Over 70s travel insurance is essential for those travellers with a pre-existing medical condition who are planning a holiday or trip abroad and need the right kind of insurance policy in place.
Older people are now travelling more than ever before, but as a retired holidaymaker, you may find that the cost of cover is now far more expensive than it was a few years previously.
To find out more about sourcing travel insurance for the over 70s, read on or click our ‘Get a quote’ button now to begin comparing cover from a variety of UK insurers.
Over 70s travel insurance - what is it?
Insurers levy higher premiums to older travellers because statistically, they are more likely to make a claim, either for medical treatment abroad, or for a holiday cancelled because of ill-health.
Some insurers only offer annual policies to older travellers up to a specified age limit.
Generally speaking, insurers class older travellers into certain age brackets: 55-65 and 65-74. After the age of 74, insurance will usually go up annually, or every five years, depending on the provider.
If you are hoping to make the most of your freedom by jetting off to a far-flung destination, there are travel insurance options available to you, but generally speaking, you may have to pay a higher price for your cover.
That said, over 70s holiday insurance usually comes with additional benefits that don't come with policies for younger travellers, such as extra emergency and medical cover.
Over 70s and pre-existing medical conditions
Older travellers are more likely to have a pre-existing medical condition, such as cancer and hypertension - and some will find they are denied cover because of that condition.
But there are insurers who will offer cover specifically for older travellers with current or past health issues.
With providers that offer specialist holiday insurance for over 70s, the screening process will often be more personal and tailored to your own particular medical history; staff are often very knowledgeable about medical conditions too.
MoneySuperMarket can help you find an insurer sympathetic to pre-existing medical conditions.
Other over 70s holiday insurance options
If, as with many travellers aged over 70, you plan to travel for a longer period, or to several different destinations in one trip, an annual travel policy may be the way to go. This can work out cheaper than buying separate single trip policies.
Equally, if you're not planning on travelling beyond Europe, look for a policy offering annual cover for just Europe, as this can be much cheaper than a worldwide policy.
Another tip is to check that your policy includes unexpected event cover. In recent years there have been several incidents that have impacted on holidaymakers, including air strikes, civil unrest and the infamous Icelandic ash cloud in 2010, which caused huge disruption. Taking out additional cover to protect against such unexpected issues might be advisable - though likely to incur an extra cost.
Whatever you do, steer clear of the insurance policy being sold by your tour operator, as it will almost certainly cost you more than one bought independently.
Keeping over 70s travel insurance costs down
Take the time to research and compare quotes online, as prices for holiday insurance for the over 70s can vary widely.
Make sure you read the small print, so you know exactly what you are covered for.
If you find you are turned away by a general insurer for being the wrong age, consider quotes from insurers who specialise in older travellers, as they will base quotes on an individual's health and claims history.
At MoneySuperMarket, you can compare travel insurance for over 70s from both general insurers and specialists.
Travel tips for the over 70s
Before you go away on your travels, read up on your destination in guidebooks and online.
Also do a bit of research into the health risks in the country you're visiting on the NHS travel pages. Check if you need any vaccinations or other medication, such as malaria tablets.
Keep your legs moving during a flight to avoid deep vein thrombosis, drink plenty of water, and take a walk at least every couple of hours.
At your destination, don't drink tap water until you've checked it's safe to do so.
Make sure your passport is still valid for six months after your return date, and that you've got the necessary visas required for any of the destinations you plan to visit.
Apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) as this entitles you to some free treatment if you are travelling abroad in the EU.
Alert your bank to where you are travelling, and take a note of the emergency number for your bank and numbers of all cards and travellers cheques.
Leave contact numbers and an outline of your itinerary with friends or family at home, and stay in touch over phone or email.