WITH the issue of delayed and cancelled flights plaguing many Australia travellers’ plans over the last couple of months, it has many wondering what extra precautions they can take to ensure their journey is a smooth one.
For Intrepid’s local MD Sarah Clark, taking out comprehensive travel insurance is a must for Aussies travelling overseas or interstate.
“We strongly recommend all travellers have a policy that also covers COVID-19, personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage or personal effects,” Clark said.
“While Australians travelling within Australia are not required to be covered for hospital care due to being covered by Medicare, a comprehensive domestic travel insurance policy should cover you for expenses resulting from – among other things – COVID-19-related changes including an outbreak in your destination or on your departure necessitating changes to your travel plans that incur additional costs.”
Other measures Aussies should take minimise travel disruption according to Clark include monitoring flights before departure and ensuring travellers arrive early to the airport.
“With extra checks in place and different ones for each country around vaccination certificates or entry forms, the check in process for International is taking between 4-8 mins per person longer than before,” Clark said.
“I also recommend downloading the carriers app as this always seems to give real time updates before the airport screens.”