Many expats are unaware that not having the proper expatriate health insurance in place can ruin your travel plans. How awful would it be to finally arrive at your destination after a long flight and be refused entry into the country simply because you did not have the proper expat health insurance in place? Unfortunately, that is a very real problem that many uniformed, or misinformed, expats has had to deal with.

So what happens if you don’t have the required international medical insurance in place? In most cases your only option is to turn around and fly back to the country you came from. So not only have you just wasted time flying in a circle but you are now out the cost of those flights as well.

Where can this happen? You would be surprised how many countries have health insurance requirements for foreign residents. Abu Dhabi, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, France and the Netherlands all have legal health insurance requirements for expats residing in their country. And to make matters worse, the requirements are very between the different countries!

Advice for expats? First, and foremost, make sure you research the international health insurance requirements of the country you are travelling too. Second, always purchase your insurance before your departure. If you are not sure where to look, or what to look for, it’s always best to contact an expat medical insurance specialist for advice so you don’t end up wasting your time and money.

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