Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak - excluding Mainland China

Posted Date: 31 January 2020
Novel coronavirus outbreak - Worldwide (except Mainland China)

Issued Date: 12 March 2020

In the early hours of the morning, on Thursday 12 March 2020 (NZDT), the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, declared coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to be a pandemic. 

Am I covered?

If you purchased your policy prior to Friday 31 January 2020 at 2.00pm (NZDT) for travel to and/or from any country, including transit, (except mainland China), there is no cover under the:

  • TravelCare Policy - Section D2 and Section D3
  • Working Overseas Policy - Section 2
  • International Student Policy - Section 2
  • Visiting New Zealand - Section 2

for any events relating to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) because this has now been notified by WHO as a pandemic.  

We will consider claims under these sections if you had already cancelled or changed your journey prior to Thursday 12 March 2020 at 8.00am (NZDT).

If you purchased your policy after Friday 31 January 2020 at 2.00pm (NZDT) for travel to and/or from any country (except mainland China), there is no cover* for any event relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19) because this is no longer an unexpected event.

* Except for: TravelCare Policy - Section D1.6, Working Overseas Policy - Section 1.5 and International Student Policy - Section 1.8.

Terms and conditions apply under your travel insurance policy. Please refer to your policy wording or contact us at info@scti.co.nz for further information.

Tips on staying safe

  • Follow the advice of the local authorities at all times, including any evacuation orders.
  • Follow advice from the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Closely monitor media and news channels to stay up-to-date with any developments.
  • Update your registration and check information on the Safe Travel website.
  • If you need consular assistance, please contact the New Zealand Embassy.
  • Keep in touch with family and friends in New Zealand with updates about your safety and whereabouts.

 


 

Novel coronavirus outbreak - Worldwide (except Mainland China)

Issued Date: 06 March 2020

As the spread and risk of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) evolves, the World Health Organization (WHO), the New Zealand Government and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to provide regular updates outlining countries that have reached epidemic status. As this is an evolving situation, we advise customers to check this page on a regular basis for the latest guide to countries experiencing an epidemic.

Am I covered?

If you purchased your TravelCare policy before Friday 31 January 2020 at 2.00pm (NZDT), for travel to and/or from a country listed below (including transit), there is no cover under section:

  • D2: Cancelling or changing your journey before you leave
  • D3: Changes to your journey once you have left

for any event(s) relating to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) after the country’s epidemic cut-off date.

We will consider claims under this section if you had already cancelled or changed your journey prior to the epidemic cut-off date.

Countries with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic and cut-off date:

  • Italy - Friday 6 March 2020 at 4.00pm (NZDT)
  • Japan - Friday 6 March 2020 at 4.00pm (NZDT)
  • South Korea - Friday 6 March 2020 at 4.00pm (NZDT)
  • Iran - Saturday 7 March 2020 at 2.00pm (NZDT)

 Please see previous travel alerts below if you purchased a policy after Friday 31 January 2020 at 2.00pm (NZDT).

Terms and conditions apply under your travel insurance policy. Please refer to your policy wording or contact us at info@scti.co.nz for further information.

Tips on staying safe

  • Follow the advice of the local authorities at all times, including any evacuation orders.
  • Follow advice from the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Closely monitor media and news channels to stay up-to-date with any developments.
  • Update your registration and check information on the Safe Travel website.
  • If you need consular assistance, please contact the New Zealand Embassy.
  • Keep in touch with family and friends in New Zealand with updates about your safety and whereabouts.

 


 

Novel coronavirus outbreak - Update (following WHO classification as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 31 January 2020)

Issued: 31 January 2020

On Friday 31 January 2020, the World Health Organization announced that the Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak had met their required medical threshold to classify the outbreak as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

Am I covered?

If you purchased your policy after Friday 31st January 2020 at 2.00pm (NZDT), there is no cover* for any event relating to the Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) because this is no longer an unexpected event.

* Except for: TravelCare Policy - Section D1.6, Working Overseas Policy - Section 1.5 and International Student Policy - Section 1.8.

Terms and conditions apply under your travel insurance policy. Please refer to your policy wording or contact us at info@scti.co.nz for further information.

Tips on staying safe

  • Follow the advice of the local authorities at all times, including any evacuation orders.
  • Follow advice from the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Closely monitor media and news channels to stay up-to-date with any developments.
  • Update your registration and check information on the Safe Travel website.
  • If you need consular assistance, please contact the New Zealand Embassy.
  • Keep in touch with family and friends in New Zealand with updates about your safety and whereabouts.

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