Singaporeans are amongst the most-traveled in the world with close to 9.5 million overseas trips reported. 1 out of 3 Singaporeans traveler, however, is putting themselves at risk by traveling without travel insurance for short trips or to nearby countries.
Before we go on a nagging spree on insurance being an important protection from some form of financial loss, here’s a funny questionnaire for you.
Did they manage to claim their travel insurance successfully?
A bride's dream Caribbean wedding was ruined. Her dress caught fire on the barbecue. The groom picked her up and threw her into the ocean to save her.
A young tourist got distracted by a group of girls in bikini, walked into a bus stop in Athens. He broke his nose because of it.
Two children buried their parents' camera in the sand at the beach, hoping that no one steals it while they head to swim. They forgot where they buried it after that.
Tourist in Sri Lanka needed hospital treatment after a coconut fell on her head while she was reading a book under it.
An elderly tourist has his dentures fell out of his mouth while vomiting over the side of a cruise ship.
The above are just some of the more ridiculous claims that actually happened and managed to avoid the possible financial losses due to travel insurance.
On average, our lives should be a lot less drama than some of the stated above, but it should not undermine the importance of travel insurance.
Most Common Travel Insurance Claims
From possible injuries to trip cancellation and cash loss, it is important to get coverage before we move on to enjoy our holiday with a peace of mind.
The most common travel insurance claims are:
|Types of travel insurance claim||% of total claims|
|Loss or damage of baggage||28%|
|Flight and travel delays||17%|
Medical expenses account for the majority of the claims despite theft and loss of luggage being the top of travel concerns.
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Comparing Travel Insurance in Singapore
While they are a whole lot of insurers providing travel insurance as their products, we try to set them apart from each other by breaking it down to their most basic features.
These are the most common terms you will come across when looking for the best travel insurance that suits you:
Personal Accident Payment:
- Covers accidental death
- An accident resulting in permanent disability
- Personal accident payment is paid out if any of the above occurs while traveling, subject to terms and conditions of the policy.
- Expenses incurred during one’s trip
- This is used to offset the cost incurred when you receive treatment from a hospital or legal physician upon sustaining injury or sickness within 90 days of your trip.
- It can include costs such as ambulance service or necessary dental treatment from the accident.
- If something goes wrong, and you have to cancel your trip even before you head for it, the trip cancellation cover for travel insurance allows you to claim a certain sum of money back.
Loss of baggage, money and personal items:
- the loss of your belongings
- damage to your belongings during the trip
- theft of your belongings
Editor’s note: Each travel insurance policy comes with terms and conditions. Make sure to read the reviews and fine prints before making your purchase!
Here’s an overview of how some of the travel insurance compare against each other.
|Products||Personal Accident Payment||Medical Expenses|
per item, pair, or set of items)
|FWD Premium||$200,000||$200,000||$7,500||Up to $300|
|Etiqa eProtect||$200,000||$200,000||$5,000||Up to $250|
|NTUC Travel Classic||$150,000||$250,000||$5,000||Up to $500|
|Liberty Tour Care Plus Standard||$150,000||$250,000||$5,000||Up to $500|
|Hong Leong Travel Basic||$200,000||$150,000||$5,000||Up to $500|
|AVIVA Travel Lite||$50,000||$250,000||$5,000||Up to $700|
|MSIG TravelEasy||$150,000||$250,000||$5,000||Up to $500|
|Sompo Travel Joy Vital||$150,000||$150,000||$5,000||Up to $250|
|AXA Smart Traveller Baisc||$250,000||$300,000||$6,000||Up to $800|
|AIG Travel Guard Standard||$100,000||$200,000||$5,000||Up to $500|
|Direct Asia DA150 Basic||$100,000||$150,000||$3,000||Up to $500|
|Great Eastern Travel Smart Basic||$300,000||$500,000||$5,000||Up to $500|
|Allianz Global Bronze||$35,000||$400,000||$5,000||Up to $500|
On top of the numbers involved in the comparison, there are many other factors involving how good a travel insurance is. Factors such as the onboarding process, customer service support and most importantly the claiming process of the policy can sway one’s decision too!
Further Reading: Precautions to avoid getting your travel insurance claim rejected
- Ensure you disclose all pre-existing illness or conditions you may have prior to taking up the policy.
- Pre-existing conditions include having visited a specialist even if one is not on any medication.
- Proper documentation is required for the claims. Make sure to find out what is required.
- For example, a police report is required for theft cases. Evidence of the price of your stolen item is necessary too.
- Always provide evidence for any of the claims you are trying to make.