China and Coronavirus Last updated: 7 Feb 2020. Still current.

China's current travel advisory is DO NOT TRAVEL. Travel insurance can not be issued for travel to China at this time.

Chinese authorities and the World Health Organisation (WHO) say a new strain of Coronavirus is behind an outbreak of pneumonia in the central city of Wuhan. There are fears of a global epidemic after China confirmed the new strain was passed from person to person. Multiple people have died from the virus and there are currently many known cases. Queensland Health has confirmed a Brisbane man is being tested for the infectious Chinese Coronavirus.

For more information we recommend you read the Smart Traveller Advice on the Novel coronavirus outbreak.

Cancelling or amending your trip You’re covered if you purchased prior to 19 Jan 2020 If your travel insurance was purchased prior to 19 January, then yes, your travel insurance policy will cover cancellation claims related to Coronavirus, up to your plan’s limits*. This could include assisting you with flight cancellation costs, tour cancellation costs, and accommodation cancellations costs. We only cover cancellations if the destinations you are travelling to have been assigned a ‘Do Not Travel’ advisory warning by the Australian Government in their website https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/. We do not cover cancellation for change or mind or fear. You’re not covered if you purchased after 20 Jan 2020 If you purchased travel insurance after 20 January 2020 you will not be covered for any cancellation claims related to coronavirus. This is due to the fact that as of 20 January, the virus outbreak was widely publicised, and health and travel authorities had advised that travellers take all necessary precautions. Customers purchasing travel insurance post 20 January do so in the knowledge that travel may be impacted by Coronavirus.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

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General advice

  • Fever, fatigue and shivering are some common symptoms of this disease. Consult a doctor.
  • Wear a mask where possible
  • Practice thorough hand hygiene
  • Avoid travel to or through China, especially if at risk: children and elderly.
  • Monitor the media about new outbreaks and risks