Some countries have decided to tighten their entry rules following the Covid-19 pandemic. More than forty now require insurance covering medical expenses, even repatriation.
Algeria, Bahamas, Philippines… So many countries popular with tourists who are tightening access to their territory. The Omicron wave has caused a new upheaval in tourism policies around the globe. Because if the borders reopen, it is not unconditional. Considered in principle as optional, travel insurance that can cover possible medical expenses related to Covid-19 has become compulsory in 41 countries.
Mainly located in Asia, America or Africa, these states sometimes impose strict conditions on coverage: care and hospitalization, quarantine, medical repatriation. Of course, the rules are different depending on the territory. The Argentine Embassy in France specifies that all travelers must “ppresent a document certifying that you have medical assistance insurance covering hospitalization, isolation and medical transfer benefits for those who test positive, suspects or close contacts». For Thailand, medical insurance is required with a minimum coverage of 50,000 dollars (about 44,000 euros).
Variable offers in France
So, how to insure yourself to travel serenely? It is recommended to call your bank first. Indeed, some credit card offers (Visa, Mastercard, etc.) already allow you to meet all the conditions.
Another solution: take out a contract with an insurer. According to the online comparator Insurly, three companies offer these services for trips of less than 90 days. The price range is very wide depending on the country of destination, the profile of the insured or the duration of the trip. For example, a 70-year-old man will pay 186.30 euros for a three-month stay in Israel, while a 22-year-old will pay 54 euros to discover Thailand for three weeks.
here is the complete list of the 41 countries imposing Covid-19 travel insurance: