Important information relating to the Zika virus
Important information for policyholders of TID Travel Insurance relating to the Zika virusAs at 08/06/16; updating advice of 07/04/16
For policies purchased after Wednesday 8th June 2016, no cover for cancellation/rearrangement is available:
Reports on the Zika virus have been extensively publicised in the mass media since late-January 2016, including reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (NZMFAT). We consider cancellation/rearrangement arising from the Zika virus to now be foreseen and, therefore, no longer covered.
For policies purchased by 23.59 AET on the dates noted in the table below for the respective locations:
Cover continues under Section 2 – Cancellation Costs for those travellers who are pregnant in any trimester (and their accompanying partners/dependent children) who have to cancel or rearrange their travel plans to avoid travelling to the following Zika-affected countries/territories. No cover is provided for cancellation or rearrangement to the following locations if a policy was not issued by the cut-off dates noted below and/or if you are not pregnant at the time of travel. If you wish to change your travel plans, please contact your travel services providers directly for assistance.
Locations identified by the CDC as having locally-acquired Zika virus transmissions
(cover cut-off dates):
25 January 2016
U.S. Virgin Islands
1 February 2016
3 February 2016
18 February 2016
23 February 2016
Trinidad and Tobago
29 February 2016
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
2 March 2016
Thailand (13:00 NZDT)
9 March 2016
19 March 2016
22 March 2016
7 April 2016
Kosrae (part of Federated States of Micronesia)
8 June 2016
Papua New Guinea
All other locations not listed above.
Medical Expenses Overseas
For those travellers issued with a policy prior to suffering a sudden illness from the Zika virus, medical expenses and medical evacuation (where medically necessary) cover are available. If you suddenly fall ill, contact our Emergency Assistance team on +61 2 9234 3123 or +61 2 8256 1523 for assistance.
For updated list of affected countries and information on Zika virus:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (NZMFAT)
World Health Organisation
In an emergency, you must contact our emergency assistance team as soon as possible on +61 2 9234 3123 or +61 2 8256 1523 or email us. Our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In the event of a claim covered by your policy, you must do everything you can to minimise and reduce the cost of the claim (including seeking compensation from any travel service providers), and provide all supporting documentation of the event and expenses incurred. To lodge a claim, you’ll need to download a claim form.
Please contact TID Customer Service on 0800 843 843 from New Zealand or +61 2 8263 0471 from overseas or email us.