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.

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The Schengen Visa - what is it?

Back in 1995 a treaty was signed that created a common border between most countries in Europe. Back then, 26 countries signed on this. As of 2024, 29 countries are a part of it. This treaty is known as the Schengen Agreement and essentially it means that when you cross the border into one of these 29 countries, you’re in them all (that is, you're free to travel between these countries with no border controls and no passport checks). The only countries in Europe that are not part of this agreement are Cyprus and Ireland.

These 29 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 all depends on where you're from and what countries you'll be visiting in Europe.

So what are the Schengen countries?

Here's the list of the 29 countries that are part of this Schengen Agreement (and all have the same visa):

A Austria B Belgium, Bulgaria C Croatia, 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 R Romania S Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

Will you need a Schengen visa?

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:

  • your passport must be valid for at least six months at the time of your entry. Your airline may not let you board otherwise and/or you could be denied entry upon arrival in the Schengen Area .
  • if you spend three months in the Schengen area during any six-month period, you must wait another three months from the last date of departure from the Schengen area before you can enter again without a visa.
  • it's still highly recommended to keep your passport on you when you travel to a new country within the Schengen Area. While unlikely, officials could reinstate border controls without notice.

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.

Does World Nomads travel insurance meet the Schengen visa requirements?

Yes…it does!

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.

A true claims story

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.
U.S. resident in Spain

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