Europe is a popular destination for all sorts of travelers casual vacationers, business people, students, backpackers and luxury-seekers all flock to Europe's world-class cities and famous landmarks. From the fine cuisine of Paris, France to the Muscovy towers of Moscow, Russia, there is something in Europe to enchant and delight each visitor to the continent.
Europe contains the following countries:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Czech Republic*
*Schengen Visa Country
** Andorra and Vatican City, although not technically Schengen Visa countries, are only accessible through France, Spain and Italy. Therefore, you will need a Schengen Visa to access these areas even though they do not officially require the visa.
Do You Need Travel Insurance?
With so many countries packed into a relatively small landmass, borders and visas can sometimes be hard to navigate. Luckily, many European countries have come together and agreed on one visa that allows visitors to travel freely between 26 European countries.
To receive a Schengen Visa, you must prove that you have travel insurance that includes medical coverage and evacuation. Russia and Turkey also require visitors to have travel insurance in order to obtain a visa to enter the country. Effectively, you will need travel insurance in order to travel through most of Europe.
Even if you are visiting a country that does not require you to purchase travel insurance, you may find yourself wanting to visit a nearby country for a few days or even a few hours. If that country requires a travel insurance plan, it is ideal to have one so that you keep your options open. For example, if you are visiting the U.K. for three weeks, you are not required to carry health insurance. But if you decide to take a weekend trip to France (a trip which can take as little as an hour) you will need a travel insurance plan. To keep your options open, it is a good idea to carry health insurance that will not only protect you in the event of accident or injury, but will also allow you the flexibility to make the most of your trip.
That stated, citizens of many countries do not need a Schengen Visa to enter the area. Most countries in North and South America, including Canada, Mexico and the United States, can enter the Schengen area without a visa. Citizens of most African and Asian countries, however, will need this visa and are therefore required to carry travel medical insurance for the duration of their stay. For more information and to see if you need a visa for your trip to Europe, check the Schengen Visas official site.