If you are planning a trip, to study abroad, or if you have a working holiday visa in the near future, make sure to check the entry requirements of your destination country. You may be required to have a visa, a full vaccination schedule and travel insurance covering Covid-19 in some countries.
What is Covid-19 travel insurance?
Travel insurance covers your health costs abroad, pays for your hospital expenses and repatriation in the event of a health emergency. However, prior to 2020, epidemics were generally excluded from insurance plans...
In view of the requirements of more and more countries, medical expenses related to Covid-19 are now covered by most travel insurances: care following an infection, or even tests and vaccines, depending on the cover provided by the plan and the regulations of the countries visited.
> Good to know: even if your destination does not require you to have insurance in this respect, be careful! Because in the absence of suitable cover, you will have to pay all the costs if you become ill or are a contact of someone who tested positive abroad.
In which countries is Covid insurance compulsory?
Here is a list of the main countries for which Covid-19 travel insurance is a condition of entry. Your certificate must be in English and explicitly specify "Covid-19".
If you are planning a trip in the near future, we recommend that you contact the Ministry of Tourism of your destination country directly, since Covid-19 restrictions and rules applicable in each country change rapidly.
If you wish to travel to Europe, Covid-19 travel insurance is not mandatory, but a negative PCR test or a full vaccination schedule will usually be required.
Covid-19 travel insurance is currently only required for travel to Ukraine.
Many Asian countries require travel insurance that explicitly covers Covid-19. To enter these countries, it is essential to have a certificate of insurance translated into English, especially in the following countries:
- Saudi Arabia;
- Laos: your insurance must cover you for a minimum of $50,000;
- Nepal, for unvaccinated people;
- The Philippines: the minimum coverage limit is $35,000;
- Oman: medical cover must be for at least one month;
- Singapore, with a minimum coverage of $30,000;
- Thailand, with a minimum coverage of $20,000.
Many Central and South American countries also require tourists to take out travel insurance to cover medical costs in the event of Covid-19 infection.
- Belize, where tourists are required to take out the insurance offered by the government;
- The Bahamas, where Covid insurance is included in the price of the visa;
- Brazil, only for stays longer than 90 days;
- Chile, with a minimum coverage of $30,000;
- Costa Rica, only for unvaccinated persons, with a minimum coverage of $50,000;
- Turks and Caicos Islands;
- Sint Maarten, only in the Dutch part;
- El Salvador.
In North America, Covid-19 travel insurance is not mandatory for travel to the United States, Mexico or Canada. However, there are requirements for vaccinations and negative tests.
Some African countries have also introduced compulsory Covid-19 travel insurance. You will need to present a certificate to travel to the following countries:
- Algeria: the reference to "Covid" is not compulsory on the travel insurance certificate;
- Cape Verde;
- Seychelles ;
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