and move to the new policy?

    All current refund rules apply, a customer cannot have their policy cancelled and refunded outside their cooling off period. Annual Multi-trip customers will receive a letter prior to its expiry around what to do upon expiry.

  • I am over 70 and have noticed my new policy has increased in cost. Why is this?

    We are now able to provide wider cover and policy benefits to people over 70 than we could before. Because there are more benefits, the price has increased. Additionally because the number of claims, and dollar amount of these claims, made by people over 70 is statistically higher, the cost has increased in fairness to all policy holders.

  • Why is it more expensive for me because I'm older? It's the same product so why do I have to pay more?

    To ensure that the travel insurance product operates on a commercially sustainable basis, the insurer needs to assess a range of variables that are relevant to determining the price for each category of traveller. These variables include the full claims data history across age groups, destinations, categories of claim, etc. Assessing these variables gives an objective basis for a comprehensive and accurate risk assessment for any particular travel insurance policy that is offered. As is found across the insurance industry, an insured's age can be a significant determinant in assessing their risk profile and so is a factor that is taken into account in setting premiums across the spectrum of travelers' ages. By way of example this is the same principle that applies to an 18year old who believes that they are less likely to have a car accident. They still attract an increased premium for car insurance due to being in a younger age group with a higher risk profile.

  • How do I take out a travel insurance policy?

    You can get a quote and buy travel insurance online now, call us on 1300 338 821 or visit one of our RACQ stores, and one of our customer consultants will be pleased to assist you.

  • What does travel insurance cover?

    RACQ Travel Insurance can cover you for when the unexpected happens, whether that's a medical situation overseas, lost luggage, travel delays or theft. When you buy a policy, you're provided with a 24 hour worldwide hotline that you can call for emergency assistance from anywhere around the world, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

  • Is there a discount for travel insurance if I'm a RACQ member?

    Yes, you will receive a 10% discount off travel insurance rates for non-members.

  • How can I tell if I have an 'Existing Medical Condition (EMC)' for the purposes of travel insurance?

    An Existing Medical Condition (or EMC) is:

    1. Any physical defect, condition, illness or disease for which treatment, medication, surgery or advice (including investigation) has been received or prescribed by a medical practitioner, dental or health professional in the 180 days prior to the Relevant Time; or/li>
    2. Any chronic or ongoing (whether chronic or otherwise) medical or dental condition, illness or disease medically documented prior to the Relevant Time.

    ‘Relevant Time’ in respect of:

    1. Single Trip policies means the time of issue of the policy.
    2. Annual Multi-Trip policies means the first time at which any part of the relevant trip is paid for or the time at which the policy is issued, whichever occurs last. The above definition applies to you, your Travelling Companion, a Relative or any other person.

    There are three categories of medical conditions:

    • conditions we automatically cover for FREE.
    • conditions which cannot be covered.
    • conditions we need to assess.
  • Can I get travel insurance that covers my pregnancy?

    Yes, you can purchase our travel insurance that will cover you up to your 23rd week of pregnancy. However, please note the following important points:

    1. If you are aware of the pregnancy at the time of issue of the policy, an online medical assessment must be completed if any of the following apply:
    • there have been complications with this or any previous pregnancy, or
    • You have a multiple pregnancy; or
    • the conception was medically assisted (including hormone therapies and IVF).

    You can complete an assessment as part of your travel insurance quote on our website http://www.racq.com.au/  or contact us on 1300 338 821 for assistance. If cover is accepted an additional premium will apply.

    1. Cover is only provided for unexpected serious pregnancy complications which occur before the 23rd week of pregnancy.
    2. No cover is provided for childbirth or the health of a newborn child, irrespective of the stage of pregnancy at which the child is born.

    Expectant mothers should therefore consider whether they travel and buy this policy, particularly if travelling beyond the 20th week of pregnancy.

    You can view or download the Product Disclosure Statement to find full Details regarding pregnancy.

  • Can my 'pre-existing medical condition' be covered by travel insurance?

    If you are taking out a policy, you can check if you have a pre-existing medical condition without the need to visit your doctor or supply a medical report - simply read through the ‘Existing Medical Conditions' section in the Product Disclosure Statement or conduct a self-assessment as part of the online application process

    There are three categories of medical conditions:

    • conditions we automatically cover for FREE.
    • conditions which cannot be covered.
    • conditions we need to assess.

    Please review each of these categories to determine which category applies to you.

    You can view or download the Product Disclosure Statement to find a full definition of 'Existing Medical Conditions' and what we automatically cover for free.

    Note: If you have an existing condition that does not fit the criteria under “conditions we automatically for free” and you do not apply for and purchase the appropriate cover, we will not pay any claim arising from, relating to, or associated with, your condition.

  • Does travel insurance cover my luggage?

    Yes, but we may refuse to pay a claim if you do not take all reasonable precautions to protect your luggage, which means ensuring that you do not leave it unsupervised and taking all necessary steps to avoid any loss or damage.

    Note that the loss or theft of luggage, personal effects, travel documents or money must be reported within 24 hours to the police or responsible transport provider and a written report must be obtained at the time.

    Other terms and conditions and exclusions may also apply. For more information, please refer to the details in the Product Disclosure Statement.

  • Why do RACQ Travel Insurance policies not cover medical expenses within Australia?

    RACQ Travel Insurance policies do not cover any medical, hospital or dental costs incurred within Australia because this is not permitted by law and you may already be entitled to treatment under Medicare or your private healthcare plan.       

  • Is RACQ Travel Insurance available to people over the age of 70?

    Yes. Our intention is to cover as many people as possible. However policy prices may increase in line with your age and cover may be subject to medical assessment and trip duration limits.

  • Am I covered by travel insurance if I work overseas?

    Our travel insurance is designed for the leisure traveller and typically does not cover events linked to employment overseas. In most circumstances, if you suffer an injury on-the-job you may be entitled to seek compensation from your employer in the first instance.

  • Can I take out a travel insurance policy if I am already overseas and currently have no travel cover?

    No, our policies must be taken out 'pre-travel' and cover you from when you leave your home until you get back to Australia. For policy extensions please refer to “Can I extend my travel insurance if I am still overseas” in the FAQ below.

  • Do I have to pay an excess if I make a claim under my travel insurance policy?

    Our overseas travel plans allow you to choose your excess. The higher the excess you choose, the lower the premium you pay. You can choose from:

    • $Nil excess
    • $100 excess
    • $150 excess
    • $200 excess
    • $250 excess
    • $300 excess
    • $500 excess
    • $1,000 excess

    Your excess will be shown on Your Certificate of Insurance.

  • What happens after I fill out the online travel insurance application?

    After you purchase a travel insurance policy online, you will immediately receive confirmation with a Certificate of Insurance - so you are covered right away.

  • What happens if I have travel insurance and get sick whilst overseas?

    If you have a medical problem whilst overseas, contact the 24hour Emergency Assistance team immediately on  +61 (2) 8907 5634 or one of the following numbers and our team will be able to help you deal with your emergency.

    • New Zealand – 0800 511 719
    • UK - 0800 404 9224
    • USA - 1855 410 9698
    • Canada - 1855 410 9698

    You can call the 24 hour hotline from anywhere around the world, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    RACQ Travel Insurance entitles you to medical assistance and cover for the costs of treatment whilst overseas subject to policy conditions. Refer to the Product Disclosure Statement for details.

  • What happens if I have travel insurance and there is an emergency while I am travelling?

    If you have an emergency whilst travelling, contact Emergency Assistance immediately on  +61 (2) 8907 5634 or one of the following numbers and our team will be able to help you deal with your emergency.

    • New Zealand - 0800 511 719
    • UK - 0800 404 9224
    • USA - 1855 410 9698
    • Canada - 1855 410 9698

    You can call the 24 hour hotline from anywhere around the world, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Can I extend my travel insurance if I am still overseas?

    If you decide to extend your journey and wish to be insured for longer than the original period, you will need to purchase a new policy through us prior to the expiry date shown on your original Certificate of Insurance.

    Note: It is a new policy, not an extension of your previous policy. Should a medical condition first present itself prior to the time of issue of the new policy, it may be considered an Existing Medical Condition under the new policy and therefore may not be covered by the new policy.

  • Can I get a refund on my travel insurance?

    You can cancel your travel insurance policy and receive a full refund in the first 15 days after you are issued with your Certificate of Insurance provided you have not started your journey and do not want to make a claim or exercise any other right under the policy. After this date, we are not able to refund any part of your premium if you cancel your policy or return home earlier than planned.

  • What kind of documentation is required to process my travel insurance claim?

    You may be asked to send us original documents, such as reports or receipts, and usually we need this supporting documentation to action a claim. Each type of travel insurance claim may have a different document required (e.g. a medical report, invoice, receipt, police report) so we will always advise you of any documents required on the claim form.

  • How am I assured of a fair decision when I make a travel insurance claim?

    We proudly support the General Insurance Code of Practice. The purpose of the Code is to raise the standard of practice and service in the general insurance industry. If you are dissatisfied with our service in any way, contact us and we will attempt to resolve the matter in accordance with our Internal Dispute Resolution procedures. A dispute can also be referred to the Financial Ombudsman Service Limited (FOS). The FOS provides a free and independent dispute resolution service for consumers who have general insurance disputes falling within its terms.

Limits, exclusions and conditions apply. RACQ Operations Pty Ltd (ABN 80 009 663 414, AR 234978) is an authorised representative of Travel Insurance Partners Pty Limited (ABN 73 144 049 230, AFSL 360138) who issues insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK) PLC, trading as Great Lakes Australia (ARBN 127 740 532, ABN 18 964 580 576, AFSL 318603). This is general advice only. We do not provide any advice based on any consideration to your objectives, financial situation or needs. Please review your own needs and the combined Product Disclosure Statement and Financial Services Guide before deciding to buy this insurance.