Thinking of going completely off-map in 2020? Just remember, your travel insurance can only push the boundaries so much, so when it comes to a handful of ‘Do not travel’ countries, you’re on your own, sister. Read on to see the list of countries that most insurers can’t provide cover for.
As at Jan 2020. Planning a girl’s trip to Chad to see the highest volcano in the Sahara Desert? Or maybe a jaunt through Yemen to visit the ancient tombs at Sanaa? You might want to rethink your bold itinerary for just a second.
Both countries come with a warning to ‘do not travel‘ on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) Smartraveller website. This is the reddest ‘red flag’ warning on DFAT’s four-tier travel advisory system.
At the time of writing, DFAT applies a “do not travel” advisory to 13 countries. You’ll find the obvious conflict zones in the mix like Afghanistan, Iraq and South Sudan, as well as newer entries like politically flammable Venezuela.
You can see which countries are deemed risky on the Australian Government’s travel advisory site, Smartraveller.
Countries on the ‘do not travel list’ are the places where travel insurance providers can’t look after you if should need to claim. That’s why we automatically prevent red flag countries from being added to your insurance policy during the creation of your quote.
Of course you can go to these places if you wish, but if something happens during your time in a ‘do not travel’ country we won’t be able to support your claim.
Rethink your need to travel
It’s also smart travel planning to look at the ‘reconsider your need to travel’ list. This category is the next level down from ‘do not travel’ warning, and consists of 14 countries including tourist favourite, Egypt.
The ‘reconsider your need to travel’ list doesn’t automatically put you in the insurance no-claim zone, but these are the sorts of destinations where things can change rapidly, so best to keep an eye on them too if you’re planning to go rogue on your next overseas mission.
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