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TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR SPAIN

When you think of Spain, what do you think of first - siestas, fiestas or flamenco?! Scroll on down for our handy guide to one of the world's most popular travel destinations. Zoom's Spain travel insurance has you covered for any unexpected holiday hurdles. Cover includes medical expenses should you fall sick or become injured, as well as cover for trip cancellation, lost luggage, family emergencies and more! What are you waiting for? Zoom to it!

WHY BUY WITH ZOOM

Medical cover

medical cover

Relax knowing that your hospital expenses are covered with Zoom's unlimited medical coverage. Zoom to top notch cover!

travel delays

Travel delays

Setbacks on your sojourn are never much fun. Cover your Spanish travel disruptions in a flash with Zoom travel cover. We keep things zippy!

luggage cover

LUGGAGE COVER

Your stuff is precious and we get that. Take off on your European adventure knowing your luggage is protected with Zoom.

Family emergencies

Family emergencies

Had to rush home or cancel your trip due to a family emergency? We'll cover your non-refundable deposits so you can focus on the rest.

kids go free

kids go free

Family holiday to Europe? Save your euros with all dependants under 21 included under your policy at no additional cost.

Car Hire Excess

rental car excess

Driving from Sierra Nevada to Málaga? Our rental vehicle excess add-on is a must for roadtripping travellers.

easy claims

easy claims

We've done away with lengthy forms and have kept our claims process simple. We guarantee to assess fully documented claims in a flash.

Car Hire Excess

Peace Of Mind

Zoom to Zen. You can sit back and relax on your holiday knowing that Zoom travel insurance is backed by Lloyd’s of London, one of the world’s most trusted insurers.

SPAIN QUICK GUIDE

One of Europe's cultural crown jewels, Spain is home to both breathtaking millenia-spanning architecture and some of modern art's most influencial names. One of the first truly global empires, it has conquered and been conquered, and left an undeniable mark on the tapestry of the world. 

Go on, zoom to Spain and find out for yourself!

No matter which kind of German experience you're planning, Zoom can cover your trip with a range of plans.  You can minimise your costs with Medical Only cover, or choose to buy Comprehensive Travel Insurance for extra protection to cover things like travel delays and cancellation. Compare Zoom's Travel Insurance plans online today.

VISAS FOR SPAIN

Aussies and Kiwis visiting Spain score up to 90 days visa free before you either need to apply for one, or leave the Schengen Area. If you leave the area for 180 days, you can come back for another 90 visa-free days. Too easy! 

While you might not need a visa, you do need to have:
- Hold a passport with at least six months validity on entry
- Hold proof of sufficient funds in the form of a bank statement or cash
- Hold return airline tickets/proof of onward travel
- Hold documents showing proof of purpose of trip
- Hold all documents and visas required for the next destination, if applicable

These rules can change quickly. Contact your nearest Spanish Embassy or Consulate before you travel for the most up to date information.

ON ARRIVAL

Madrid and Barcelona take in the majority of international travel, but Europe's competitive budget airline market has opened up regional airports. If going from Madrid's airport to the city, take the free shuttle to Terminal 4, then catch the light rail (metro ligero) to any of the city stops for around €5. If you're heading from Barcelona's airport to the city, the airport train runs twice every hour to the city and takes around 25 minutes. 

GETTING AROUND

There are a confusing assortment of services offered by Spain's rail operator, Renfe, but they will take you almost anywhere worth going to. Their website has an English language version, and you can buy tickets and print them out before you leave. Advanced bookings are required for long-distance and even some shorter regional trips, and if you book early enough, you can save up to 60%!

There are also hundreds of bus companies which operate in Spain, which are a great, low-cost way to see the countryside. Be aware that many bus tickets are only available for a specific time, and are not valid for a different trip - always check what type of ticket you are buying.

Ferries are a great way to get to Spain's famous holiday islands, Ibiza and Majorca, as well as Morocco and Algeria!

BEST TIME TO VISIT

This really depends where is Spain you're going - the south's Mediterranean climate keeps it warm almost all year round, so it's great spot to head if you're going in shoulder or low season. Central Spain in contrast has notable extremes - overbearing heat in summer and icy winters - and you can even see snow-covered mountains on the border of Spain and France in December and January.

As a general rule, the coast has the biggest crowds during August, as this is when many Spaniards and Europeans go on holiday, while travellers in the shoulder seasons of April-May and September-October often find the weather more bareable and prices more affordable.

WHERE TO GO

A tourist magnet full of art, arcitecture and athletes, Barcelona is home to one of the best football teams in the world, as well as one of Spain's most influential architects, Antoni Guadi. See the UNESCO-listed Basilica de la Sagrada Familia - the cathedral which Gaudi spent more than four decades working on, and remains uncompleted today - or the Park Guell, a surrealist garden and architectural park also designed by Gaudi. Art lovers should also check out the Picasso Museum. 

Do you like throwing tomatoes at strangers? Then you'll love the La Tomatina festival in Buñol, near Valencia. Held since 1945 on the last Wednesday of August (and banned several times since then!),  around 20 000 people pile into this tiny town of around 9000 to throw over 120 tons of squashed tomatoes at each other.

Less built up than the Alps, the Pyrenees Mountains are perfect for skiers and hikers, but also history and architecture enthusiasts,with Roman ruins, Medieval monestaries and other first-rate culture hotspots.

While savvy travellers have known this little secret for decades, Seville is 'on the map' right now as the site of Game of Thrones' southern kingdom, Dorne. With its incredible examples of Gothic and Moorish architecture - noteably the Seville Cathedral and the Alcazar complex - and charming bars, churches, and markets, it is clear why Seville is a must-visit destination this year.

MUST KNOW TIPS

The famous siesta is real! After lunch, many shops, offices and restaurants close and don't open again until around 4. So have a big lunch - because dinner is going to be late! Dinner can start as late as 10pm and go for many hours - a great opportunity to socialise and practice your language skills.

Tipping here isn't expected, but is appreciated. Make sure you don't 'double tip' though - some restaurants will have a tip, service charge or gratiuity on the bill. 

Thanks to its rich history and strong regional identities, Spanish isn't the only language spoken widely here. Barcelonian's speak Catalan, while those in Galicia speak Gallego and many residents in San Sebastian speak Basque. Many people in these regions do not consider themselves Spanish, so it is often sensitive and respectful to learn more local greetings.

While now around 80% of Spaniards identify as Catholic, Spain was under Moorish (North African Muslim) rule for over 800 years. This cultural heritage appears everywhere, with Arabic influences on the Spanish language, music and architecture.

ZOOMING ELSEWHERE?

Are you planning to zoom somewhere else on your holidays? Whether you're holidaying to experience the Chinese culture or sensational Singapore, we've got plenty of helpful advice on other popular travel destinations to check out. What are you waiting for? Zoom to it!
 

SPAIN TRAVEL INSURANCE FAQs

Got some curly questions in regards to your Spain travel insurance cover?
Be in the the know before you go with answers to the most common queries below.

  • Am I covered medically while holidaying in Spain?
  • Yes, all our policies cover for unlimited medical coverage. Zoom provides cover for your overseas medical expenses including hospital stays, surgery, doctor visits, emergency evacuation and repatriation home if required. We can provide written guarantees of payment of reasonable expenses directly with your hospital in emergency situations. Phew!

  • What happens if I need medical assistance in Spain?
  • Have complete peace of mind on your Spanish adventure. Zoom provides immediate support through our emergency assistance provider, First Assistance. Help is just a phone call away, any time of day, 365 days a year. This includes access to medical advisors, medical transfers and emergency evacuation if required. We also assist with passing on messages to family and returning unsupervised dependants back to Australia.

  • How do alcohol and drugs affect my cover?
  •  When it comes to alcohol we advise you to drink in moderation. One too many vermouths could see you jeopardizing your cover. Please note that we may exclude any claims where excessive drugs or alcohol have been involved.

  • I have high value items; how much can I insure them for?
  • If you have an expensive item that you just can’t leave behind you can insure it separately for up to $5,000. Please note that high value item cover is only available under our comprehensive plan.

  • Am I covered for pickpocketing in Spain?
  • Yes, you’re covered for pickpocketing or muggings, provided of course you were acting with reasonable care (i.e. did not leave your belongings unattended). If you’re the victim of a pickpocket, you’d be covered for loss, theft and damage to your luggage and personal effects. If you are robbed, it’s important that you get a police report and contact us as soon as possible.

  • What age limits apply to Zoom travel insurance policies?
  • You must be under the age of 85 to buy a policy with Zoom. Those under 79 years can purchase a policy for a maximum trip duration of 365 days. Those aged between 80-85 years can purchase a policy for a maximum trip duration of 184 days only. You must also be under the age of 69 to purchase our add-on ski or adventure packs.

  • Which pre-existing conditions does Zoom cover?
  • We automatically cover 36 pre-existing medical conditions with no medical assessments or lengthy medical forms to complete. For further information and a full list of covered conditions head to our pre-existing medical conditions page.

  • Can I reduce my excess with Zoom products?
  • Yes you can reduce the standard excess of $200 by paying a excess reduction fee within the payment process. 

  • What is a dependant?
  • This means your dependant children or grandchildren under the age of 21 at the date of policy issue who are travelling with you.