It is highly recommendable that you arrange a suitable travel insurance when planning your elective abroad. Doing a medical elective abroad involves different risks than travelling as a tourist. It is important to take these additional risks into account.
Before purchasing a travel insurance package you should make sure to check that it sufficiently covers all the necessary aspects of your trip.
Some popular worldwide travel insurance options for volunteers and interns abroad:
- World Nomads is a flexible travel insurance provider that includes 24/7 medical and emergency assistance and evacuation.
- CareMed Insurance for educational travel provides coverage for healthcare, accidents, evacuations and baggage insurance.
- If you are a member of the UK Royal College of Nursing you can access information on various discounts on travel insurances available to you when travelling abroad.
- Travel Insurance is an online travel insurance comparison engine.
- Worldwide Insurance
- World First
If you are planning to travel to a country within the European Economic Area (EEA), and you are already insured by any of the European Union member states’ social security systems, you should be able to apply for the free European Health Insurance Card. This card will allow you to access state-provided medical healthcare in your host country either for free or at a reduced cost. You can apply for the cards through your national health insurance provider. Note that this card does not replace a travel insurance, so you will still have to buy a travel insurance separately. For more information click here.