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Countries starting to require medical or COVID insurance when traveling

Countries starting to require medical or COVID insurance when traveling
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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – As coronavirus restrictions are lifted across the country, more families will be planning the vacations.

Some of them will head out of Michigan or even the country.

We have received a lot of emails at FOX 17 troubleshooters in the past year where travelers have not received refunds on flights or hotels they booked due to COVID.

If you are planning to leave the country, purchasing travel insurance may help relieve any future stress especially if you get sick.

Goose Insurance was launched with a mobile app from Canada in 2018.

“Unfortunately, in the United States, we typically buy travel insurance associated with flight cancellations and trip interruptions. The most expensive item if you get sick is travel medical insurance,” said Omar Kiwan, co-founder of Goose Insurance.

That’s why his company offers both out-of-state and out-of-state COVID-19 and medical insurance.

Both are required in some countries such as the Bahamas, Costa Rica and Bermuda even if you are visiting for a few days.

It is not currently required for Mexico but is still recommended.

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“They are financially responsible and it can be as simple as taking a day trip to Mexico or when you open the border coming to Canada, you are still responsible for medical travel,” Kiwan said.

Some countries require you to have COVID-19 insurance which will cover your emergency medical care and even some quarantine benefits.

“So, for example, if you were going to the Caribbean now and if you contracted COVID-19 and had to quarantine, this policy would cover your hotel stay, meals, accommodations, etc.,” Kiwan said.

A typical hospital stay outside of your state or country can cost thousands. If you’re in the hospital for a few days or more, these bills add up quickly.

“They require many visitors from many parts of the world to already have proper travel medical insurance,” Kiwan said, “so this applies to all international travelers.”

With the lifting of quarantine, countries are making sure that visitors are not a burden on their medical system. You never know when an accident might happen or when your trip might be cut off.

“It’s really important because most US residents don’t actually know that their extended medical plan, Medicare, Medicaid, whatever plan they use may not cover them when they travel outside the US,” Kewan said.

The US government does not provide medical insurance to citizens abroad, nor does it pay medical bills.

That’s why the US State Department recommends that whatever company you do business with, the policy fits your needs.

With Goose Insurance, you are not required to get physical. You can get $250,000 in coverage in the US and up to $5 million if you’re traveling to another country.

“We’ve all been in this lockdown for a very long time and looking forward to travel, which is we’re looking at this new medical aspect of emergency travel for things that are becoming much more needed,” Kiwan said.

Goose Insurance is just one of several companies that offer this insurance, so do your homework and choose a plan that fits your needs and budget.

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