According to the UN’s World Tourism Organization, Italy is ranked number 5 in the world as one of the top tourist destinations in 2009. And who could deny a trip to Italy – after all it is rich in art, food, and culture? In fact, Italy has more Unesco World Heritage sites than any other country with 44 sites in total.
While meandering down the streets of Rome, Milan, or Florence, you will soon realize that your planning was well worth your visit! That being said, Italy belongs to the Schengen agreement. As such, US citizens may enter Italy for up to 90 days as either a tourist or for business without a visa. Visits over 90 days may require a visa that will mandate proof of insurance. For non-US citizens, there are visa requirements which will also mandate insurance as well.
In either case, proof of health insurance must include medical and emergency coverage valid for the entire trip abroad. Travelers will be expected to provide a letter from the health insurance company stating coverage for medical expenses, hospitalization costs and repatriation for medical reasons. They have also declared that coverage for medical expenses must not be less than Euro 30.000 (or $50,000 USD).
One popular option is the Atlas Travel insurance plan that has been specifically customized to meet and exceed these minimum requirements. This health insurance for Italy is well designed for your trip as it includes doctor visits, hospitalization, prescription medication, emergency medical evacuation, repatriation, lost luggage, etc. Not only will it meet these listed requirements, but after you purchase the plan you will be able to access your account for a customized visa letter that you can print out to show your proof of insurance. This visa letter will be available to you immediately after you purchase the plan.
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