Travel insurance for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Get covered for Coronavirus

Important Information

Our policies provide cover for some coronavirus related events. Cover is not available for loss arising from: government intervention including travel bans, border closures or broadly imposed quarantine requirements; events for which the Government has issued a ‘Do Not Travel’ warning for your destination, or failure to follow advice from official bodies. For details refer to the PDS (in Australia) or the Policy Document (in New Zealand). Your ability to travel may be affected by travel restrictions. Check the latest government advice and our travel insurance alerts.

Coronavirus has changed the way we travel. Our Qantas Travel Insurance policies now includes cover for some coronavirus related events. So before you head off on your next trip, it’s more important than ever to know exactly what you are and aren’t covered for.

Coronavirus

Is coronavirus cover available on all plans and what are the benefits?

Cover for some coronavirus related events is available on all our plans, but the types of benefits and benefit limits vary between international and domestic plans.

As much as we’d love to cover every coronavirus-related scenario that a traveller can think of, that’s not what travel insurance is designed to do, so carefully read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) for Australian residents, or Policy Document for New Zealand residents, to know what is, and isn’t, covered.

  • Overseas Medical Benefit: If you get sick with coronavirus while on your trip, our International Comprehensive travel insurance plans include cover for overseas medical expenses.
  • Medical evacuation and repatriation: Both our International and Australian Comprehensive travel insurance plans include cover for medical evacuation and repatriation if we agree it’s medically necessary, based on the reasonable recommendation of a medical practitioner appointed by us.
  • Coronavirus Travel Costs: Our ‘Coronavirus Travel Costs’ benefit is available on our International and Australian Comprehensive plans, and can provide cover for several coronavirus related events, including quarantine expenses and trip cancellation if you are diagnosed with coronavirus.

Qantas Travel Insurance cover for some coronavirus-related events:

International Comprehensive
For residents of Australia and New Zealand.
Limits per primary traveller#
Australian Comprehensive
For residents of Australia.
Limits per primary traveller#
Medical Expenses Overseas^ (includes coronavirus) Unlimited Not applicable
Medical Evacuation and repatriation (includes coronavirus) Unlimited $10,000
Coronavirus Travel Costs $2,500 $2,500

^For up to one year after the illness or injury first occurs. # Sub-limits apply. This is a brief summary of cover and does not include the full terms, conditions, limitations and exclusions. Please read our Product Disclosure Statement (for Australian residents) or Policy Document (for New Zealand residents) for full details.

What’s covered under the Coronavirus Travel Costs benefit?

The Coronavirus Travel Costs benefit, available on our International and Australian Comprehensive plans, includes cover for the following events up to a limit of $2,500 per primary traveller:

  • Your non-refundable travel costs incurred if you or a member of your travelling party is certified by the attending medical practitioner as being medically unfit to travel due to being diagnosed with coronavirus after you purchase your policy.
  • Your non-refundable trip costs if your close relative or business partner in Australia (for Australian residents) or New Zealand (for New Zealand residents) is hospitalised or dies due to being diagnosed with coronavirus after you purchase your policy.
  • Your non-refundable travel costs if you or a member of your traveling party is a healthcare worker, residential care worker or law enforcement officer and your (or their) leave is cancelled due to coronavirus.
  • When your pre-booked accommodation is closed for cleaning following a confirmed case of coronavirus at the accommodation, we’ll pay towards reasonable travel and accommodation nearby - just make sure you get written confirmation from the hotel.
  • If you’re denied boarding transport because you’re suspected of being infected with coronavirus, we’ll help with your reasonable additional travel costs - don’t forget to get written confirmation from the carrier or relevant authority.
  • Costs for your compulsory quarantine if during your trip you or a member of your travelling party are diagnosed with coronavirus or are a confirmed ‘close contact’ (this includes the costs of things like hotel, meals and, most importantly, Netflix!).
  • Your reasonable childcare costs if you are diagnosed with coronavirus during your trip - the ability to entertain the kids in a hotel room overseas may be hindered if you’re unwell.
  • Your reasonable costs for care of your pets back home if you are diagnosed with coronavirus during your trip – we understand that hotels for our furry friends aren’t cheap!

What we don’t cover:

  • While a country or region has a 'Do Not Travel' warning in place for an event, our travel insurance won't cover you for loss that arises from that event if you: travel to; plan to travel to; or remain in that country or region. This includes claims relating to COVID-19 for travel in a country or region where there is a ‘Do Not Travel’ warning in place due to COVID-19, regardless of the date your policy is purchased.
  • Losses arising from government prohibition, regulation or intervention, including travel bans and border closures.
  • Where you knowingly put yourself into a risky situation – just because you’ve got a face mask, doesn’t mean you should be travelling into a coronavirus hotspot.
  • When you buy or extend a policy or make or undertake travel arrangements when you are aware, or a reasonable person in your circumstances should have been aware, of circumstances that could lead to a claim.
  • Ignoring doctor’s advice and travelling anyway – many of us have probably hopped on a plane with the sniffles before but, times have changed.
  • Quarantine when required as a matter of course when you’re returning to your home in Australia (for Australian residents) or New Zealand (for New Zealand residents) or travel interstate or overseas - this is an expense that you should incorporate into your travel plans.
What do I do if I get COVID-19 before my trip?
  • Isolate! And seek appropriate medical attention.
  • Don’t delay the cancellation of your plans. If you know you need to cancel, contact your providers as soon as possible to maximise the opportunity of refunds from your providers.
  • You may be able to make a claim for non-refundable travel costs under the Coronavirus Travel Costs section of the plan up to the benefit limit.
What do I do if I get coronavirus on my trip?
  • Contact our Emergency Assistance team. Utilising a global network of medical providers, the team will connect you with local medical facilities. They can also assist by getting in contact with friends and family where needed.
  • Always keep receipts for any payments you make and wherever possible, request written reports from providers or local authorities.
  • Follow travel and health advice – different countries have different rules. What’s ok in Australia may not be ok in the countries you visit.
  • Our International Comprehensive plans include emergency overseas medical cover if you contract coronavirus while travelling; if you’ve had coronavirus in the past, you first may require a medical screening to confirm cover.
If I need medical treatment overseas will you only pay up to $2,500?

The 'Coronavirus Travel Costs' benefit (which has a limit of $2,500 per primary traveller) is separate to the ‘Medical Expenses’ and 'Medical Evacuation and Repatriation' benefits (which have higher limits). Rest assured that if you incur medical expenses overseas for an event covered under the policy, including if you contract coronavirus, and it’s not related to an existing medical condition, cover is available for up to 12 months from the date the illness first appears. Make sure you contact our Emergency Assistance team if you need medical help overseas, and as soon as possible if you need to attend hospital.

Coronavirus medical expenses

If I get sick with coronavirus on my trip, will my medical expenses be covered?
If you purchase one of our ‘International Comprehensive’ policies and you contract coronavirus while overseas, your policy can offer you:
  • 24/7 access to our Emergency Assistance team, who can help you get local medical care; and
  • cover for necessary medical expenses incurred overseas (including hospitalisation) for up to 12 months from the date the illness first appears, where the illness continues; and
  • cover for medical evacuation or repatriation, if we determine it’s necessary in consultation with the attending medical practitioner.
We only offer the cover mentioned above if your symptoms first appear, and your coronavirus diagnosis is made, after you purchased your policy.

In addition, we offer cover:

1. If you have to cancel your non-refundable pre-paid travel arrangements because:

  • You or a member of your travelling party are diagnosed with coronavirus after you buy your policy, and you or they are certified as medically unfit to continue with your original travel plans.
  • Your close relative or business partner in Australia (for Australian residents) or New Zealand (for New Zealand residents) is hospitalised or dies due to coronavirus that is diagnosed after you buy your policy.
  • You or a member of your travelling party are permanently employed as a healthcare or residential care worker or law enforcement officer, and your or their pre-approved leave is cancelled by the employer due to coronavirus.
This cover starts when you purchase your policy and is available before your trip starts, and during your trip.

2. If you incur certain additional travel costs because, during your trip:

  • You are unable to stay at your pre-booked accommodation due to it being closed for cleaning following a confirmed case of coronavirus at the accommodation. (This cover is available from the moment you purchase your policy, even if your trip hasn’t started.)
  • You are denied boarding on your scheduled public transport because you are suspected of being infected with coronavirus.
  • You or a member of your travelling party are confined to compulsory quarantine due to your or their diagnosis of, or confirmed close contact with a case of, coronavirus.

3. For certain additional child and pet minding services if, during your trip, you are unable to take care of your dependent children or your pets due to you being diagnosed with coronavirus.

Exclusions and benefit limits apply. Most cover is subject to a 72-hour waiting period if you purchase when you are already travelling. Please see the Product Disclosure Statement (for Australian residents) or Policy Document (for New Zealand residents) for details.

I’ve had coronavirus before. Am I covered if I experience new symptoms while travelling?

If your previous diagnosis of coronavirus falls within our definition of an existing medical condition, it is not automatically covered. You will need to complete an online screening at the time of policy purchase to see if cover can be provided for an additional premium. If your previous diagnosis of coronavirus does not fall within our definition of an existing medical condition, your policy can offer cover for overseas medical expenses should you contract coronavirus again while overseas.

Coronavirus trip cancellation or changes

If I get coronavirus and have to cancel or change my trip, will my costs be covered?

If you are medically unfit to travel due to a diagnosis of coronavirus and have to cancel your trip, there is cover available under the ‘Coronavirus Travel Costs’ benefit up to the benefit limit for your non-refundable trip costs.

In order to be covered, your symptoms must first appear, and diagnosis must be made, after your policy has been purchased. You must have confirmation from a medical practitioner that, due to your coronavirus diagnosis, you are medically unfit to continue with your original travel plans.

There’s no cover if you buy a policy when you are aware, or a reasonable person in your circumstances should have been aware, that you are medically unfit to travel - such as buying a policy after you’ve had close contact with a case of coronavirus and you know you need to get tested.

If I have to cancel or change my trip because my travel companion gets coronavirus, will my costs be covered?

If you have to cancel your trip because a member of your travelling party is deemed medically unfit to travel due to being diagnosed with coronavirus after the policy is issued, we offer cover for your non-refundable trip costs up to the benefit limit.

If I'm placed in compulsory quarantine (e.g. following a coronavirus test) and have to cancel or change my trip, will my costs be covered?
  • Under the ‘Coronavirus Travel Costs’ benefit, we offer cover for additional expenses you incur, up to the benefit limit, if you are required to quarantine as a result of your diagnosis of, or confirmed close contact with a case of, coronavirus during your trip.
  • You will need to provide written documentation from the attending medical practitioner or local health authority that confirms that, due to your diagnosis or confirmed close contact, you were required to quarantine.
If I have to cancel or change my trip due to a travel restriction (e.g. a border closure), will my costs be covered?

Cancellation or additional expenses cover in the policy is only provided for certain coronavirus-related events. Cancellation which arises from a government travel restrictions such as a travel bans or border closures are not events that the policy offers cover for.

Aside from those events listed in the ‘Coronavirus Travel Costs’ benefit section, the policy excludes cancellation cover for any loss that arises from an epidemic, pandemic or World Health Organization declaration of a public health emergency of international concern, as well as for losses arising from any government prohibition, regulation or intervention.

If you are unable to use your policy due to a coronavirus travel ban, we have options available.

Other important information:

  • You may still be able to travel if you have an exemption to a travel ban; however, if in addition to the travel ban there is a ‘Do Not Travel’ warning for the country or region where you’re travelling or where you’re travelling to, this warning will still apply to you, and you will not have cover for a loss arising from travelling or planning to travel against that warning.
  • Keep up to date with the latest government and health advice as it may change regularly and at short notice. While there are many bans and restrictions being imposed between countries, most are allowing their own citizens to come home, although you may be subject to quarantine measures when you arrive home.
  • For Australian travellers seeking international information see smartraveller.gov.au and for domestic information see health.gov.au.
  • For New Zealand travellers seeking international information see safetravel.govt.nz.
If the government issues a 'Do not travel' warning for my destination and I cancel or change my trip, will my costs be covered?

No, this is not one of the coronavirus-related events that the policy offers cover for.

We recommend that you research the area(s) you are travelling to and keep up to date with the latest government and health advice before as well as during your trip:

If you are unable to use your policy due to a coronavirus-related travel ban, we have options available.

If I cancel or change my trip because I'm worried about getting coronavirus, will my costs be covered?

We’re unable to offer cancellation cover because you are worried about the risk of contracting coronavirus, as it is not a coronavirus-related event the policy offers cover for.

Speak to your travel providers to see what refund or other options may be available.

Travelling when warnings in place

If the government issues a ‘Do no travel’ warning for coronavirus in my destination and I choose to go there anyway, will I have cover for coronavirus-related expenses?

No; any losses that arise from your failure to follow the ‘Do Not Travel’ advice issued by the Australian government (for Australian residents) or New Zealand government (for New Zealand residents) will not be covered.

We recommend that you research the area(s) you are travelling to and keep up to date with the latest government and health advice before as well as during your trip:

Cover may be available for some coronavirus-related events. Refer to the Product Disclosure Statement (for Australian residents) or the Policy Document (for New Zealand residents) for all policy terms, conditions, limits and exclusions.

If the government issues a ‘Do not travel’ warning for my destination while I’m there, will I have cover for coronavirus-related expenses?
  • If you remain in a country or region despite a ‘Do Not Travel’ warning being issued for coronavirus by the Australian government (for Australian residents) or New Zealand government (for New Zealand residents), the policy will not offer cover for coronavirus.
  • If you are stuck overseas and need assistance, you can contact our Emergency Assistance team; cover may be available for some coronavirus-related events, depending on your specific circumstances. However, the policy does not cover cancellation or additional expenses incurred following the issue of a government “Do Not Travel” warning arising from coronavirus-related events nor for losses that arise from an epidemic, pandemic or World Health Organization declaration of a public health emergency of international concern. Refer to the Product Disclosure Statement (for Australian residents) or the Policy Document (for New Zealand residents) for all policy terms, conditions, limits and exclusions.

Coronavirus quarantine costs

If I'm placed in mandatory quarantine on my trip because I have (or might have) coronavirus, will my quarantine costs be covered?

If you are diagnosed with coronavirus (or have had a confirmed close contact with a case of coronavirus) during your trip and are confined to compulsory quarantine, there is cover available for your reasonable additional travel, accommodation, meals and entertainment costs up to the benefit limit. To be covered, the attending medical practitioner or local health authority must advise us in writing that your quarantine is necessary due to the diagnosis or confirmed close contact.

Self-isolation or mandatory quarantine for travellers which arises for any reason (other than being diagnosed with coronavirus or having confirmed close contact with a case of coronavirus) is not covered under our policies; for example, if all travellers entering a country or region are required to undergo a mandatory quarantine period on entry, costs associated with this are not covered.

Read the Product Disclosure Statement (in Australia) or Policy Document (in New Zealand) for all policy terms, conditions, limits and exclusions.

Claiming

How do I make a Qantas Travel Insurance claim?

Travel insurance claims can be lodged 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

All you need to do is download and complete our claim form with details about:

  • The type of claim you are making,
  • The circumstances surrounding the claim,
  • The expenses you are claiming.

Once your claim has been submitted, we’ll be in touch to advise you of the outcome or request more information if required.

If you need help with your claim, you can call us on:

1300 783 146 (within Australia) or +61 2 8256 1514 (outside Australia)

If you need emergency assistance while travelling, call us on:

1300 555 019 (within Australia) or +61 3 8523 2800 (outside Australia).

Help

Where can I find more information about travel insurance?

We recommend that you read the FAQs available here as well as the Product Disclosure Statement (in Australia) or Policy Document (in New Zealand).

If you still have any questions, please contact our Customer Service team who will be happy to help you.

Who should I contact if I need help while I’m on my trip?

If you’re experiencing a medical emergency and need medical help (including for coronavirus), seek help from local authorities and medical or law enforcement officers as needed.

You can also contact our 24/7 Emergency Assistance team who can help you obtain medical help, and if medically necessary they can work with local authorities to repatriate you home, subject to the terms and conditions of your policy.

You can also contact us while you’re travelling if you have any questions.

The above has been written to guide you and does not replace the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) in Australia, or Policy Document in New Zealand which contains all terms, limits, conditions and exclusions that apply.