Many of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, such as Rome and Paris, among many others, are located in countries that are part of the Schengen region.
If you are traveling to any of the 26 countries within the Schengen region and you are not a citizen of the United States or a European country, you must have adequate travel medical insurance when you apply for your visa in order to be approved. This applies for travelers visiting the region for tourism or for business travel.
The 26 Schengen Countries
The following countries are the 26 that make up the Schengen region: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Travel Medical Insurance Requirements for Schengen Countries
The Schengen Agreement was made to abolish border controls between European countries to allow travel between those countries, as long as a Schengen visa is obtained. This visa, requires travelers to have medical travel insurance.
In order to successfully obtain the Schengen visa, travelers are typically required to have medical coverage that lasts for their entire stay in the Schengen territory. For those who do not have primary medical coverage from another source that will cover them, a travel insurance policy with $50,000 of Emergency Medical and Medical Evacuation benefits typically satisfies requirements.
Schengen visa applicants must prove that they are in possession of adequate and valid medical travel insurance to cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment, according to the Directive of the European Council.
For more information about the Schengen visa, please visit Squaremouth’s Schengen Visa Documentation page.
Click here for a comprehensive list of countries that require travel insurance.