Annual Travel Insurance (2022) – 7 Best Annual Travel Insurance Plans for Singaporeans

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Annual travel insurance? Isn’t that for frequent flyers, like those investment bankers and C-level executives?” you ask. Actually, I’d argue that it’s something that’s very worthwhile for many regular Singaporeans to buy.

We’re always whining about how we have no time to travel, we’re so burnt out from this rat race, life in Singapore is so boring, blah blah. But the fact is that Singaporeans are an extremely privileged bunch. According to stats, the national travel average is 5.2 times a year.

5.2! That makes us one of the most well-travelled nations in the world, side by side with those tall, handsome Scandinavians who are absolutely swimming in money and annual leave days. Well, then Miss Rona happened and turned our lives upside down.

After two years of living in a pandemic, the borders are finally opening up and if you’re packing those luggages for multiple trips in the coming year to finally quench your thirst for wanderlust, buying annual travel insurance will save you money  and it’ll also save you the mad scramble of buying insurance online just moments before your plane takes off.

Best annual travel insurance plans in Singapore (2022)

“But I’m so busy travelling! Where got time to compare all the different annual travel insurance plans?” you wail.

Luckily for you, I’m paid to do just that. Here are the most affordable annual travel insurance plans that you can. After reviewing some 20 insurance providers in Singapore, I’ve shortlisted the best annual travel insurance plans for the average Singaporean traveller. A point to note: not all of the annual travel insurance plans include COIVD-19 benefits.

Annual travel insurance Best for… Cost for 1 year
The Wise Traveller Secure Value-for-money boutique insurer $310
FWD Premium For budget travellers  $310.59
American Express My VoyageGuard Essential  Good medical coverage for a good price $414.40  
Direct Asia DA200 Higher than average coverage for trip cancellation  $209 (40% off) 
The Wise Traveller Premium Higher than average coverage all round  $390 
Allianz Travel Insurance Silver Extremely high medical & travel inconvenience coverage $687.05
Aviva Travel Lite Pregnancy & childbirth coverage $303

All 7 plans have all-rounded good coverage, including for medical expenses, emergency evacuation, trip cancellation, baggage loss/damage, plus travel/baggage delays.

But each one has a unique selling point that makes it a standout. I’ll go into detail in the following sections.

The Wise Traveller Secure annual travel insurance ($310/year)

If you want to take your chances with an independent travel insurance brand, consider The Wise Traveller as it has the one of the cheapest annual travel insurance plan right now.

The Wise Traveller logo

Total Premium

S$195.50

Total Premium
Covers for Covid-19
Med. Coverage (Overseas)
S$312,000
Trip Cancellation
S$10,500
Loss/Damage of Baggage
S$5,000
Total Premium
S$195.50

This is a boutique insurer you may not have heard of, but the policy is actually underwritten by Tokio Marine and emergency assistance is rendered by Allianz – both big names in insurance.

While it’s the most inexpensive, it actually has significantly higher benefit limits. You get really extensive coverage on both the medical/emergency front as well as travel inconveniences.

In particular, the payout for travel delay is US$150 per 6 hours, much higher than the typical S$100. Unfortunately, most adventure sports including snow/ice sports and skydiving aren’t covered, so skip it if you plan to hit the powdery slopes in Niseko.

Annual travel insurance The Wise Traveller Secure
Price for 1 year (Worldwide) $310 
Overseas medical expenses  $300,000
Overseas medical expenses due to COVID-19  $100,000
Overseas quarantine allowance due to COVID-19 ($100 per day) $1,400
Emergency medical evacuation Unlimited
Personal accident (death & TPD) $200,000
Travel delay $1,000
Trip cancellation $10,000
Trip cancellation due to COVID-19  $1,500
Baggage loss/damage $10,000
Adventure activities covered? No

Emergency hotline: +65 3158 3598 (Allianz Global Assistance)

Travel insurance claims: Simple. Just submit your claims through the Wise Traveller online claims portal which also specifies what documents are required.

For medical and dental claims, you have to mail the supporting documents + acknowledgement email to The Wise Traveller Pte Ltd at 1 Scotts Rd, #24-10 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208.

FWD Premium annual travel insurance ($310.59/year) 

There’s no doubt about it. FWD is the millennial’s insurer, and we’re so glad to see that their annual travel insurance is now $310.59 (thanks to 10% off), making it another one of the cheapest annual travel insurance plans in the market.

FWD logo

Total Premium

S$207.64

20% OffTotal PremiumS$259.55
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Med. Coverage (Overseas)
S$200,000
Trip Cancellation
S$7,500
Loss/Damage of Baggage
S$3,000
Total Premium
Total PremiumS$259.5520% Off
S$207.64
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(Of course, given the crazily competitive nature of travel insurance, this might change any minute.)

Despite its super-low price, it has good overall coverage for Singaporeans who mainly travel around Asia with the occasional sojourn to Europe and beyond. Travel inconvenience benefits a little on the lower side, which means it’s more suited to budget travellers. However, a major drawback given the current climate is that there is no COVID-19 coverage for FWD’s Premium annual travel insurance plans. You’d have to make purchase a single-trip plan with add-ons instead.

Annual travel insurance FWD Premium annual travel insurance 
Price for 1 year (Worldwide) $310.59 after discount 
Overseas medical expenses  $200,000
Emergency medical evacuation Unlimited
Personal accident (death & TPD) $500,000
Travel delay $300 ($100 for every 6 hours of delay overseas and in Singapore) 
Trip cancellation $7,500
Baggage loss/damage $3,000
Adventure activities covered? Yes excluding airborne e.g. skydiving, bungee jumping

Emergency hotline: +65 6820 8888

Travel insurance claims: FWD’s click to claim feature allows you to sign in with an account and make a claim within minutes. You just need your personal details such as name, NRIC number, mobile number, email, and policy number and you’re done!

American Express (Chubb) My VoyageGuard Essential ($414.40/year)

American Express My VoyageGuard Essential annual travel insurance is not the cheapest in the market at $414.40 per year but you’re definitely getting your money’s worth with its coverage.

The good thing about American Express My VoyageGuard Essential is that it covers for skydiving and bungee jumping, and the medical coverage is higher than the lower-end annual travel insurance at $500,000.

Annual travel insurance American Express My VoyageGuard Essential annual travel insurance 
Price for 1 year (Worldwide) $414.40 
Overseas medical expenses  $500,000
Overseas medical expenses due to COVID-19  $150,000
Overseas quarantine allowance due to COVID-19 ($100 per day) $700
Emergency medical evacuation Unlimited
Personal accident (death & TPD) $125,000
Travel delay $800 ($200 for every 6 hours of delay overseas and in Singapore) 
Trip cancellation $5,000
Trip cancellation due to COVID-19 $2,500
Baggage loss/damage $3,500
Adventure activities covered? Yes includes airborne e.g. skydiving, bungee jumping

Emergency hotline: +65 6836 2922

Travel insurance claims: When it comes to claims, American Express My VoyageGuard may not be the most intuitive. It’s underwritten by Chubb Travel Insurance, so you submit your claim at Chubb Claim Centre.

Direct Asia DA200 annual travel insurance ($209/year)

Within the price bracket of AMEX (Chubb) annual travel insurance is the Direct Asia DA200. While it pales in comparison to AMEX’s annual travel insurance in terms of medical coverage, it has higher trip cancellation coverage at $10,000. This means that if you primarily travel via budget airlines, Direct Asia DA200 is quite good.

At $209 after 40% off, Direct Asia DA200 is one of the most affordable annual travel insurance plans. However, again, this plan does not offer COVID-19 coverage.

Annual travel insurance Direct Asia DA200 annual travel insurance 
Price for 1 year (Worldwide) $209 (40% off) 
Medical expenses (overseas) $200,000
Emergency medical evacuation Unlimited
Personal accident (death & TPD) $300,000
Travel delay $1,000 ($200 for every 6 hours of delay overseas and in Singapore) 
Trip cancellation $10,000
Baggage loss/damage $3,000
Adventure activities covered? Yes includes g airborne e.g. skydiving, bungee jumping

Emergency hotline: +65 6532 1818, or +65 6603 3699 (Overseas)

Travel insurance claims: DirectAsia has a 24-hour claims hotline and you can also submit your claims online.

Allianz annual travel insurance ($687.05/year)

There are plenty of up-and-comers offering annual travel insurance around the $300 mark, such as FWD, Etiqa and DirectAsia. But I find that their annual travel insurance plans are not comprehensive enough for a year-long commitment.

If you’re going to pay $2XX for annual travel insurance, you might as well pay a little bit more and get pretty much the best on the market – the Allianz Global Assistance Silver annual plan.

Allianz Travel logo

Total Premium

S$535.60

35% OffTotal PremiumS$824
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Med. Coverage (Overseas)
S$1,000,000
Trip Cancellation
S$15,000
Loss/Damage of Baggage
S$12,000
Total Premium
Total PremiumS$82435% Off
S$535.60
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The coverage is amazing for what you pay. The $1 million limit for overseas medical expenses and unlimited evacuation mean you’re pretty much covered anywhere you go, even if it’s to pricey countries like the US.

With its very high benefit limits for trip cancellation and lost/damage items, it’s suitable for even lavish travellers.

The main weakness is an extremely low personal accident payout – so either get a separate PA plan or live with it (if you don’t have dependents). Another thing to note is that it doesn’t cover all outdoor activities. Another main drawback is the fact that it does not offer COVID-19 benefits – if you’re paying a premium price, this is definitely something to take to mind.

Annual travel insurance Allianz Global Assistance Silver
Price for 1 year (Worldwide) $687.05
Medical expenses (overseas) $1,000,000
Emergency medical evacuation Unlimited
Personal accident (death & TPD) $80,000
Travel delay $1,500
Trip cancellation $15,000
Baggage loss/damage $12,000
Adventure activities covered? Yes, excluding skydiving

Emergency hotline: +65 6327 2215

Travel insurance claims: Submit claims quickly and easily through the Allianz online claims portal.

For medical and dental claims, you have to mail the supporting documents + acknowledgement email to Allianz Global Assistance, 79 Robertson Road, #09-01, Singapore 068897.

Aviva Travel Lite annual travel insurance ($303/year)

Aviva’s annual travel insurance is my pick for women travellers because it explicitly insures pregnancy and childbirth.

Now, I’m NOT saying that being female is equal to bearing children – that’s like something out of The Handmaid’s Tale. But if there’s the slightest chance you might be pregnant in the coming year, I think it’s worth it to pay $60 more for assurance that you and your potential baby are covered.

Pregnancy-related overseas emergency medical expenses for Aviva Travel Lite are covered for $1,000.

If you have an immediate family member with a MINDEF/MHA policy with Aviva, you get 30% off, which makes the plan excellent value. (In fact, if you do have the 30% discount, I’d recommend upgrading to Aviva Travel Plus because of their tok gong $2 million medical coverage limit.)

Annual travel insurance Aviva Travel Lite
Price for 1 year (Worldwide) $303
Overseas medical expenses $250,000
Overseas medical expenses due to COVID-19  $50,000
Overseas quarantine allowance due to COVID-19 ($100 per day) N.A.
Emergency medical evacuation $250,000
Personal accident (death & TPD) $50,000
Travel delay $1,000
Trip cancellation $5,000
Trip cancellation due to COVID-19 $500
Baggage loss/damage $3,000
Adventure activities covered? Some, but not bungee jumping, sky diving or mountaineering

Emergency hotline: +65 6322 2222

Travel insurance claims: Submit your claim through the Aviva online form linked on this page.

For any upfront expenses e.g. medical bills, you need to mail original supporting documents (write down your policy number) to Aviva Travel Insurance Claims, Aviva Ltd, 4 Shenton Way, #01-01 SGX Centre 2, Singapore 068807.

For more about Aviva travel insurance, read our comprehensive review here.

How should you choose annual travel insurance?

There are a few factors you should consider before you take the plunge. Annual travel insurance is, after all, a year-long commitment and you can’t switch providers midway just because you buay song.

Here are some basics to know before you click “buy”.

Worldwide coverage: Always choose worldwide coverage so you’re not limited to specific regions when you travel. Even if you don’t have anything planned yet, you just never know where 2019/2020 will take you.

Individual vs group plans: Generally annual travel insurance is a personal decision, but do note that some insurance providers give you better rates if you buy as a couple. (You don’t necessarily have to travel together.)

Basic vs upper-tier plan: With travel insurance, you don’t want to be too giam and just stick to the cheapest plan offered by the provider. Instead, consider both basic and mid-tier plans for the best mix of affordability and coverage.

Medical & emergency coverage: You might end up travelling to expensive countries, so make sure to buffer against high healthcare costs. Go for overseas medical expense limits of at least $300,000 if possible, and at least $1 million for emergency evacuation.

COVID-19 coverage: While most single-trip insurance policies have expanded to offer COVID-19 benefits, the same cannot be said for the annual policies. Given that you’re paying for an entire year worth of coverage, do your due diligence in checking if the annual policy offers COVID-19 coverage.

Travel inconvenience coverage: You can get away with lower coverage for travel delays and such with single trip insurance, like if you’re going to Bali where the tourist infrastructure is strong and accommodation is plentiful. But you wouldn’t want to have to sleep at the airport in the US just because you can’t get enough compensation for a travel delay. So, pick only annual travel insurance with good coverage for travel inconvenience.

Adventure activities: Unlike single-trip plans where you can choose a plan that specifically covers such activities, your annual plan needs to cover anything you might end up doing in the course of the year. Even if you’re not very outdoorsy, your colleagues might talk you into learning to dive with them. You never know. So it’s best to be as unrestrictive as possible.

Comfort level: Finally, don’t commit to an annual travel insurance plan unless you’re REALLY comfortable with the policy wording, the claims process and the reputation of the brand (both for rendering emergency assistance and for settling claims).

Looking to buy annual travel insurance? Compare all Singapore annual travel insurance policies by price and coverage first.