Italy earthquakes/avalanche – 19 Jan 2017

Posted Date: 20 January 2017
Italy Earthquakes January 2017

We're terribly sorry to hear about the earthquakes and avalanche in Italy, our thoughts are with those who have been affected by this event.

Read below for information on how this affects cover under the TravelCare policy wording.

If you purchased your policy prior to Thursday 19th January 2017 2.30am AEDT, and your pre-paid travel plans have been affected by the Italian earthquakes and avalanche:

There is cover under your policy if you have to cancel or alter your pre-paid travel plans. We will reimburse you the lower of either:

(a) the total value of your actual and reasonable additional alteration costs; or

(b) the total value of your unused, prepaid costs.

Please contact your service provider in the first instance. Airlines, accommodation providers and tour companies may provide refunds, credit notes or alter your bookings without charging additional fees.

If you submit a claim with us, please send the following:

  • Original receipts for any additional expenses you may incur.
  • Documents (such as itineraries) that show us the cost of your original and your altered travel plans.
  • Documentation from your service provider stating their policy regarding compensation/refunds relating to the Italian earthquakes and avalanche.

The relevant policy excess will apply to all claims.

If you are currently overseas and your return to your home town or city in Australia is affected by the Italian earthquakes and avalanche, your policy will automatically extend until you are able to return on the next available flight. You do not need to contact us to organise this extension.

Please refer to ‘Section 2 - Changes to Your Journey’ in your PDS, including Policy Wording for further information.

If you purchased your policy prior to Thursday 19th January 2017 2.30am AEDT, and your pre-paid travel plans have not been affected by the Italian earthquakes and avalanche:

If your plans have not been affected by the Italian earthquakes and avalanche, there is no provision to make a claim to cancel or alter your trip due to the Italian earthquakes and avalanche.

If you purchased your policy on or after Thursday 19th January 2017 2.30am AEDT:

As this situation is not considered to be unexpected from this date and time, there is no cover under your policy for any expenses you may incur as a result of the Italian earthquakes and avalanche. You will still be covered for other unexpected events according to the terms and conditions of your policy.

Emergency Assistance

If you have an emergency, please contact our Worldwide Emergency Assistance Team as soon as possible on +61 2 8216 0200.

Further questions

Please contact us at info@scti.com.au. This advice should be read in conjunction with your PDS, including Policy Wording.

Smartraveller.gov.au

Don’t forget to check www.smartraveller.gov.au for any government travel advice.

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TravelCare is issued by Southern Cross Benefits Limited ABN 99 133 401 939, AFS License 331058 trading as Southern Cross Travel Insurance ®. We are a signatory to the General Insurance Code of Practice and the Financial Ombudsmen Service (FOS) Australia.

As an Australian financial services licensee (AFSL), SCTI is authorised to deal in, and provide, general advice on travel insurance products. As we are unaware of your specific needs, financial objectives, and circumstances, we highly recommend you take time to read the Combined FSG and PDS before buying this product, to ensure that our travel insurance product is right for you.

Our Combined FSG and PDS (including but not limited to the benefits, terms, conditions and exclusions) and premiums quoted are subject to change.

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