So how do you know which countries require insurance? You don’t, although so far only a handful of countries mandate this. There is no comprehensive place where you can find the answer to the question of whether you’ll be turned away without insurance.
But one is in the works, said Jenna Hummer, public relations director for Squaremouth, a travel insurance comparison site that is building a database. It could be ready by the end of this month, she said.
Until then, your best bet is to contact the embassy of the country you are visiting.
Some reasons to just say yes
There’s one way to be completely sure: Buy insurance anyway, including medical evacuation insurance in the event your injury or illness requires you to return home. Not only does it protect you from financial catastrophe but it also makes you trendy.