42 countries require travel insurance for travelers

Before the Covid-19 crisis, only 6 countries required travel insurance from travelers: Algeria, Saudi Arabia, China, Cuba, Mongolia and Russia. But that era is over. From now on, more than forty destinations require travelers to take out travel insurance in order to cover any costs in the event of contamination with Covid-19.

Which countries now require travelers to take out travel insurance?

Travel insurance is in theory optional… But less and less since the start of the Covid-19 crisis. Indeed, more and more countries are establishing a travel insurance requirement for foreign visitors. And this is in addition to any requirements for health passes, vaccinations, tests, quarantine periods…

Thus, you will have to show your credentials and take out travel insurance to travel to the following 42 destinations:

  • Europe: Russia, Ukraine
  • Africa: Algeria, Benin, Cape Verde, Djibouti, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Togo, Seychelles
  • Americas: Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil (for trips over 90 days only), Costa Rica (unless if fully vaccinated), Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Turks and Caicos Islands, Paraguay, Saint- Martin, Salvador
  • Asia: Saudi Arabia, Cambodia, Chile, China, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand


Get the right travel insurance

Remember that some insurance companies may refuse to insure you under certain conditions. This is for example the case for the the elderly : often, insurers refuse to insure the over 70s. Traveling could therefore be complicated for people of this age wishing to go to one of the above-named destinations.

To find the right contract, adapted to your profile and your needs, and to avoid unpleasant surprises, you should therefore be well informed. With a travel insurance simulation, you will be able to find a quote that suits you in a few minutes. The insurer will then contact you to finalize the contract. So you can travel with peace of mind!

Insurance to cover costs in the event of Covid-19 contamination

Travel insurance traditionally covers claims such as trip cancellations, theft or loss of personal property during the journey or during the stay and can also cover medical care, medication and hospitalization costs. This last aspect is crucial when you go to certain countries where health costs can be very high: United States, Canada, Japan, Thailand… Especially since some countries require that the insurance explicitly mentions Covid-19.

The insurance obligation for the countries concerned anticipates above all the possible costs in the event of hospitalization, hotel nights to be added in the event of quarantine, or even repatriation. Moreover, some ask for a threshold of support. To go to Thailand for example, medical expenses must be covered up to $50,000.

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