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IRDAI Issues Exposure Draft on Standard Travel Insurance Policies to be Offered from April 1, 2021

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IRDA asks general & health insurers to launch ``standard travel product'’On December 28, 2020 The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India(IRDAI) issued an exposure draft on guidelines for standard travel insurance policies that is to be offered from April 1, 2021 by every general insurer and stand-alone health insurer.

IRDAI has asked all the stakeholders to comment/suggest on this exposure draft by 6th January, 2021.

Purpose of Exposure Draft– To have a standard travel insurance product with uniform coverage and policy wordings across the industry.



As per the exposure draft, insurers can launch 5 standard travel insurance plan variants under domestic travel and 4 plan variants under overseas category.

Standard travel insurance plan variant– Travel by any mode of public transport (Within City), Travel by any mode of public transport (Outside City), Train Journey,

Air-travel, Domestic Tours involving Road, Water, Train and Air travel

Overseas travel variants– Long-term Trip (Students), Short-term trip (Tours/Leisure)(Covers travel through Road, Water, Train and Air),

Multi-trip during policy period (Business), Coverage only for Travel (Onward & Return).

Age Restrictions

There is no age restriction for the products, but as per the draft guidelines the proposer(person who takes the insurance cover, he/she is also called the policyholder) must be of minimum of age 18 year old.

Policy period

The policy period of standard product is the only during the period of journey of policyholder


The product will also be offered on an individual, family floater and on group basis.


Pricing is to be determined by the insurer on the basis of covers proposed to be offered subject to complying with the norms specified in the IRDAI (Health Insurance) Regulations, 2016 (HIR, 2016) and Guidelines notified.


i.If the insured suffers from accidental bodily injury while overseas and this is the only and direct cause of his Death within 365 days period, the insurance company will pay

the amount stated as sum insured as compensation to the legal heirs/nominee.

ii.If a minor below 18 years of age has an accidental death, the maximum liability of the insurer would be limited to 50% of the sum insured.

iii.The company will pay the amount stated as sum insured as compensation, if the insured person of domestic travel insurance dies within 365 days from the date of the accident caused by the common carrier.

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About Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India(IRDAI):

It is a statutory body formed under an Act of Parliament, i.e., Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority Act, 1999 (IRDAI Act 1999).

Chairman – Subhash Chandra(C) Khuntia
Headquarters – Hyderabad, Telangana
Constituted– 1999(incorporated- April 2000)