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Travel insurance for over 70s

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Travel insurance - Important Coronavirus update

As of 04:00 BST on 4 October, the current traffic light system will change for travel abroad.



The new system will be simplified to just a red list. However there’s still a risk that non-red countries could move to the red list on short-notice.



A PCR test is required on day two of your return from a non-red list country.



If a traveller has not had two vaccinations, a covid-19 test is still required ahead of travel as well as PCR tests on day two and eight of your return. Test to release is also available to reduce the self-isolation period.



Some insurers might not offer covid cover to unvaccinated travellers so check your policy details.



Make sure you check the FCDO advice before travelling and the entry requirements for your destination.

If something doesn’t go to plan with your holiday, your travel insurance covers the costs of:

  • Medical treatment
  • Repatriation
  • Trip cancellation, delays or curtailment
  • Your luggage and personal belongings

You can get over 70s policies that cover a single trip, multiple trips within a year, or an extended stay abroad.

Some policies have an upper age limit, so might not cover you. But there are still plenty of insurers to choose from.

over 70s travel insurance

It's really important to declare pre-existing medical conditions

Be as accurate as possible - especially when it comes to more serious conditions like diabetes, heart conditions and cancer - or you could find you don’t have the cover you need

How much does travel insurance for over 70s cost?

The older you get the more expensive your travel insurance will be.

For example, a 70 year old with no medical conditions could pay around £35 for single-trip travel insurance - the same cover for an 80 year old could cost, on average, 54% more at £54.[2]

Pre-existing medical conditions will push the price of your cover up.

For single-trip travel insurance, over 80s could pay on average:

  • £79 without medical conditions
  • £175 with medical conditions

It's because the cost of healthcare abroad is much more expensive. It's not worth hiding a medical condition to get cheaper insurance, though. If your condition gets worse while you're away, you'll have to cover the costs.

Average travel insurance price by age


Traveller age Average premium price for single-trip travel insurance[2]
Without pre-existing medical conditions With pre-existing medical conditions
51-60 year-olds £26.14 £46.47
61-70 year-olds £35.35 £67.78
71-80 year-olds £53.55 £111.20
over 80 years old £78.66 £175.06

Although you can compare travel insurance that covers a range of pre-existing conditions through us, it can prove quite difficult to find cover for very serious health issues. The Money Advice Service has a directory of providers that might be able to offer cover if you struggle to find cover with mainstream insurers.

When should you buy travel insurance for over 70s?

The sooner the better, so if you need to cancel your trip your travel insurance can cover the costs.

Reasons for cancellation usually covered by travel insurance include:

  1. Illness or injury to you, a close family member or travelling companion

  2. Redundancy

  3. Bereavement

  4. Natural disasters

  5. Damage to your home or if a burglary has occurred

  6. Jury duty, a court appearance or military redeployment

Recommended medical cover

Consumer group Which? suggests you look out for policies with medical cover of at least £2m for European trips and £5m for worldwide holidays

Where can you go with over 70s travel insurance?

Pretty much anywhere you want - but which travel insurance cover is best for your trip depends on your destination

Europe

A few non-EU destinations might be covered by European travel insurance too, like Egypt, Morocco, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey.

European travel insurance is usually cheaper than worldwide cover, so it’s worth checking to see if your destination is covered under one of these policies first.

Worldwide

Worldwide travel insurance covers you almost anywhere in the world.

There are two categories of worldwide cover – including OR excluding the USA, Canada and the Caribbean.

If you’re not travelling to those places, look for policies that exclude the USA, Canada and the Caribbean as they’ll be cheaper.

Even with a worldwide policy, you won’t be covered for travel to destinations the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has advised against.

UK

If you’re planning a trip closer to home, cover for holidays in the UK is commonly included in most travel insurance policies.

It covers the costs of lost or stolen luggage and trip cancellation, curtailment and delays, but you’ll need to check the policy exclusions to see whether internal flights are covered.

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[2]Average price purchased data recorded by theidol.com for single-trip travel insurance for those with/without medical conditions, split by age group, between 1 January and 31 December 2020.

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