Zoom policies cover you for unlimited overseas medical claims related to Coronavirus if you test positive and require emergency medical treatment. This cover includes costs resulting from any overseas hospital medical treatment, ambulance transportation or repatriation back to Australia.
This meets the requirement for governments that have mandated travel insurance with Covid cover for entry. Upon purchase, you will receive an additional page attached to your certificate of insurance outlining the COVID cover which can be used as evidence of the cover.
Zoom polices do not cover for cancellation costs incurred if you catch Coronavirus before you depart for your holiday and need to cancel, this includes additional costs such as quarantine costs and standard PCR tests.
Please scroll to our handy FAQS to learn more about our Covid Cover and refer to the PDS for full policy wording.
If you are a Zoom customer and you're experiencing an emergency overseas, please get in touch with our contact our Emergency Assistance team.
These contact details are for customers experiencing a genuine emergency only.
For general queries, including making a claim or extending your policy, please visit our contact us page.
People who have pre-existing conditions may be blocked by the system from extending their policy, so please get in touch with the customer service team.
When extending your journey, we encourage you to check the smartraveller website for updates on your intended destinations, including travel advice level, entry and quarantine requirements as well as any government recommendations.
If you want to get home and are experiencing any issues with this, make sure you:
Important: Please note Zoom policies purchased prior to 19th November 2021 have a general exclusion which excludes cover for any claims related to an epidemic or pandemic. Zoom policies purchased after 19th November 2021 offer overseas medical coverage related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), however we do not cover any cancellation costs or additional costs that are incurred as a result of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The COVID-19 Coronavirus is a respiratory illness caused by a novel, or new strain of coronavirus previously not identified in human beings. Symptoms range from a mild cough to severe pneumonia. Some people recover easily, while others get very sick very quickly and may become critically ill. It appears to be less severe in children and healthy people, and more severe in older people, people who smoke, and people who are immunocompromised. There is clear evidence that the virus spreads from person to person. The illness originated in China, but there are now occurrences of the novel coronavirus in over 100 countries.
If you want to change your travel plans, we highly recommend contacting your travel providers, such as airlines, tour and accommodation companies, to check what options you have. Many providers are offering refunds, rescheduling or credit notes due to the Coronavirus. Each provider has different policies, and it may depend on when you're travelling and where you're travelling to. Visit here to learn more about amending your travel plans. You can also amend your travel insurance policy dates and destinations, up to 12 months from the date of issue, and you can extend your policy yourself online. People who have pre-existing conditions may be blocked by the system from extending their policy. Please email our customer service team on [email protected]. Please be advised that there is a very high volume of travellers contacting us, but we will get back to you as soon as you can.
Yes, all Zoom policies have a general exclusion for the threat of, likely, or actual epidemics and pandemics. This means that regardless of when you purchased your policy, you are unlikely to be covered under the policy for any claim relating to the Coronavirus. This includes (but is not limited to) situations where you decide or need to cancel your plans due to the Coronavirus, if you are quarantined or suffer travel delays due to the Coronavirus. This applies to all countries you travel to or are planning to travel to, even those which do not currently have a DFAT or MFAT travel warning advisory issued.
We understand that this is a difficult and stressful time for our customers, and the general exclusion may be disappointing. It is extremely difficult for our team to assess and predict the scope and severity of wide-reaching catastrophic global events like pandemics, epidemics, or the outbreak of war. We continue to assess all claims on a case-by-case basis, even with the general exclusion in place.
If you suffer a loss, you are still entitled to lodge a claim through our online claims system. Every claim is assessed individually on a case-by-case basis by our Claims Team, and will consider the policy wording and personal circumstances. During the claims process, you can ask your Claim Manager questions regarding your claim if you are unsure of what documents you need. If, after your claim has been assessed, you are unhappy with the outcome, you can make a complaint, and will reconsider your claim in accordance with our Complaints Policy.
If you think you may have the coronavirus, please contact our emergency assistance provider, First Assistance. They can provide guidance as to the next steps you can take. Will consider these claims on a case-by-case basis on the policy wording and your individual circumstances.
If you are quarantined because of the Coronavirus in Australia/New Zealand and need to cancel your trip or make alternative travel arrangements, we are unlikely to be able to cover your costs due to the exclusion regarding pandemics and epidemics. You are however still entitled to lodge a claim, as all claims are assessed on a case-by-case basis.
While you are in Australia, we are unable to cover any domestic medical expenses, as travel insurers are prevented from doing so by Australian legislation. If you are an Australian permanent resident or citizen, you will likely have access to Medicare or your private health insurance.
Australia has agreements with 11 countries that covers the cost of medically necessary care when Australians visit certain countries and visitors from these countries visit Australia. The list of countries includes Italy, New Zealand, the UK and the Netherlands.
Reciprocal health care agreements can cover or subsidise some emergency medical costs. This is usually for urgent treatment that can't wait until you get home.
Some reciprocal health care agreements can cover other costs. This can include local medical transport, medication and specialist services.
Unfortunately, a reciprocal health care agreement is not a substitute for insurance, and it’s likely you’ll still have some out of pocket expenses. Our policy does not cover medical care that is covered under a reciprocal health care agreement.
The policy exclusion regarding epidemics and pandemics means that no matter when you purchased your policy, you are unlikely to be covered for cancelling your trip to any destination. This applies to all countries, even those that Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) has not raised a travel-warning about.
If you don’t want your Zoom policy anymore, you can cancel your travel insurance and receive a refund provided that your policy hasn't started and you are within the cooling-off period. This is typically 14 days, or the number of days between your policy issue date and the start date of your policy if you purchased less than 14 days before travel. If you wish to cancel your trip more than 14 days after purchase, you can also amend your travel insurance policy dates and destinations, up to 12 months from the date of issue. Many customers can extend your policy yourself online, however people who have pre-existing conditions may be blocked by the system from extending their policy. Please email our customer service team on [email protected]. Please be advised that there is a very high volume of travellers contacting us, but we will get back to you as soon as you can.
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