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Smartraveller’s Red Flag List: The Countries We Can’t Insure You For

6 January 2020

Did you know there’s a list of countries that most insurers can’t provide cover for? Read on to see the places that the Australian government labels as ‘Do not travel’.

Current Jan 2020. Planning a visit to Venezuela to see the highest uninterrupted waterfall in the world? Or maybe a jaunt through Mali to visit the revered Grand Mosque of Djenné? You might want to rethink your 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.

As of April 2019, DFAT applies a “do not travel” advisory to 13 countries. You’ll find the obvious conflict zones in the mix like Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, as well as newer entries like politically flammable Venezuela.

Check the Smartraveller site to see which countries are deemed risky for travel and won’t be covered by travel insurance. 

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 at quote phase.

Central African Republic
South Sudan

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.

Reconsider your need to travel

It’s worth checking out the next level down from ‘do not travel’, which also includes a tally 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.

Burkina Faso
Democratic Republic of the Congo
North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)
Saudi Arabia

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