Hurricanes Katia and Jose

Posted Date: 07 September 2017
Hurricanes Katia and Jose September 2017

Issued: 07/09/2017

Emergency Assistance

If you have an emergency, please contact our Emergency Assistance Team as soon as possible on +64 9 359 1600.

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Don’t forget to check www.safetravel.govt.nz for any government travel advice.

If you purchased your policy prior to Thursday 7th September 2017 3pm NZST, and your pre-paid travel plans have been affected by the hurricanes Katia and/or Jose:

There is cover under your policy if you have to cancel or alter your pre-paid travel plans. We will reimburse you the lower of either:

(a) the total value of your actual and reasonable additional alteration costs; or
(b) the total value of your unused, prepaid costs.

Please contact your service provider in the first instance. Airlines, accommodation providers and tour companies may provide refunds, credit notes or alter your bookings without charging additional fees.

If you submit a claim with us, please send the following:

  • Original receipts for any additional expenses you may incur.
  • Documents (such as itineraries) that show us the cost of your original and your altered travel plans.
  • Documentation from your service provider stating their policy regarding compensation/refunds relating to this event.

The relevant policy excess will apply to all claims.

If you are currently overseas and your return to New Zealand is affected by the hurricanes Katia and/or Jose, your policy will automatically extend until you are able to return on the next available flight. You do not need to contact us to organise this extension.

Please refer to ‘Section 2 - Changes to Your Journey’ in your PDS, including Policy Wording for further information.

If you purchased your policy prior to Thursday 7th September 2017 3pm NZST, and your pre-paid travel plans have not been affected by the hurricanes Katia and/or Jose:

If your plans have not been affected by the hurricanes Katia and/or Jose, there is no provision to make a claim to cancel or alter your trip due to the hurricanes.

If you purchased your policy on or after Thursday 7th September 2017 3pm NZST:

As this situation occurred outside your period of insurance, there is no cover under your policy for any alteration or unused prepaid costs you may incur as a result of the hurricanes prior to departing New Zealand. You will still be covered for other unexpected events according to the terms and conditions of your policy.

Further questions

Please contact us at info@scti.co.nz. This advice should be read in conjunction with your PDS, including Policy Wording.

 

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