When you’re travelling to Europe this summer time, be ready for extra border crossing restrictions than you’ll have been accustomed to in previous years, be sure that your documentation is updated, and be sure you have proof of personal supplemental travel well being insurance that meets EU requirements (€30,000 to €40,000 in protection).
Due to the persevering with menace of terrorist exercise, many EU nations have reintroduced border inspections and so that you must be ready to point out passports, any related visas that apply, and no matter paperwork border brokers ask for.
For instance, if travelling to Russia to go to household or family for greater than three months you’ll have to point out proof of latest unfavorable HIV or TB testing. The identical is true of Egypt if you happen to’re planning a keep of 30 days or extra.
When you’re travelling to the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, or Bulgaria, you could be requested to point out proof of well being insurance that covers you for the whole lot your keep. Your provincial well being insurance card received’t do. And if you happen to don’t have such proof, you could be required to purchase protection regionally or at a state-sponsored company proper on the border.
The excessive protection ranges supplied by Canadian travel insurers will greater than meet all such necessities, however be sure you carry your insurance card with you (greatest to hold your precise coverage). Simply telling the border agent you could have protection received’t do.
For instance, Bulgaria requires not solely proof of supplemental insurance, however proof that it covers as much as at the very least €30,000 in addition to repatriation advantages by business air or air ambulance.
And likewise remember that there are nonetheless nations in Europe—primarily some within the east or within the Balkans—the place medical companies are nicely under Canada’s requirements, and your solely protected possibility in case of medical emergency is air repatriation—both house to Canada or to a extra developed European nation. Both method, this can be a very costly different if it’s important to pay out of pocket.
Due to persevering with issues about terrorist actions, the free entry of travellers throughout EU borders shouldn’t be as free at it was—topic to frequent re-impositions of border controls by particular person nations. So be ready for interruptions in your deliberate itinerary: take further money, funds extra time for delays, and don’t overlook to register with Journey Canada if you happen to’re journeying by a number of nations. Registration can hold you related to your authorities and to your loved ones at house.
Additionally anticipate adjustments in entry/exit necessities of any nations you may be visiting or transiting between the time you make your preparations and really travel. Earlier than you permit, and even when you are travelling, keep related to Journey Canada Advisories and click on on entry/exit necessities to remain updated on what to anticipate on the subsequent cease in your itinerary. It’s an in depth as your smartphone or iPad.
We’ll be updating adjustments to frame rules all through the summer time. Stick with us.
Within the meantime, browse your travel insurance choices right here.