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Guide to Travel Insurance in Singapore

Find and compare the best travel insurance with coverage for COVID-19, medical expenses, lost or stolen luggage, cancellation costs & more.

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Name Product Medical Cover Cancellation Cover Baggage Delay With COVID-19 Coverage? Offer
FWD Premium Travel Insurance
Up to $200,000
Up to $18,750
Get 28% discount for both single and annual travel insurance plans using promo code FINTRIP. T&Cs apply. Ends 31 Jan 2023.
Starr TraveLead Travel Insurance - Single Trip
Up to $1,000,000
Up to $15,000
Up to $1,200
Includes coverage of up to $65,000 for Overseas COVID-19 related medical expenses and up to $500 for COVID-19 Trip related cancellation/curtailment.
Enjoy 35% off for all destinations (Code: FINDER35).
Tiq Travel Insurance
Up to $1,000,000
Up to $10,000
Up to $200
Enjoy benefits such as coverage for trip cancellations or postponements, emergency evacuation while onboard and post-trip medical expenses.
Optional COVID-19 coverage.
DirectAsia Single Trip Plan
Up to $1,250,000
Up to $37,500
Up to $2,500
Get 40% discount when you purchase either Single or Annual Travel Insurance plan. T&Cs apply.
MSIG TravelEasy Standard
Up to $800,000
Up to $12,500
Up to $1,200
Get 45% off single-trip plans and 25% off annual trip plans. COVID coverage included. T&Cs apply. Offer valid until 5 Feb 2023.
Lunar New Year Promo: Get $5 voucher when you spend at least $60 using promo code 'RABBIT'.
Allianz Single Trip Travel Insurance
Up to $1,000,000
Up to $15,000
Up to $1,400
23% off on all travel insurance policy purchases till 31 Jan 2023 using promo code: TRAVEL23. Enjoy comprehensive cruise coverage with Allianz Travel Platinum plans. Includes COVID-19 cover. Opt for annual plans to get unlimited coverage in a year.
Income Standard Plan Travel Insurance
Up to $3,000,000
Up to $45,000
Up to $4,000
A travel insurance plan with a standard array of benefits, ranging from medical and personal accident to trip inconvenience benefits such as trip cancellation, flight delays and baggage loss.
Budget Direct Insurance Basic Cover
Up to $50,000
Up to $400
FWD First Travel Insurance
Up to $1,000,000
Up to $37,500
Up to $900
Get 28% discount for both single and annual travel insurance plans using promo code FINTRIP. T&Cs apply. Ends 31 Jan 2023.
Starr TraveLead Travel Insurance - Annual
Up to $1,000,000
Up to $15,000
Up to $1,200
Includes coverage of up to $65,000 for Overseas COVID-19 related medical expenses and up to $500 for COVID-19 Trip related cancellation/curtailment.
Enjoy 35% off for all destinations (Code: FINDER35).

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There are more and more reasons to get yourself adequately covered if you’re heading overseas. Learn more on how to compare and buy travel insurance in Singapore and the policies offering COVID-19 benefits and plans that can provide financial protection if any mishaps or interruptions were to happen on your trip. Many of the best travel insurance plans offer cover for a range of eventualities, such as losing your possessions, your flights and accommodation being cancelled, or if you become ill or injured while you’re abroad.

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When should I get travel insurance?

Travel insurance acts as a safety net. It protects you from a range of travel risks that can happen both at home and abroad. Buy your policy as soon as you’ve booked any part of your trip. By doing so, you’ll be able to take advantage of cancellation cover in the policy should anything go wrong.

What are the different types of cover?

Travel insurance policies vary a lot, but broadly speaking there are two main types of cover: single trip and annual (often called multi-trip) insurance.

  • Single trip insurance. This policy type covers you for one continuous journey only, but it can include multiple destinations. Coverage ends once you return home.
  • Annual insurance. Annual policies provide you with protection for multiple trips throughout a 12-month period.

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Single trip vs annual travel insurance – which is right for you?

How to compare travel insurance plans

Most multi-trip and single policies cover you for a period between 90 and 180 days. So, check the details if you’re planning a longer break away. If you’re going away for longer than this, or are visiting multiple countries, you may need a long-stay or multi-destination policy.

What you’re doing also affects the level of cover that you need. If you’re going for work purposes, you’ll need a business travel policy. If you’re taking part in any high-risk activity, like sky diving or rock climbing, then you’ll probably need to seek out additional cover.

Family and group policies are also available to insure individuals who are travelling together as a group on the same journey. Check with your insurer for their available plans.

Key features to consider

When comparing policies, be sure to review these important features and find one that’s best suited to your needs:

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What’s generally covered?

The following list shows cover types that are typically offered by a comprehensive travel insurance policy. When comparing policies it’s really important that you are aware of exactly what a policy will cover you for, and what it won’t.

  • Cancellation. If you’re forced to cancel your trip, trip cancellation reimburses your lost, prepaid, non-refundable expenses. Most insurers have a list of approved reasons for cancellations.
  • Trip interruption. If you find yourself in a valid situation where you need to cut your trip short, you’ll be reimbursed for the unused, non-refundable part of your trip and the additional transportation expenses.
  • Theft of belongings. Check your single item limit on your policy – this is the most you can claim for any one of your possessions if it’s stolen.
  • Travel delays. This provides reimbursement for additional accommodation and travel expenses because of a delay of six hours or more.
  • Missed connections. If you miss a scheduled cruise or flight, this benefit will reimburse any resulting expenses.
  • Baggage. Provides a benefit for lost, damaged or stolen luggage and other personal effects. Delays for 24 hours or more can also be reimbursed.
  • Medical assistance. Cover for necessary emergency medical expenses if you fall ill or have an accident during your trip.
  • Dental. Depending on your policy, this will cover emergency dental work.
  • Pre-existing conditions. Some insurers will offer medical coverage if you have a pre-existing condition, as long as you haven’t shown symptoms.
  • Evacuation. If you’re in need of emergency medical transportation due to an illness or injury, you’re covered for transportation to the nearest hospital or appropriate facility.
  • Accidental Death. Accidental death coverage provides a benefit for your named beneficiary if you suffer an injury or accidental death during a trip.
  • 24 hour assistance. Make sure your policy offers 24 hour worldwide assistance. This way, no matter what the situation there’ll always be someone there to lend a helping hand.

COVID-19 benefits

While not all insurers offer COVID-19 benefits, most of them now extend coverage (in varying extent) for inconveniences caused by the pandemic, such as:

  • Trip cancellation/postponement
  • Medical expenses
  • Overseas hospitalisation cash benefit
  • Overseas quarantine allowance

However, do note that claims will only be valid if you’ve taken the necessary precautions against COVID-19 (e.g. wearing a mask) and adhere to any travel advisory/regulations put forth by both the Singapore Government and the local authority at your trip destination.

If you’re looking for cover that isn’t included in a policy, you can ask a provider if they’ll offer it as an add-on. If they won’t, you’ll need to shop around for specialist policy to get the cover you need.

How much does travel insurance cost?

There are several factors that affect the cost of your travel insurance, including:

  • The level of cover. This is a major factor in the cost of your policy. For example, if you’re travelling light, opt for a policy with a lower luggage limit, or if you’re older and have health issues, you may need a policy with higher medical benefits.
  • Your age. Age is the other major factor when it comes to the cost of travel insurance. The older you are, the more risk you pose to an insurer, which could mean you face a higher premium.
  • Where you’re going. Your destination will impact the cost of your cover depending on its perceived risk to the insurer.
  • The length of travel. The longer you’re away, the more risk you pose to an insurer.
  • Number of travellers. The number of travellers increases the cost of your premium. Some insurers offer discounts for insuring multiple travellers on one policy. Always check with your insurer before buying a policy.
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When will travel insurance not pay out?

Even the most expensive and comprehensive travel insurance policy will come with exclusions, which are conditions where the policy will not pay out.

Your travel insurance policy will typically not cover your claim in the event of:

  • Unattended belongings: You need to take reasonable care to prevent or reduce any loss you may suffer, including keeping an eye on your belongings at all times.
  • Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, except those prescribed by your medical practitioner.
  • Risky pursuits: Standard policies will typically not pay out for injuries or loss resulting from your involvement in an adventure activity like bungee jumping or parasailing, or even more regular sports like rugby.
  • Failure to obey local laws: You are required to comply with all local laws for the duration of your stay.
  • Undeclared pre-existing conditions: You should inform your insurer of pre-existing conditions where applicable, because that’s how you get them covered. You are generally not covered for pre-existing conditions otherwise.

Make sure you read and understand the total list of exclusions that an insurer has before signing up for a policy with them.

Tips when buying travel insurance

  • Get your coverage early. Take out coverage as soon as you’ve paid for any part of your trip. Certain coverage requires that you’ve held the policy for a minimum amount of time, generally between seven to 14 days. This affects coverages such as CFAR and financial default.
  • Don’t skimp on overseas medical cover. Many countries across the world have very expensive private healthcare costs. So, make sure your policy offers a high level of medical coverage.
  • Get coverage for your pre-existing conditions. If you have a pre-existing condition, check with your insurer about getting a waiver.
  • Get cover for only what you need. If you’re backpacking, choose a policy with minimum coverage for luggage. Don’t over-insure your trip.
  • Check cruise coverage. While cruise coverage can be expensive, it’s worth it. Evacuation at sea can be eye-wateringly expensive.
  • Read your policy documents. Every policy is different. Even if you’ve bought travel insurance before, chances are there will be slight variations in coverage. Again, it’s worth taking the time to make sure you read through the policy document in full.
  • Ensure you are covered for extreme sports. When it comes to skydiving, bungee jumping or white-water rafting, you’ll need to check to see whether your choice of travel insurance offers options to cover these activities. If not, you might have to take up personal accident insurance.

Frequently asked questions

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