ST. PETERSBURG, FL July 17, 2012 – With the approaching 2012 Olympics, many people are preparing to travel to London to watch the games. Squaremouth.com, a travel insurance comparison site, has recently received many questions regarding travel requirements for European countries. “Many travelers are confused whether visas or medical insurance are required for their trips,” says Chris Harvey, CEO of Squaremouth. “Citizens of the United States and Canada will be pleased to discover they are not required to obtain a visa for travel to the United Kingdom as tourists.”
However, travelers should note that if they plan to visit other European countries while abroad, specifically any countries in the Schengen area, they will be required to hold a passport that is valid for three months beyond their proposed stay. After entering any one of the 25 Schengen countries, a U.S. citizen may travel to and between any of the other Schengen countries for up to 90 continuous days without being subject to border controls.
Conversely, if a traveler is not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, it is important they check with the embassy of their main destination in order to determine whether a Schengen visa is required. In the event one is necessary, travelers will also need to produce proof of at least €30,000 of emergency medical and medical evacuation coverage. “Since most medical insurance policies do not cover overseas care, it is important to purchase a travel insurance policy that includes medical coverage in these situations,” explains Harvey.
When purchasing insurance, remember that a more expensive policy doesn’t necessarily deliver the best coverage. Squaremouth.com provides visitors with the tools to compare and select policies based on specific needs. This makes it possible to find the best policy at the lowest price and helps travelers avoid purchasing unnecessary coverage. If a traveler just needs enough insurance to obtain a Schengen visa, there is no need to buy a costly, full coverage policy. Squaremouth’s search function allows visitors to research only policies that have the coverage they want, helping them to spend less of their travel dollars on insurance, and more of them on vacation.
For more information regarding Schengen countries and visa requirements, visit the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Embassy website page.
Squaremouth is America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, helping customers instantly quote, compare and buy policies from every major carrier. The company is headquartered in St. Petersburg, FL., with offices in Fort Wayne, IN.
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