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Allianz Travel Commentary On The Consular State Of Play 2016-2017 Statistics

October 12, 2017 Insurance No Comments Email Email

According to the Consular State of Play 2016–17 statistical snapshot released last week by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), over 12,000 Australians required assistance from consular officers during overseas travel from 2016-2017.
John White, Head of Distribution – Travel says, “When travelling overseas, things can and do go wrong, such as injury, robbery and accidents. That’s why travel insurance should be an essential element for any Australian planning a trip abroad.”

“Allianz Travel is calling upon all Australians to make sure they take out the right travel insurance coverage for their trip to make sure they have help to turn to in the event something unexpected happens while abroad. Importantly, travellers should consider what activities they’ll be undertaking while on their next adventure and make sure to purchase a policy that suits their needs. Travel Insurance is an extremely small price to pay when you consider the potential consequences of being caught in an unfortunate situation without cover. Travel insurance policies vary in cost, but can start from as little as $140, depending on the length of your trip, destination, age and if you opt for any extras. As an example, a repatriation air ambulance from Europe to Australia can cost up to $230,000,” he concluded.

Allianz Global Assistance repatriation nurse Rebecca Goodchap adds, “As the Minister for Foreign Affairs points out, medical treatment and repatriation can have a huge impact on your holiday and finances if you’re not covered. The costs can vary drastically from country to country.

In reality, travel insurance is the one essential item you can’t leave home without.” She continued, “Allianz Travel data shows that for many consumers, travel insurance is an afterthought and is often booked as late as the day before departure. In some cases, travellers
choose not to purchase it at all, running the gauntlet and leaving themselves open to potentially disastrous consequences.”

In 2016, the top destinations travelled to by nurses working on repatriations for Allianz Global Assistance:
1. Thailand (listed by DFAT as #4 country visited between 2016-2017)
2. USA (listed by DFAT as #2 country visited between 2016-2017)
3. New Zealand (listed by DFAT as #1 country visited between 2016-2017)
4. China (listed by DFAT as #5 country visited between 2016-2017)
5. UK (listed by DFAT as #3 country visited between 2016-2017)
Allianz Travel has compiled some handy pointers to help you select the right level of cover before booking travel insurance for your next trip:

Adventure holidays
If heading on an adventure holiday, there are travel insurance policies tailored specifically for these types of trips, so make sure that you check these options first, as they may be more suited to your travel insurance needs.

Activities abroad
Whether you are an experienced traveller or not, if you are planning on participating in any adventure activities while overseas, consider your safety. Would the activity be considered dangerous here at home? Do you require a license to partake in the activity – for example –
motorcycle riding or quad biking? If so, it’s likely to be the same abroad.

Medical – the first necessary step
If you, or a member of your travelling party, are hospitalised during your trip, contact your insurer as soon as possible as they may be able to provide assistance or advice on what to do.

The DFAT report states that in 2016 – 2017, 48 per cent of recent cruise ship travellers bought the wrong kind of insurance for their travel. If you are planning on going on a cruise, make sure you have the right level of cover, such as a specialised cruise package.

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