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Tsunamis & Travel Insurance

Tsunamis, not something you want to worry about on your holiday. But unfortunately, natural disasters can happen anywhere, to anyone, at any time.

Tsunamis are essentially large waves created by a disruption on the ocean floor. They occur most commonly due to natural disasters like undersea earthquakes and volcanic eruptions with devastating effects. The first point of damage is usually caused by a large tidal waves which leave an aftermath of flooding for weeks to come.

Does Travel Insurance Cover Tsunamis?

The purpose of travel insurance is to cover you should the unthinkable occur, and covering natural disasters is exactly the type of thing that it does.  If you were injured, stuck overseas or could not travel due to a tsunami, generally speaking you’d be covered.

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The following table highlights who does and doesn’t cover natural disasters. Conditions apply. 

Insurer Underwriter Cover for natural disasters Conditions
Certain underwriters at Lloyd's tick If a natural disaster interrupts your pre-paid travel, you're covered for cancellation fees and lost deposits, up to the insured limit.
Chubb Insurance Australia Limited tick Covered for reasonable and necessary additional accommodation and transport expenses that are the result of a natural disaster.
Auto & General Services Pty Ltd tick If your scheduled or connecting transport is cancelled, delayed, shortened or diverted because of natural disaster or weather, you'll be covered for your reasonable additional travel and accommodation expenses.
Certain underwriters at Lloyd's maybe Only covers for natural disasters in Australia that affect your travel.
Great Lakes Australia tick You're covered for additional accommodation and transportation expenses as a result of natural disasters.
Certain underwriters at Lloyd's tick Cover for cancellation fees and lost deposits for pre-paid travel  due to unforeseen natural disasters. Plus travel & accommodation disruption expenses from bad weather or natural disaster.
Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd tick Cover for cancellation fees and lost deposits for pre-paid travel  due to unforeseen natural disasters. Plus travel & accommodation disruption expenses from bad weather or natural disaster.
Certain underwriters at Lloyd's maybe Cover for hurricane, storm or other natural disaster only when it threatens your safety such that official evacuation orders are issued or that your pre-booked accommodation is rendered uninhabitable.
Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company Limited maybe Medical cover due to any natural disaster is automatically covered however for cancellation you must purchase an extra natural disaster cover.
Chubb Insurance Australia Limited maybe Only covers for natural disasters in Australia.
Certain underwriters at Lloyd's tick Cover for cancellation fees and lost deposits for pre-paid travel  due to unforeseen natural disasters. Plus travel & accommodation disruption expenses from bad weather or natural disaster.
Mitsui Somoto Insurance Company Limited maybe Medical cover due to any natural disaster is automatically covered however for cancellation you must purchase an extra natural disaster cover.
Certain underwriters at Lloyd's tick Covered in the event your trip is unavoidably cancelled prior to departure or curtailed before completion because of a natural disaster.
Allianz Australia Limited tick Cover for cancellation fees and lost deposits for pre-paid travel  due to unforeseen natural disasters. Plus travel & accommodation disruption expenses from bad weather or natural disaster.
Certain underwriters at Lloyd's tick Cover if your scheduled or connecting transport is cancelled, delayed, rescheduled or diverted because of a natural disaster.

 
General Advice Warning: The contents of this article were accurate at the time of writing. Insurers change their policies from time to time, so some information may have changed. You should always read the Product Disclosure Statement of your chosen insurer to understand what is covered and what isn't. The information provided is of a general nature only and does not take into account any personal objectives, financial situation or needs. Before making a decision you should consider the appropriateness of the information having regard to your personal circumstances.

What's Covered by tsunami travel insurance? 

If the tsunami was not a known event when you bought your policy you would be covered for:

  • Cancellation (before you’ve left): If you’ve not left yet, benefits will be paid if the tsunami forces you to cancel and claim for out of pocket expenses. Your accommodation provider would have to be no longer a viable option as a result of the tsunami.
     
  • Cancellation (when already abroad): If you are within the tsunami zone you will be covered for travel and accommodation costs involved in moving to new accommodation (if your booked accommodation is deemed uninhabitable). If your flights have been cancelled you would also be covered for any additional flight costs.
     
  • Medical costs: Should you incur any injuries as a result benefits would be paid towards your treatment.
     
  • Emergency medical evacuation and repatriation: In the event that you require emergency evacuation or medical treatment cannot be administered locally you would be evacuated to the nearest medical facility. Repatriation costs would also be covered In the event of your death. 

What isn't Covered?

  • Travel against warnings: If you intentionally put yourself in harm’s way and travel to a country or region against governmental travel advice, you do so at your own peril. You will not be covered for anything that relates to the travel warning. 
     
  • Known events: Once an event is known in the mass media you wouldn’t be eligible to buy cover for any losses incurred, or claim to cancel your trip. 
     
  • Insufficient cover: Remember that Basic (or medical only) policies would cover for any medical claims in regards to tsunami’s, but would not cover travel delays, lost luggage or trip cancellation.
     
  • Claim for any reason: There would be no cover if your existing travel plans were not directly affected by the tsunami or if you just had a change of heart about your trip.

Countries at a higher risk

A tsunami could hit anywhere at any time in this ever-changing world. However, some countries are at more risk than others – and these are the ones in the Pacific Ocean. Chile, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, India and the West Coast of the US to name a few.

The tsunami in Indonesia Sumatra on 26 December 2004 was one of the most horrific to hit in recent years with a devasting effect leaving over 230,000 people dead and billions of dollars’ worth of damage. This was the result of an 9.1 magnitude earthquake causing a 50m tall wave and 1300km long. The effect and damages reaching as far as 5km inland.

What to Do should a tsunami strike?
  • Stay alert: Look for signs such as rise or fall in ocean water. Typically as a tsunami approaches shorelines, water may recede from the coast, exposing the ocean floor, reefs and fish.
  • Evacuate do not wait! It’s important to get as far away from the oncoming waves as soon as possible.
  • Get to highest ground: If possible get to the top floor of the building you are in, or if you are outside look for the tallest thing and try to get to it. Avoid buildings where heavy objects may fall from buildings, or power lines in the aftermath.
  • Listen to government warnings and safety information: At all times keep abreast of news in your local area and keep up to date with warnings from smartraveller.gov.au.

Get Solid Cover

No matter how experienced or conscientious a traveller you are, an unpredictable event can turn your holiday upside-down. Making sure you’ve got travel insurance and understanding any significant exclusions can be the first step in managing a natural disaster.

 

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