PRACTICE – Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, the list of countries requiring special coverage has been growing. With, sometimes, the obligation to cover health costs or even accommodation in quarantine.
This is a direct consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic: in principle optional, travel insurance covering any costs related to illness on site is now compulsory to visit certain countries, while international borders are opening up from more and more. And month after month, the list just keeps getting longer. If, before the health crisis, only six states asked tourists to provide a health insurance certificate (China, Russia, Cuba, Algeria, Mongolia and Saudi Arabia), this figure now reaches 39 destinations, many of which are very touristy (Thailand, Kenya, Cuba…).
In concrete terms, the authorities of the states concerned impose an insurance certificate with the mention “Covid” guaranteeing coverage of any on-site costs linked to the disease: quarantine in a hotel, medical repatriation… The document will be checked on more often when boarding the plane, more rarely when descending, and conditions…