For travellers who revel in ultimate freedom — to roam with the flexibility of a one way ticket.

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A one way ticket offers the ultimate freedom. To travel to a destination with an open mind and open plans about when—and if—you’ll return home in the foreseeable future.

As travellers ourselves, we understand the allure of not committing to an end date for your travels. That’s why World Nomads offers cover for one way travel insurance. Because travel is about going forth into the unknown.

What’s covered with one way travel insurance

When you buy travel insurance with World Nomads—whether you’re travelling on a one way ticket or not—the policy covers some of travel’s most common mishaps, including:

  • Trip delay, interruption, and flight delays
  • Trip cancellation
  • Overseas emergency medical
  • Hospitalisation if you or a member of your travelling party get injured or fall ill
  • Lost, stolen or damaged baggage and valuables cover
  • Snow sports optional cover
  • Adventure activities and sports cover (we offer cover for more than 150 activities)
  • Medical evacuation and repatriation when necessary
  • And much more.

A World Nomads travel insurance policy also provides access to the experienced 24/7 Emergency Assistance team who are there to help you find a doctor if you or a member of your travel party become sick or injured.

What you need to know if you plan to travel on a one way ticket

The beauty of single trip cover is you can explore a country or multiple countries for as long as you choose. But there is one defining difference compared to if you buy travel insurance for a return trip: your flight home (since it’s non-existent at the time of purchase) isn’t covered.

If you find yourself needing to return home for a covered reason, the cost you would have normally paid for an Economy Class airfare (at the carrier’s regular rate or actual cost incurred) will be deducted from your total claim.

What’s not covered when you travel one way

Overseas travel insurance isn’t designed to cover everything and there are some things we simply don’t cover for one way travel, including:

  • Your flight home
  • Cancelation expenses if you simply change your mind and decide not to travel
  • If you become injured while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Treatment for a condition, illness, or injury that is considered a non-emergency and can wait until your return home
  • Existing medical conditions

It’s always a good idea to read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) carefully and check the terms, conditions, limitations and exclusions when you buy travel insurance (or anything else for that matter!) so you have a good understanding of what is and isn’t covered for one way travel insurance.

Handy travel tips for one way trips

Select the plan that’s right for your one way trip

We offer two levels of cover, Standard and Explorer. Each plan comes with different benefit limits, different limits and sub limits. Take the time to consider which is the best option for your travel plans, so you clearly understand what’s included in the level of cover you select for your one way trip.

Working holidays

Many travellers who buy one way travel insurance are planning to move to another country for a working holiday for the foreseeable future. Our single trip cover is designed to cover you for up to 12 months whether that means a gap year in Canada or a months-long backpacking trip across Europe.

And if you’re nearing the end-date of your trip and decide to extend your stay, you should consider extending your travel insurance too.

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Buy while abroad

Already left? With World Nomads, you can buy travel insurance even after you’ve left home. Get a quick quote and easily buy while abroad. If you buy travel insurance during your overseas holiday, you are still subject to a 72-hour waiting period from the date that you receive your Certificate of Insurance, before your cover comes into effect. This means that you may not be covered for certain events or losses that happen during this period.

Need to know more?

The World Nomads team is here to help 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Get in touch if you’re unsure what your next step should be and we can help get you there, whether that means deciding which policy is best for your trip, how to buy while abroad, or how to make a claim.

The above features and benefits are a summary of cover only. Cover is subject to the full terms, conditions, limitations and exclusions outlined in the Product Disclosure Statement. You should read your PDS in full, so you understand what is and isn’t covered. If you are unsure about your level of travel cover, please contact us for help.

Kidney Stone in Bali

On Saturday 9 August 2014 I incurred acute pain and vomiting all night long. I went to Siloam Hospitals Bali due to the acute pain and non-eating. I was hospitalised immediately. X-rays and ultrasound found a kidney stone and infection. I was hospitalised for 5-6 days where I was medicated and had tests accordingly. I had a procedure to break up the kidney stone as it would not dislodge. I was released from hospital to convalesce at home
Claim Paid: AUD $5286.96
M.M. Australian in Bali

Travel Insurance Benefits: how we can take care of you

Trip Cancellation

Protect your trip from unexpected cancellation.

  • Explorer Plan: Unlimited
  • Standard Plan: $5,000
Trip Protection
  • Have you died?
  • Has one of your relos died?
  • Has a bushfire damaged your home?

We’ve got your back.

Emergency Medical Overseas

Take the pain out of medical costs.

  • Explorer Plan: Unlimited
  • Standard Plan: $5,000,000
Emergency Medical Insurance
  • Need medicine?
  • Accidentally injured?
  • Suddenly sick?

We’ve got your back.

Emergency Medical Transport

We'll get you to hospital lickety-split

  • Explorer Plan: Unlimited
  • Standard Plan: $500,000
Evacuation and Repatriation
  • Banged up overseas?
  • Medivac needed home?
  • You died overseas?

Help starts here.

Protect your gear

Cover your stolen or damaged gear and tech.

  • Explorer Plan: $10,000
  • Standard Plan: $2,000
Protect your gear
  • Damaged docs?
  • Passport pilfered?
  • Tech trashed?

Help starts here.

  • Overseas Medical Expenses
  • Emergency dental treatment
  • 24 hour assistance
  • Emergency medical transport & repatriation
  • Cancellation costs
  • Trip interruption costs
  • Compassionate emergency visit home
  • Resumption of trip
  • Theft or accidental damage to baggage and personal items
  • Baggage delay over 12 hours
  • Funeral expenses overseas or repatriation of remains
  • Personal liability
This is a general summary for Australian residents only. Restrictions, exclusions and limitations will apply. Benefit limits may vary depending on the plan chosen. Check the policy documents for full details.

Travel Cover for 220+ Adventure Activities

  • Scuba diving
  • Mountain biking
  • Surfing
  • Bungee jumping
  • Skiing
Blue activities are automatically included in both the Standard and Explorer plans. All activities listed in orange will need to be added to your policy at the time of purchase. The list is intended as a guide only and there are restrictions on what you can and cannot do, so read the PDS or contact us. For a more detailed list click here

24/7 emergency assistance

If you need medical assistance or emergency medical evacuation our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year before and during your trip.

Are you in need of emergency assistance right now?

Phone: +61 2 8263 0470 or Phone: +61 2 8292 1470 (reverse charges via an operator from anywhere in the world)

Contact the team

Travel insurance. Simple & flexible.

Travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families. Nobody wants to think about all the things that could go wrong on their trip, but these things can and do happen. So be prepared and get your travel insurance today.