Bupa Global Travel – Product review

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UPDATE: As of July 1st 2021, Bupa is no longer providing travel insurance plans. However, there are plenty of other options available, so if you’re looking for FREE quotes and independent advice, get in touch with Engage Health Group today.

Bupa Global is a leading provider of medically-led Travel Insurance and other International Medical Insurance products. Founded in 1947, Bupa is a world-renowned healthcare brand offering both insurance products and running healthcare facilities around the world, with customers in over 190 countries.

Worldwide Travel Options

Bupa Global’s Worldwide Travel Option is their flagship individual travel insurance product. It provides short term medical and travel insurance for leisure, study or business trips.

Of all the travel insurance schemes you can buy, Bupa’s global travel insurance is probably the most extensive. This is true in both the level of coverage on offer and the medical expertise which Bupa makes available through the product. 

You can choose from either an: annual multi-trip plan – which allows unlimited trips (up to 30 days in duration), or a single trip policy – which can cover you for up to one year. Coverage is worldwide and the application process is simple and can be completed online.

Both the annual and single trip products start with its market leading core medical cover, and allows you to then add on non-medical cover (Personal Accident, Lost Baggage, Travel delay etc) and trip cancelation cover, should you wish to.

Pre-existing conditions

There’s good news and bad news. Pre-existing and chronic conditions will not be covered by Bupa’s travel insurance scheme, if you:

  • have been hospitalised
  • have been seen by a doctor
  • have had a change in medication in the last 6 months
  • have refused treatment
  • are waiting treatment.

You can, however, apply to have these covered by completing a ‘pre-existing conditions‘ form as part of the application process which will be reviewed by one of Bupa’s medical consultants and will provide an answer within a few days.

Global medical capability

One of the key strengths of Bupa Global’s Travel Insurance products is that it leans on Bupa’s global medical capability as one of the leading providers of International Private Medical Insurance, and a leading provider of domestic Private Medical Insurance in numerous countries around the world. This includes access to their 24-hour medical helpline, where you can speak to someone medically trained if you are unwell, and they can also help find appropriate local medical facilities for you.

You also have access to Bupa’s in-house Global Medical Centre in an emergency who can liaise doctor to doctor with the local facility you are in, provide a second medical opinion and arrange medical transportation to find you appropriate medical treatment if required.

To find out more, or apply for Bupa’s Worldwide Travel Options, please follow the link on our Individual Travel Page

Schengen Travel

Bupa Global’s Schengen Travel Insurance Product is designed exclusively for individuals travelling for leisure, study or business to the Schengen travel area in Europe. The plan has been specifically designed to meet the regulations set by the European Union which state that anyone applying for an entry visa to the Schengen area must prove that they hold a valid medical travel insurance.

This insurance is required to cover the costs of emergency treatment, hospitalisation, urgent ambulance transport and medical evacuation back to your home country with an insurance amount of at least €30,000.

Bupa Global’s Schengen Travel Insurance product complies with all these requirements and is able to support any visa application for travel to these Schengen countries.

To find out more, or apply for Schengen Travel, please follow the link on our Individual Travel Page.



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