Beautiful beaches, luxury resorts, and well-known cities like Istanbul have placed Turkey among the world’s most popular destinations. In the past year, the number of travelers going to Turkey has increased by 76% over the previous year, according to Squaremouth sales data. These travelers are taking longer trips and spending more money on their vacations, with the average trip cost increasing by 52% over the past year.
As tourism has increased in Turkey, so has the total of medical costs for treating visitors. Therefore, it is a requirement for travelers from outside countries to purchase medical travel insurance in order to be granted access into Turkey.
How much medical coverage do I need?
While having some medical coverage for a trip to Turkey is required to gain entry, there is not a specific required amount. The only specific requirement is that the insurance must last for the entire trip, from start to finish.
However, because of the potential for high medical coverage during an international trip, Squaremouth recommends travelers visiting Turkey buy a travel insurance policy with at least $50,000 in Emergency Medical coverage, and at least $100,000 in Medical Evacuation coverage. This coverage is reimbursement-based, meaning the traveler is typically required to pay their medical expenses upfront and require for reimbursement when they return home.
The Emergency Medical benefit of travel insurance can reimburse travelers for the costs of medical treatment in the event of an illness or injury during their trip. This includes physician services, ambulance expenses, and other costs of treatment.
The Medical Evacuation benefit can transport a traveler to the nearest adequate hospital in the event of a medical emergency. If the treating physician determines the traveler should return home for better treatment, this benefit can also cover those costs.
Do I need other travel insurance benefits?
Medical travel insurance is the only coverage required in order for a traveler to enter Turkey, however, most travel insurance policies are comprehensive and include a variety of other benefits, without increasing the cost of a policy. This includes coverage for travel delays and lost or delayed luggage.
Travelers visiting Turkey also have the option to insure their trip costs under the Trip Cancellation benefit. This benefit can reimburse all of their prepaid and non-refundable trip payments if they need to cancel due to an illness or injury, inclement weather, or terrorist incident, among other events.
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