Planning a trip to Europe? You may need a Schengen visa, so read on to find out more and how World Nomads travel insurance can help.
Back in 1995 a treaty was signed that created a common border between 26 countries in Europe. This treaty is known as the Schengen Agreement and essentially it means that when you cross the border into one of these 26 countries, you’re in them all (that is, you're free to travel between these countries with no border controls and no passport checks).
These 26 countries in the 'Schengen Area' also agreed on a common visa application form for visitors from outside the area. So if your travels are taking you to Europe you might need to apply for this 'Schengen visa'. We say 'might' because not everyone needs one.......it all depends on where you're from and what countries you'll be visiting in Europe.
Here's the list of the 26 countries where you might need a Schengen visa if you want to visit:
A Austria B Belgium C Czech Republic D Denmark E Estonia F Finland, France G Germany, Greece H Hungary I Iceland, Italy L Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein M Malta N Netherlands, Norway P Poland, Portugal S Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
Whether you need a Schengen visa or not depends on your nationality.
If you are a US citizen with a US passport traveling to Schengen countries for business or tourism, you will not need a visa as long as your stay does not exceed 90 days within a six-month period.
But keep these conditions in mind:
If you plan to stay in the Schengen area longer than three months, contact the embassy of the country where you plan to spend the majority of your time to apply for a visa.
In all cases, make sure you get your passport stamped when you enter your first Schengen country, especially if you’re departing from a different one, because they’ll have no record of how you got in, or when, and you’ll have all sorts of questions to answer about being an illegal arrival.
If you are from one of the countries that requires a Schengen visa, you need to prove that you have adequate travel insurance that is valid for the entire period of your stay (or transit) in the Schengen area.
World Nomads travel insurance policies do provide this cover (in fact, they cover much more than the required EUR €30,000) and therefore it should be accepted as part of your Schengen visa application.
Never travel without insurance. This was the first time I ever purchased travel insurance and I am so glad I did. A few days into my trip to Spain I twisted my foot heading down to the metro. Thanks to World Nomads I was able to get medical attention in Spain and since, as luck would have it, I had a fracture that required surgery, they got me a flight home the next day. Filing a claim was surprisingly easy and when the claim was finally processed, I was reimbursed for all of my expenses including things like the extra week in the hotel I didn't get to take advantage of.
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