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Travelling to Australia?

If you’re travelling to Australia, make sure you’ve got the right travel insurance. Things you need to take into account are:

Our Coronavirus Travel Insurance is rated Superior by a leading UK Consumer Champion. All of our policies will cover you if you catch Coronavirus.

We can cover your kids for free!

If you’re going away with your children, we can cover them on your policy at no extra charge, whether you buy an annual policy or single trip cover.

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We cover over 50 activities!

All of our travel insurance policies come with cover for over 50 activities and sports as standard, so you can get up to more on your trip.

What’s covered with travel insurance to Australia?

As standard, our policies cover over 50 sports and activities, so you can get up to more on your holiday. We also offer a range of benefits, some of which include:

  • Medical expenses and hospital benefit
  • Personal accident and liability
  • Cancelling and cutting short your holiday
  • Abandoning your trip
  • Delayed departure
  • Accommodation cover
  • Personal belongings and baggage
  • Personal money, passport and travel documents
  • Legal expenses

Wondering what to expect from your trip to Australia? We’ve put together some facts and listed some other important information that you might want to know before you go.

CurrencyAustralian dollar
Most common languages spokenEnglish (with Aussie slang)
PopulationApprox. 24 million
Plug typePlug type I
Driving sideLeft-hand side

Spring – September to November

Summer – December to February

Autumn – March to May

Winter – June to August

LawsLocal laws and customs

Do I need a visa to visit Australia?

British citizens travelling to Australia will need to apply for a visa. You can either get an eVisitor visa from the Department of Immigration & Border Protection, or an Electronic Travel Authority visa (ETA), which you can get through your travel agent or airline. There are no fees for either visa applications, but a service charge will apply if you choose to get an ETA visa.

Healthcare in Australia

Because Australia has a reciprocal healthcare agreement with the UK, some of your medical costs may be covered while you’re on holiday. But it’s still important to have travel insurance to cover any other potential costs, including the costs of flying you home if you’re unwell.

Find more information about the Medicare system in Australia here.


Can you help if I need medical treatment while in Australia?

Yes – all our policies come with access to our 24-hour emergency assistance team, so there will always be someone here to help you if you become ill or are injured while abroad.

If you need emergency medical assistance just give our team a call any time, day or night.

Did you know that…?

  • Four out of five Australians live within 50km of the beach. For a nation of surf lovers it’s funny to think that daytime swimming was banned in Australia between 1838 and 1902 to prevent “indecency”. Maybe a night-time skinny-dip was allowed?
  • The Aussies do love “the amber nectar”, and in 1954 Bob Hawke set a record of 11 seconds for necking 2.5 pints of beer. He later became prime minister.
  • Australia is home to 8 of 10 of the deadliest land snakes, the most venomous sea creatures, and a host of highly poisonous spiders, fish, centipedes, insects and scorpions. Even the cute platypus has a poisonous spur on its foot.
  • In Australia, the wily old kangaroo runs into water when being attacked by predators. It then tries to hold its attacker underwater to drown it. A case of being downed under down under.
  • Who are the world’s biggest gamblers? It’s the Australians, who blow almost US$1,300 per adult every year, more than three times as much as Americans or Britons.
  • Three separate experiments have found that boomerangs do work on spaceships. The zero-gravity environment doesn’t affect the curving flight path, but air molecules are needed for it to turn.
  • Anna Creek, Australia, is the biggest cattle ranch in the world. At 23,677sq km it’s the same size as Wales, Luxembourg and Malta combined. Using light aircraft and trail bikes it currently employs just 17 people to keep it running.

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