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TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR EUROPE

Europe is undeniably a continent full of history and culture, so if you're looking to broaden your mind and soak up some tradition, Europe is the place to Zoom to. Travel insurance is a no brainer for any holiday and Zoom's Europe travel insurance has you covered no matter which European countries you're visiting.  Cover includes medical expenses should you fall sick or become injured, as well as cover for trip cancellation, lost luggage, family emergencies and more!  What are you waiting for? Zoom to it!

WHY BUY WITH ZOOM

Medical cover

medical cover

Relax knowing that your hospital expenses are covered with Zoom's unlimited medical coverage. Zoom to top notch cover!

travel delays

Travel delays

Whethers it's a strike or snow storm, setbacks on your sojourn can be a bore.  Zoom provides you with cover for extensive flight delays or cancellations.

cruise cover

Cruise COVER

Be covered from ship to shore while crusing around the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Baltic Sea, the British Isles and more with Zoom's cruise pack.

Family emergencies

Family emergencies

Had to rush home or cancel your trip due to a family emergency? We'll cover your non-refundable deposits so you can focus on the rest.

kids go free

kids go free

Family holiday to Europe? Save your euros with all dependants under 21 included under your policy at no additional cost.

Car Hire Excess

rental car excess

Driving can be brilliant way to explore a landscape and enjoy the sights en route. Zoom's rental vehicle excess add-on is a must for roadtrippers.

easy claims

easy claims

We've done away with lengthy forms and have kept our claims process simple. We guarantee to assess fully documented claims in a flash.

Car Hire Excess

Peace Of Mind

Zoom to Zen. You can sit back and relax on your holiday knowing that Zoom travel insurance is backed by LLoyds, one of the world’s most trusted insurers.

EUROPE TRAVEL INSURANCE FAQs

Got some curly questions in regards to travel insurance for your European holiday?
Be in the the know before you go with answers to the most common queries below.

  • Do I have to tell you about every country that I visit?
  • We prefer you to list all the countries that you are visiting individually, but understand that sometimes you may not have your full itinerary mapped out in advance.  With country borders within such close proximity, some travellers prefer a loose itinerary and want spontaneity when they travel, and we don't want to stop that.  So just make sure you add Europe to your destination if you think you're likely to pop to a few to extra countires to be sure you're covered.

  • Am I covered for a European cruise?
  • Whether you're visiting the Mediterranean ports of Italy, France, Spain and Greece, plan to cruise farther north and sail the Norwegian fjords, or cruise along the Danube, you must select our cruise add-on to be covered when on a cruise ship.

    Cruise coverage
    can be added in just one click to your travel insurance policy, which covers any onboard medical treatment, as well as helicopter exacuations if you need emergency medical assistance.

  • Is it safe to travel around Europe?
  • With uncertainty around the refugee situation in Europe and an increase in terrorist threats making headlines, it's understandable that many travellers are asking whether certain European countries are safe to visit.  The reality is that there are many safe, beautiful holiday destinations in Europe to enjoy.

    Smart Traveller, provides travel advisories and recommendations on travel to Europe by country, so it is recommended that travellers register their trip details and sign up for any updates for their destination.  See Travel Smart for general advice for all travellers.

    It's important to note that border security has tightened across Europe, so you’ll need to carry your passport when crossing borders.

  • Am I covered for sailing around the Greek Islands?
  • Yes, provided you are not more than 10 nautical miles off any land mass, you can rest easy knowing that coverage for sailing is included. If you're wanting to sail up to 11-15 nautical miles off the land, you can purchase our Sports and Activities Cover add-on, provided you're not racing! 

  • What happens if I need medical assistance in Europe?
  • Zoom provides immediate support through our emergency assistance provider, First Assistance. Help is just a phone call away any time of day 365 days a year. This includes access to medical advisors, medical transfers, emergency evacuation and translators if required. We also assist with passing on messages to family and returning unsupervised dependants back to Australia.

  • How do alcohol and drugs affect my cover?
  •  When it comes to alcohol we advise you to drink in moderation. One too many Ouzo could see you jeopardizing your cover. Please note that we may exclude any claims where excessive drugs or alcohol have been involved.

  • I have high value items; how much can I insure them for?
  • If you have an expensive item that you just can’t leave behind you can insure it separately for up to $5,000. Please note that high value item cover is only available under our comprehensive plan.

  • Am I covered for pre-paid tour bookings?
  • Yes, with hundreds of European day tours on offer and iconic must-see sights to tick off, you can take comfort knowing that your pre-paid tour bookings are covered if you had to cancel your trip due unforeseen circumstances outside of your control.

  • What age limits apply to Zoom travel insurance policies?
  • You must be under the age of 85 to buy a policy with Zoom. Those under 79 years can purchase a policy for a maximum trip duration of 365 days. Those aged between 80-85 years can purchase a policy for a maximum trip duration of 184 days only. You must also be under the age of 69 to purchase our add-on ski or adventure packs.

  • Which pre-existing conditions does Zoom cover?
  • We automatically cover 36 pre-existing medical conditions with no medical assessments or lengthy medical forms to complete. For further information and a full list of covered conditions head to our pre-existing medical conditions page.

  • Can I reduce my excess with Zoom products?
  • Yes you can reduce the standard excess of $200 by paying a excess reduction fee within the payment process. 

  • What is a dependant?
  • This means your dependant children or grandchildren under the age of 21 at the date of policy issue who are travelling with you.

EUROPE QUICK GUIDE

Europe is full of bucket-list places and postcard locations.  The biggest challenge when planning a European holiday is narrowing down your options.  You simply can't do it all in one go, so start culling.

No matter which kind of European experience you're planning, Zoom can cover your trip with a range of plans.  You can minimise your costs with Medical Only cover, or choose to buy Comprehensive Travel Insurance for extra protection to cover things like travel delays and cancellation. Compare Zoom's Travel Insurance plans online today.

Go on, zoom to Europe and experience it for yourself!

VISAS FOR EUROPE

Australians holding an ordinary passport do not need a visa if travelling for tourist or business purpose stays up to 90 days for the Schengen area, which consists of 26 European countries.  Schengen visas for stays over 90 days are not available.   If you wish to extend your 90 day 'Schengen Visa' you should contact the relevant EU/Schengen embassies of the countries you intend to visit or transit.

While you might not need a visa, you will need to have:

- A passport with at least six months validity on entry
- Proof of sufficient funds in the form of a bank statement or cash
- Return airline tickets/proof of onward travel
- All documents showing proof of purpose of trip
- All documents and visas required for the next destination, if applicable 

Australians can travel to the UK as a tourist for a period of up to six months without a visa. However, UK authorities can refuse visa-free entry to anyone who they assess is trying to enter the UK for a purpose other than tourism.
 

ON ARRIVAL & GETTING AROUND

Europe is brimming with transportation options making it easy to get around, but you can't go past the trains. The continent is criss-crossed with rail tracks meaning you can get almost anywhere via its vast rail network and the best part, the window scenery can be spectacular. You can buy rail passes online but talking to a specialist is often the best way to make sense of the plethora of options, particularly for complicated itineraries.  International Rail is a good resource for your rail options.

With the entrance of budget airlines like Ryanair, you can now also fly internationally on the cheap. A flight from the chilly Nordic regions to the sun-baked Costas of Spain can cost less than $50.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

For holidaymakers with flexible jobs and lifestyle, it's best to visit Europe in the 'shoulder season'. Typically April through mid-June, and September through to October.  When travelling in shoulder, you'll enjoy plenty of daylight hours, decent weather, and fewer crowds compared to when travelling during peak holiday times.

Each season has it's pros and cons which vary depending upon your country destinations. For example, travelling in the 'off season' can be cheaper, but you may experience less day light hours and some extreme weather conditions.  Consider your situation and destination to work out the best timing for your trip.
 

WHERE TO GO

From England and France to Italy and Germany, European countries are full of vibrant cities known for the museums, architecture, food, festivals, nightlife and the countryside...oh the countryside. So, deciding which countries to visit for your holiday can be difficult. With close border proximities and such diversity in nations and landscapes, you can immerse yourself in a new country experience within an hour. How cool is that!?

First time visitors to Europe often head to the France, GermanyItaly, Spain and the UK.  Those that have "been there and done that" are encouraged to explore Croatia, Poland, Portugal, Turkey or head to Scandinavia and the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden). 

Whilst the cities of Europe hog the headlines, it is the countryside and travel experiences that many Aussie travellers fall in love with.  So here is just ten of Europe's top experiences and attractions to consider, but go beyond the tradition and make memoirs of your own.

CLIMB THE EIFFEL TOWER:  More than 7 million people visit Paris's most iconic attraction every year.  The Eiffel Tower is popular and crowded, particularly during peak periods.  So if you don't want to be queuing for several hours, it pays to purchase 'skip-the-line' tickets in advance.

ENJOY THE ENERGETIC NIGHT LIFE:  For music lovers, London is calling.  You can't go past the theatre shows, concert halls, on-stage performances and even the tube stations are packed with entertainment value at night.

INDULGE IN A BAVARIAN BEER:  For centuries, beer has been an important part of the culinary and cultural heritage of Bavaria and Munich. Experience Munich’s world-famous beer and food scene with an endless array of breweries and beer gardens all year round. 

RIDE A GONDOLA DOWN THE CANALS OF VENICE: A trip to Venice isn't complete without a quintessential gondula ride. This age-old practice remains a romantic symbol of this timeless Italian city with master gondoliers still donning their traditional striped shirts today.
 

GAZE AT GAUDI'S MASTERPIECES: If you're intrigued by the unusual, you need to visit the architectural masterpieces of Antoni Gaudí.  A famous figure of world architecture and Catalan culture, Gaudi spent over 40 years designing the Temple of the Sagrada Familia.  La Pedrera is one of Gaudí’s main residential buildings and one of the most imaginative houses in the history of architecture. Other famous works include Casa Batlló (Batlló house) and the Casa Milà (Milá house), and the expansive Güell Park (which today is open to the public).

TIME TRAVEL IN ATHENS: The Acropolis is one time travel experience not to miss. The views atop of this "high city" are amazing and getting up close with Parthenon (temple dedicated to the goddess Athena) is a moment you will never forget.

DRIVE THE AMALFI COAST:  With narrow roads clinging to a twisting shoreline atop of dramatic mountain cliffs, driving the Amalfi Coast is not for the faint hearted. Backdropped against the sunlit emerald-blue sea sparkling below, the Amalfi Coast is arguably Italy’s most scenic stretch of coastline.  Why don't you be the judge?!

SET SAIL OR ISLAND HOP THE MEDITERRANEAN: It is for good reason that Croatia, Italy, Cyprus and the Greek Islands are some of Europes most loved summer holiday destinations. Wake up to warm mediterranean sunshine surrounded with sparkling turquoise waters, authentic cuisine and then end the day with spectacular sunsets. Don't mind if I do!


HAVE SOME FESTIVAL FUN:  Whether its music, sports, folk or art that you're in to, Europe has some of the most magnificent events and festivals in the world.  If you time your trip right, you could set yourself up to wooed by a once in a lifetime experience. There is the fun and laughter that comes from hurling tomatos at each other at La Tomatina in Spain; the chance to sink liquid gold in dirndl for the ladies and lederhosen for the men at the insanely huge Oktoberfest in Munich; dance your way around Lake Zurich at the most colourful technoparades at the Street Parade in Zurich; if music is your dig, the Sziget festival is probably the biggest music and culture festival in Europe; marvel and be mesmorised by the masked magic of the Carnival of Venice; for garden enthusiasts there is the RHS Chelsea Flower Show; San Fermines festival is a week-long festival hosted in Pamplona, Spain which includes running of the bulls; and the Copenhagen Jazz Festival is a must on Denmark’s music calendar... just to name a few.

MUST KNOW TIPS

SLOW IT DOWN: Unless you have years up your sleeve, you're not going to be able to do Europe in one fell swoop.  With such spectular scenery and so many iconic sights to see you're going to want to slow it down to take it all in.  Pick your top five bucket-list things to do and do them well.

BE A TOMMY TOURIST: Don't avoid the clichés. Big ticket places like Acropolis of Athens, Buckingham Palace, Charles Bridge, The Colosseum, the Eiffel Tower and Sagrada Familia are all extremely popular for a reason - they're amazing!

MONEY MONEY MONEY: Pack lots of it.  You can still travel on a budget, but you've travelled a long way so make the most it.  Pack as much spending money and splurge on some once in a lifetime experiences.

LEARN SOME LINGO:  It's wise to learn a few basic words when travelling abroad.  At least enough to show some basic manners with your please and thank yous.  Whilst it's no substitute to learning the language, Google Translate is an easy-to-use language translator which means, there really is no reason to speak with the world.

ZOOMING ELSEWHERE?

Europe is a long, long way away. A whole day in fact. So, you may like to break up the journey with a stopover on route.  If you want cheap flights to Europe you could make use of stopover flights through Bangkok, Thailand with both Qantas and Thai Airways. If you're looking to mix modern edge with traditional markets, Hong Kong and Malaysia could be worth a stop and Singapore makes for a good shopover.

We've got plenty of helpful advice on other popular travel destinations to check out. What are you waiting for? Zoom to it!