FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Travel insurance an important consideration for any trip, and an increasing number of popular destinations in Europe, Asia, North and South America are now requiring that visitors provide proof of travel insurance before being admitted into their country.
The most recent on the list, according to Yonder Travel Insurance, is Ecuador, which moved to add proof of travel insurance to visa requirements on May 1st of this year.
Experts predict this trend will continue as more and more countries seek to ease the burden of unpaid medical bills left by tourists. Countries can incur these costly unpaid medical expenses via travelers who either take advantage of their free healthcare or who simply leave without paying the bill.
Of the countries that now require travel insurance, 26 of them are located in the Schengen area. These include: 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.
Somes countries will not require proof of travel insurance before granting you a visa. Upon arrival, however, they will require that you purchase insurance through a local provider. To avoid more expensive premiums, people should be sure to purchase their travel insurance in advance.
For further information on countries that require travel insurance as well as a list of countries pending this legislation, visit our travel blog.
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