Malaysia Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance for Malaysia

 

In the beautiful country of Malaysia, Batu Caves is a sight to behold with its many temples and shrines, not to mention the gigantic statue of the Hindu God. Along with the Petronas Twin Towers and other tourist attractions, travelers are sure to enjoy a trip to breathtaking Malaysia.
As you plan your incredible itinerary, it is important to remember travel insurance as it can help aid and support you on your travels. Let’s dive in!

 

What should your travel insurance cover for a trip to Malaysia?

At a minimum, your travel insurance should cover trip cancellation, trip interruption and emergency medical expenses. When it comes to international travel, the US Department of State outlines key components that should be included in your travel insurance coverage.
AXA Travel Protection plans are designed with these minimum recommended coverages in mind.

  • Medical Coverage – The top priority is making sure your health is in order. With AXA Travel Protection, you can have access to quality healthcare during your trip overseas in the event of unexpected medical emergencies.  
     
  • Trip Cancellation & Interruptions – Assistance against unexpected trip disruptions can dampen the mood, AXA Travel Protection offers coverage against unforeseen events. 
     
  • Emergency Evacuations and Repatriation – In situations where transportation is dire, AXA Travel Protection offers provisions for emergency evacuation and repatriation. 
     
  • Coverage for Personal Belongings – AXA offers coverage for your belongings with assistance against lost or delayed baggage. 
     
  • Optional Cancel for Any Reason – For added flexibility, AXA offers optional Cancel for Any Reason coverage, allowing you to cancel your trip for non-traditional reasons.  Exclusive to Platinum Plan holders. 

 

In just a few seconds, you can get a free quote and purchase the best travel insurance for Malaysia.

 

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How Does Travel Insurance for Malaysia Work?

Malaysia has a reputation for being a fairly safe place to visit. However, it is important to learn which areas to avoid and practice safe traveling habits to prevent issues like pickpocketing and theft even in the safest areas.
If a thief steals luggage from the baggage area, a travel insurance plan can help replace your bags and the contents inside them.
Here is how travelers can benefit from an AXA Travel Protection Plan:

 

Baggage Benefits: 

  • Luggage Delay: If the airline delays your checked baggage, your policy might offer reimbursement for essential items like clothing and toiletries. 
  • Lost or Stolen Luggage: In the unfortunate event of permanent loss or theft of your luggage, your policy may offer reimbursement for its value, assisting you in replacing your belongings. 

 

Medical Benefits: 

  • Emergency Medical Expenses: Should you fall ill or have an accident during your trip, your policy may offer coverage for medical expenses, including hospital stays and doctor's fees. 
  • Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation: In case of a serious medical emergency, your policy may include provisions for evacuation to the nearest appropriate medical facility or repatriation. 
  • Non-Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation: In non-medical crises (e.g., political unrest), your policy may cover evacuation or repatriation, subject to policy terms. 

 

Pre-Departure Travel Benefits: 

  • Trip Cancellation: You may be eligible for reimbursement if you cancel your trip due to a sudden illness or injury. 
  • COVID-19 Travel Insurance: Coverage is available for trip cancellation and medical expenses related to COVID-19, subject to policy terms and conditions. 
  • Trip Delay: If your flight faces delays due to unforeseen circumstances, you may have coverage for additional expenses such as meals and accommodations. 

 

Post-Departure Travel Benefits

  • Trip Interruption: In case of an unexpected event, you could be eligible for reimbursement for the unused portion of your trip.
  • Missed Connection: If you miss a connecting flight due to delays or cancellations, this coverage may help with expenses like rebooking fees and accommodations.

 

Additional Optional Travel Benefits 

  • Rental Car (Collision Damage Waiver): Exclusive to Gold & Platinum plan policy holders, this optional benefit gives travelers extra coverage on their rental car against damage and theft. 
  • Cancel for Any Reason: Exclusive to Platinum plan policy holders; this optional benefit gives travelers more flexibility to cancel their trip for any reason outside of their standard policy. 
  • Loss Skier Days: Exclusive to Platinum plan policy holders, this optional benefit offers reimbursement to mitigate some costs associated with pre-paid ski tickets that you or your traveling companion cannot use due to specified slope closures. 
  • Loss Golf Days: Exclusive to Platinum plan policy holders, this optional benefit offers reimbursement to mitigate the expenses linked to prepaid golf arrangements that you or your travel companion are unable to utilize due to specified golf closures. 

 

Do I Need Travel Insurance for Malaysia?

While the Malaysian government does not require travelers to purchase travel insurance, it offers valuable protection in an unfamiliar area where you may not speak the language or be able to find helpful resources.
You can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that your travel insurance plan backs you up if your travel plans go awry.
Why? There are several reasons:

 

  1. Trip Cancellation: You may not be able to control circumstances such as bad weather, a personal emergency, or an illness that prevents you from traveling. Travel insurance may reimburse you for 100% of the cost of your trip for eligible expenses.

  2. Lost Baggage: Airlines sometimes mishandle baggage, and the last thing you want is to be without your essentials in an unfamiliar place. Travel insurance offers to cover the cost of replacing necessary items, allowing you to continue on.

  3. Trip Interruption: Travel insurance may reimburse you for unexpected expenses due to an unexpected change of plans.

 

How Much Does Travel Insurance Cost for Malaysia?

In general, travel insurance costs about 3 – 10% of your total prepaid and non-refundable trip expenses. The cost of travel insurance depends on two factors for AXA Travel Protection plans: 

  • Total Trip cost: The total non-prepaid and non-refundable costs you have already paid for your upcoming trip. This includes prepaid excursions, plane tickets, cruise costs, etc. 
  • Age: Like any other insurance type, the correlation is rooted in increased health risks associated with older individuals. It's important to note that this doesn't make travel insurance unattainable for older individuals. 

With AXA Travel Protection, travelers to Malaysia will be offered three tiers of insurance: Silver, Gold and Platinum. Each provides varying levels of coverage to cater to individual's preferences and travel needs. 

 

Our Suggested AXA Travel Protection Plan

AXA presents travelers with three travel plans – the Silver PlanGold Plan, and  Platinum Plan, each offering different levels of coverage to suit individual needs. Given that United Kingdom hospitals often do not accept U.S. health insurance or Medicare, we genuinely recommend travelers consider purchasing any of these plans, particularly for the crucial coverage they offer for emergency accident and sickness medical expenses.
The Platinum Plan is a good choice for Malaysian travelers who want the benefit of extra coverage. For example, "Cancel for Any Reason" is an optional coverage that offers greater flexibility for those who have concerns have concerns about an unexpected cancellation. The Collision Damage Waiver coverage is also available as an option. This coverage pays for damage to a rental car being used during your Malaysia trip.
Golf enthusiasts may be disappointed if their golf game gets rained out or you cannot play for some other reason at one of Malaysia’s fine golf courses or country clubs. Nonetheless, coverage is available on the Platinum Plan for Lost Golf Rounds to reimburse your fees.

 

What Types of Medical Coverage Do AXA Travel Protection Plans Offer?

AXA covers three types of medical expenses:

  • Emergency medical
  • Emergency evacuation & repatriation
  • Non-medical emergency evacuation & repatriation

Emergency medical: Can cover illnesses such as dengue fever, tuberculosis, or food poisoning. It may also cover injuries such as a broken appendage, injury due to a fall or other injury.
Emergency evacuation and repatriation: Can cover your immediate transportation home in the event of an accidental injury or illness.
Non-medical emergency evacuation and repatriation: Can cover evacuation or repatriation expenses due to a non-medical event such as an earthquake, typhoon or volcanic eruption.

 

Are There Any COVID-19 Restrictions for Travelers to Malaysia?

The Malaysian government has lifted all COVID-19 restrictions for travelers entering the country. They recommend travelers take normal precautions.

 

Traveling with pre-existing Medical Conditions? 

Traveling with pre-existing medical conditions can complicate your plans, but with AXA Travel Protection, we're here to support you during your trip.  
Our Gold and Platinum plans offer coverage for pre-existing medical conditions.  The Platinum plan, in particular, is our highest-offered choice for travelers who want our highest coverage limits and optional add-ons, 

What does this mean for you? If you've got a medical condition that's been hanging around, you can qualify for coverage under our Gold and Platinum plans with a pre-existing medical condition, so long as it’s within 14 days of placing your initial trip deposit and in our 60-day look-back period. We're here to ensure you travel easily, no matter your health situation. 

 

 

FAQ

 

1.Can you buy travel insurance after booking a flight?

You can buy travel insurance even after your flight is booked.

2.When should I buy Travel Insurance to Malaysia?

It is advisable to purchase travel insurance for your trip as soon as you have made your initial trip deposit (prepaid and non-refundable trip costs.)
AXA Travel Protection offers coverage as soon as you purchase your protection plan. We can give coverage against unforeseen events before you leave for your trip.
Additionally, our policies offer coverage for preexisting medical conditions and Cancel for Any Reason if you purchase your protection within 14 days of making your initial trip deposit.

3.Do Americans need travel insurance in Malaysia?

 

No, travel insurance is not currently required to visit Malaysia, although you may find it valuable.

4.What is needed to visit Malaysia from the USA?

If you are visiting Malaysia from the USA, all you need is a passport that is valid for at least six months. The government also requires you to have at least one full page in your passport that is blank.

5.What happens if a tourist gets sick in Malaysia?

If you become sick in Malaysia, travelers with AXA Travel protection can contact the AXA Assistance hotline 855-327-1442. Contact information is typically provided within the insurance documentation. Please ensure to read through your policy details and information.

 

Disclaimer: It is important to note that Destination articles are for editorial purposes only and are not intended to replace the advice of a qualified professional. Specifics of travel coverage for your destination will depend on the plan selected, the date of purchase, and the state of residency. Customers are advised to carefully review the terms and conditions of their policy. Contact AXA Travel Insurance if you have any questions. AXA Assistance USA, Inc.© 2023 All Rights Reserved. ​​​​​​​

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