Sometimes bad stuff happens – and you can’t predict when it’s going to happen. The good news is that you’re covered for up to $50,000 per policy, for cancellation costs. So unless you’re cancelling an extensive round-the-world cruise, you’re unlikely to end up out of pocket…
What if I’m visiting a country and there’s a warning for parts of it?
If serious travel warnings apply to parts of a country only, you can still buy a policy for that country. Just make sure that you only visit the areas that do not have a travel warning issued by the New Zealand Government of ‘Extreme Risk’ or ‘High Risk’.
We want you to be safe out there and make sure you stay covered, so we advise all our overseas holidaymakers to keep an eye on www.safetravel.govt.nz for any updates to the countries you’re planning to visit before you go. Then if things change before you get there, and a warning is issued for a location you’ve booked to visit, you can make a claim to cancel or alter your holiday.
We watch out for you where we can, but we’re not your mum. It’s up to you to be responsible for yourself and avoid risky areas. We sell thousands of policies online, and collect very little information in the policy application about what you’re doing or where you’re going. So we like to make restrictions on certain destinations where we can, but just remember that some places are extra risky because of the Government warning of ‘Do not travel’ or ‘Avoid all non-essential travel’, they are excluded from cover under your policy!
That said, situations around the world can change at a moment’s notice. So if there were no warnings before you left and you suddenly find yourself in dangerous circumstances overseas, call our 24 hour emergency hotline for advice and support.
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