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Global expat life insurance plans

Our global life plan is designed for expats who wish to ensure the people and things that matter the most are taken care of, should the worst happen. Since 1992, we constantly strive to improve our products and introduced key new features. You can take out cover up to 20x your salary to a maximum of $2m (5x salary for groups). Plans are available in US dollars, pounds sterling and Euros.

  • Cover when living & working abroad
  • US$250k life benefit starts at just US$22 per month
  • 95% of claims paid
    in the last 5 years

Who needs global life insurance?

People purchase life insurance because they want their family to have financial security if they die. Perhaps the payout from the life insurance would help pay off a mortgage, or cover the costs of private education for the children.

People purchase global life insurance for much the same reasons. But while regular life insurance only covers you for death in the country where you buy the insurance,  global life insurance is designed for people living and working abroad. So if you’re an expat or remote worker, or even if you spend much of the year travelling abroad, global life insurance might be a better fit for your financial planning.

Insure your life
up to US$2m

Insure your life up to US$2m and safeguard your family’s financial future should you pass away. With the option to add US$500k cover for accident insurance, we’re helping you build greater peace of mind that the future of your loved ones is secure, and their lifestyle protected.

Early payment
for terminal illness

If you’re diagnosed with a terminal illness reducing your life expectancy to 12 months or less, we will pay your life benefit early. That leaves you free to enjoy your time with your friends and family with the peace of mind that your lifestyle is secure.

Double your cover
for death by accident

With the optional accident benefit, your family will receive an additional cash lump sum if your death is caused by an accident. If you suffer a severe injury in an accident, we’ll pay the cash lump sum directly to you.

Peace of mind

We paid 95% of life insurance claims in the past 5 years. Our plans are backed by Allianz, so you can be confident in your cover.

Plans designed to suit different lifestyles and budgets

Life is complex, so we keep our insurance plans simple. Our plans are annually renewable, so you're not tied down to long, term-life policies. We can cover all different types of expats.

Professionals

Our plans are designed for professionals living and working abroad who wish to provide financial stability for their families.

Couples

You and your partner can take out separate policies in the manner of joint-life insurance.

Self-employed

We can provide you with cover if you run your own business.

Over 50s

You can purchase an insurance plan if you're between the ages of 18 and 69, and you can renew your plan until you reach age 70.

Companies

You add life insurance to your employees' benefits proposition, as long as 50% of the employees covered are expats.

How does global life insurance work?

When you purchase a global life insurance policy, you decide how much you wish to insure your life for, and who you want that money to go to if you die. As long as you pay your premiums each month, your nominated beneficiaries will receive a cash lump sum when you die.

If you’re diagnosed with a terminal illness, we’ll pay the cash lump sum before you die and directly to you. Paying early means you can dispense with your life benefit how and when you choose. We’ll pay your cash lump sum early if you’re diagnosed with a terminal illness with a prognosis of fewer than 12 months, so you can choose how and where to dispense the money.

There are different types of life insurance, for example, you may have heard of level term life insurance, decreasing term life insurance, and joint life insurance. We provide annually-renewable life insurance: you renew your policy each year without the need for medical questions or examinations, and your life benefit stays the same.

It’s essential to understand precisely what is covered and what isn’t covered by your international life insurance.

Cover Cause of death
Covered Common causes of death (cancer, heart attack, accident, illness)
Death while you’re living & working abroad
Death while you’re in your country of nationality
Covered after one year Suicide
Not typically covered Death from a pre-existing medical condition
Death from negligence, illegal activity, or drug or alcohol abuse
Death due to war or terrorism in a country the British FCO advises its citizens not to travel to
Death not reported to us within 12 months
Death while you’re in Iran, Libya, North Korea, South Sudan, Syria or Yemen

 

How much you’ll pay for your policy depends on your age, how much you cover you require, where you live, and your medical history.

Global Life Plan

Optional Accident Benefit

From US$7
per month
Example price for a 20 year old wishing to secure US$100,000 cover
From US$15
per month
Example price for a 40 year old wishing to secure US$100,000 cover
From US$14
per month
Example price for an 18-69 year old wishing to secure US$100,000 cover
  • Insure up to 20x your salary up to US$2,000,000 (limited to 5 x for group policies)
  • Portable worldwide coverage (with the exception of excluded countries)
  • Cover available for customers aged 18-69
  • Terminal illness cover: early payment of the life benefit upon diagnosis where the prognosis is 12 months or less
  • Cover available for individuals and groups
  • Up to US$500,000 additional accident cover
  • Portable worldwide coverage (with the exception of excluded countries)
  • Only available when bought with a global Life Cover policy
  • Our Accident Benefit will pay a cash benefit to your beneficiaries if you die as the result of an accident. Or, if you suffer a permanent disability, the benefit will be paid to you.
  • Cover available for individuals and groups

 

The following table gives you an idea of average monthly premiums for different age groups with a US$100,000 life benefit.

Age Average monthly premium ***
25 US$8
35 US$11
45 US$27
55 US$97
65 US$295
*** premium for a healthy person with a life benefit of US$100,000

 

In most cases, we can only provide life insurance to expats. By expat, we mean people living and working outside of their country of nationality (e.g., an Irish national living in China, an Italian national living in Canada).

Typically, our members reside permanently in a foreign country. But we can sometimes provide life insurance to people expecting to spend at least 6 months of the year living or travelling abroad. In certain countries, we can cover people living in the same country that issues their passport. These countries are Botswana, Kenya, Nigeria, Mauritius, Estonia and Malawi.

What is an Expat or Expatriate?

You’re covered if you die as a result of infection by coronavirus (COVID-19) as you would be for any other viral infection provided you don’t have any relevant exclusions on your Certificate of Insurance.

COVID-19 AND OUR INSURANCE PLANS

When I made the call, Maggie was very considerate & supportive. She was professional & clear on guiding me through the various steps. I just felt I should share my experience & say that should you need to claim, the support is there to guide us through this difficult period.

Seth Underwood William Russell Member, Bulgaria

Perks of being a
William Russell Member

Transparency matters to us

Insurance is about trust, so we believe in being fair and open. This belief informs our idea of insurance as a partnership between our members and us. That’s why we’re completely upfront with our life plans, and we want you to understand precisely what you’re buying.

We’re committed to fairness

Insurance is expensive, and – sadly – costs are on the up. We do everything possible to spread this inflation fairly. We calculate premiums with a long-term, sustainable pricing model. And you can tailor your plan to help reduce your premium without compromising your cover.

We believe in people

Some insurers rely on AI and Big Data to do their work for them. We think differently. Insurance is a highly personal experience, so it deserves a personal service. We’re a team of real people, at the end of a phone call when you really need us. We don’t hide behind call centres or bot webchats.

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