Business travel in Australia and around the world slowed down extensively in 2020 due to domestic and international border closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, now that the COVID-19 vaccine rollout has begun in Australia and around the world in 2021, we are seeing domestic travel steadily increasing and international travel bubbles are opening up.
Flight Centre recently surveyed Australian business travellers and found that many frequent business travellers anticipated domestic travel to be back in full swing for 2021, finding that1:
On 13 April 2021, Qantas outlined that it will resume AU – NZ flights from 19 April with the opening up of the trans-Tasman quarantine free bubble. Qantas will track the vaccine rollout in Australia and work with the Australian Government to manage international travel2.
Virgin Australia said that it will focus on domestic operations, however will remain flexible with short-haul international travel as it monitors the vaccine rollout and Government advice.3
KPMG’s domestic travel market review for 20214 found that with the drastic reduction in domestic and international travel over 2020, businesses are now looking at strategies to manage a flexible work environment along with safe business travel within Australia and international borders once re-open.
With domestic travel resuming, the trans-Tasman travel bubble opening up from April 2021, and additional international travel bubbles planned to open up as the vaccine rollout continues, businesses should start to consider preparing for business travel.
Chubb has put together a 4 step plan for business travel in 2021 and beyond. To find out more click here.
Having a comprehensive business travel insurance policy in place is one step to reducing businesses travel risks. The Chubb Business Travel Accident Insurance Policy (BTA) provides cover for, but not limited to:
Exclusions to cover apply to:
Please read the policy wording for the full details of the benefits which are subject to the terms and conditions, exclusions and various excesses.
Chubb also provides its BTA policyholders with complimentary access to the Chubb Travel Smart and Claims Portals.
Chubb Travel Smart: This technology has been developed to help employers better fulfil their duty of care obligations to their staff. It includes a smartphone app for employees and an online dashboard for risk and HR managers to get an instant summary of travelling employees, including their location and whether they are travelling in high risk areas, to find out more click here.
Chubb Claim Centre: Along with Chubb’s market leading and award-winning claims service, BTA policyholders also have access to Chubb’s claims service portal. The portal allows real time lodgement, tracking and rapid processing of simple claims. You can begin processing your claim online, receive immediate confirmation of submission and reduce steps and time to completion. To find out more click here
Chubb understands that businesses need to take more time to plan and strategise business travel in the current environment, which is why Chubb:
To find out more and to inquire about a free quote please contact your local Chubb A&H underwriter by clicking here.
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