Travel insurance for travellers on a working holiday
Travelling internationally means leaving behind Australian Medicare benefits, so it's essential to take out working holiday travel insurance before you head off overseas.
Whether you're headed to Canada on the IEC program to work the snow season, teaching English in Southeast Asia, volunteering in Africa, or working at a summer camp in the United States, a working holiday is a fantastic way of sustaining your travels or topping up your bank account for your next overseas adventure.
Fast Cover’s working holiday travel insurance provides cover from one day up to one year initially, with the option of extending your policy up to two years if you're having too much fun overseas or want to keep working and travelling!
Who should get working holiday travel insurance?
If you're a digital nomad or business traveller, working internationally is probably a regular part of your job. Otherwise, perhaps you just want to experience living and working in a different country, or add impressive skills to your resume by getting a job, internship, or volunteering overseas.
Travellers of any age who plan to go overseas for a week, month, or up to two years can get working holiday travel insurance with Fast Cover.
Regardless of the type of work you’ll be doing, you can be covered. This includes office work, teaching, nursing, trades, hospitality, retail, conservation, farm work and also volunteering.
You’ll be covered for both the times that you’re working as well as your days off and any travel in between!
Fast Cover's working holiday travel insurance is ideal if you're:
- Working the snow season at a ski resort on the International Experience Canada program
- Working as a camp counselor or guide at an American summer camp
- Taking advantage of the Youth Mobility Scheme in the United Kingdom for up to two years
- A backpacker who plans to pick up odd jobs here and there while travelling
- Working remotely on your own business while travelling
- A student taking an internship or overseas work placement opportunity
- Going on a business trip or attending a conference overseas
- Taking advantage of an ancestry visa
- A dual passport holder visiting another country
- Volunteering overseas
No matter where you're headed or what kind of work you're doing, we've made buying travel insurance for your working holiday as fast and simple as possible.
Why do I need working holiday travel insurance?
There are a few steps involved in finding the travel insurance you need for your working holiday.
We've put together a list you can follow to understand how travel insurance will assist you on your trip:
1) Read the Consular Services Charter before you leave
The Consular Services Charter explains the way in which the Australian Government can assist you while you’re overseas, as well as the areas where their assistance is limited.
They recommend you travel with comprehensive travel insurance including emergency medical and hospital cover, as medical costs overseas can be extremely high.
2) Check whether you’re covered by your employer
If you’ve already organised employment overseas, check if your employer provides insurance and what this insurance covers. You may still require your own insurance for medical expenses, theft and damage to belongings and cancellations to travel plans.
You may also find that your employer's insurance only covers you while you're on the clock. They may not cover you if you get injured or something happens during your days off.
3) Know what activities you might do overseas
There are so many activities you can do overseas, but some of these may not automatically be covered by travel insurance.
For example, if you’re injured in a motorcycle accident or fall and break a bone while horse riding, you must have these activities covered by your insurance to be able to make a claim. If they’re not covered, you’ll have to personally foot the bill for any medical costs which can be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
To make it fast and simple for you, Fast Cover automatically covers a huge list of activities including bungee jumping, snorkelling, hiking and horse riding.
If you want to do more adventurous activities like quad biking, trekking above 3,000 metres or walking the Kokoda Trail, our Adventure Pack add-on will make sure that you don’t miss out.
What are the benefits of working holiday travel insurance?
Every working traveller has different priorities, but some of the main benefits you might want to look for in a travel insurance policy for your working holiday include:
- 24 Hour Emergency Medical Assistance
- Overseas Emergency Medical and Hospital Expenses
- Emergency Evacuation and Repatriation Expenses
- Cover for Luggage and Personal Belongings
- Cover for 43 Pre-Existing Medical Conditions
Remember that it's important to compare the different benefits and exclusions when shopping around for a travel insurance policy for your working holiday, not just the price.
Fast Cover offers several different levels of cover for you to choose from so you can cover all the things that are most important to you without blowing your travel budget:
- Standard Saver
- Snow Sports Plus
See the benefits tables below for more details about what each policy offers:
Travelling together on a working holiday?
If you’re travelling with a partner, spouse, friend or relative, you can save by getting a working holiday travel insurance policy together.
Travellers on a Duo policy get a 5% discount and 50% off your excess reduction.
Optional extras for travel insurance
Rental Vehicle Excess Insurance
If you’re planning on hiring a car or campervan so you’re more mobile while you’re overseas, you can choose Rental Vehicle Excess Insurance of $5,000 or $8,000.
This provides cover for the excess the rental company would charge you in the event of an accident or damage to the vehicle, up to the specified amount.
If you're hiring a car within Australia we've already included Rental Vehicle Excess up to $5,000.
We automatically cover a huge list of sports and activities like horse riding, snorkelling, safari and motorcycle riding. But if you plan on more adventurous activities such as abseiling, quad biking, skydiving, or trekking above 3,000 metres, make sure you add on our Adventure Pack so you’ll be ready for action!
Increased cover for High Value Items:
If you’re going to be working overseas for a long period of time, you're probably taking more valuable items than the average backpacker or holidaymaker. These may include things like laptop computers, tablets, GoPro cameras or video recording equipment.
Our policies provide generous limits on the things that you take on your travels.
If you've got a valuable item and want to make sure you have extra cover for it, you can specify it as a High Value Item on your insurance certificate by paying an additional amount when you purchase the policy.
Specifying High Value Items on your travel insurance policy also 'locks in' their current value, so there's no depreciation applied if you need to make a claim for a lost, stolen or damaged item.
Optional cover for skiing, snowboarding and snow sports:
If you’re going to be skiing, snowboarding, or working at a ski resort, choose our Snow Sports Plus policy.
It has all the top benefits of our Comprehensive policy, as well as cover for emergency medical evacuation and hospital expenses if you're injured on the slopes, plus cover for your snow gear and equipment and reimbursement for piste closure due to bad weather.
There's also cover for prepaid lift passes or the unused portion of your ski package if you get sick or injured and can't continue skiing.
Why choose Fast Cover travel insurance for your next working holiday?
Fast Cover’s working holiday travel insurance is designed to cover you in many of the different situations and emergencies you might experience while working overseas.
You can travel with confidence knowing that you’re covered for the whole time you’re away and if an emergency does occur, you have access to prompt and professional help from our 24 hour Emergency Assistance team.
They’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, anywhere in the world.
Compare our working holiday travel insurance and you’ll find that we provide a competitive price for great cover.
It’s affordable travel insurance made fast and simple!
|Hannah's Hospital Shock
Hannah, an 18-year-old snowboarder from Coffs Harbour, was on a two-year working holiday in Canada when she was admitted to hospital with severe abdominal pain. Tests found she had an inflammatory bowel disease which required immediate treatment. The Fast Cover emergency assistance team liaised with hospital staff to manage Hannah's medical care and acted as a guarantor for the costs of her treatment. Hannah's travel insurance policy, which also provided cover for skiing and snowboarding, set her back just over $1,000 but covered $48,000 AUD worth of medical treatment and her recovery in hospital.
|Penny's Policy Pays Off Twice!
Penny and her boyfriend took out a Duo policy with snow sports cover for a working holiday in Canada. However, just a few weeks into their trip, Penny woke up with severe pain in her jaw. A dentist confirmed that she required surgery to extract a wisdom tooth at a cost of around $500 USD. Penny contacted the emergency assistance team and followed their advice, sending off her receipts and documentation for the dental surgery which was fully reimbursed. Unfortunately that was not the end of their troubles overseas, as Penny's boyfriend's mother also unexpectedly passed away. Fast Cover covered their flights to Australia for the funeral, as well as return flights to Canada at around $2,200 AUD each.
~Traveller details have been changed to protect their privacy. Claims examples are from Fast Cover travel insurance customers from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2016.
|Hassle free insurance
Had a damaged suitcase which was only a few months old. Fast payment following lodgement of the claim. Would have no hesitation in recommending them.
Kim – Productreview.com.au
The policy was great value and really easy to set up, no hassles. Claiming for medical expenses after an altercation with a bus was dealt with quickly and easily, being able to submit online.
Chris – Productreview.com.au
|Fast Cover great value and price
Have used Fast Cover many times and always have found them easy and efficient with no hassles. Great communication. Great value on cover, easy to understand and to apply and pay.
Brenda – Productreview.com.au
↟Based on 365 day Basics policy to New Zealand region for a single traveller 50 years old or younger with $200 excess.