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Definitions in the world of insurance policies can be overwhelming. When signing up for travel health insurance, many insurance providers ask you about your home country. But what is the home country for long-term traveling nomads? Or for nomads who don't have residence anymore? Let's find out.

🏡 What is your home country?

Your home country is the country where you have access to

  • friends and/or family
  • national health care
  • long stays due to residence status, or citizenship

Your home country does not need to be necessarily

  • the country where you were born
  • the country you are staying in at this moment
  • the country of your citizenship/passport (check this with your insurance provider)

Make sure to check what the insurance provider means when asking for your home country.

🧸 Considerations before choosing a home country

  • The cover period of your travel health insurance plan in your home country will be most likely limited. This home country cover is called an incidental home country cover and varies from insurance provider to insurance provider. In many cases, the incidental home country cover is 14 or 30 days.
  • In the event that recovery abroad (in any country but your home country) is going to take a long time, you might consider being transported back to your home country for the extended time you need for the full treatment. The home country should be the country covering long-stay recovery and one's disease.  

With that in mind, our advice for you is to keep health cover in your home country apart from your travel health insurance which is designed to cover you for accidents and illness outside of your home country.

The important takeaway is that your travel health insurance does not replace the insurance cover of your home country (apart from the length of the incidental home country cover).

📎 Checklist

  • How often will you visit your home country? Keep in mind that you are only covered for a short period of time (e.g. 42 days per 180 consecutive days).
  • How long will you stay in your home country per visit?
  • How long are you allowed to stay in your home country? Keep in mind that chronic illness or severe accidents might require a long stay to cover the recovery period.
  • How easy do you have access to your home country's national health insurance scheme?
  • How will you be affected by your travel health insurance when you are a non-resident of your home country?
  • How will you be affected by your home country's national health insurance scheme when you are a non-resident?

It is necessary that you estimate realistically how much time you plan to spend in your home country per year. You want to choose a country where you can stay an indefinite amount of time, have friends and family, and have easy access to the national health care system.

☂️ Home country explained for Genki World Explorer

Genki defines the home country as the country where you have friends and family, a place to stay without visa requirements, and access to local healthcare. You can choose what your home country is.

  • Incidental home country cover: 42 days per 180 consecutive days.
  • Only accidents and life-threatening emergencies are covered during these 42 days.
  • The insurance cover in your home country will only start after you come back to your home country after being abroad.

For example, Genki offers home country cover for up to 42 days per 180 days. Several home country holidays are possible as long as the overall duration does not exceed 42 days within 180 days. Please note that Genki covers accidents and emergencies only.

When you are covered with Genki World Explorer, you don't need to be registered in your home country. But you need to ensure that you have access to your home country's health care system if you need medical treatments that exceed 42 days.

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🛟 Travel health insurance - Genki World Explorer

Genki offers travel health insurance for digital nomads and long-term travelers.

  • Region of cover: Worldwide. Every single country. Choose to flexibly include or exclude USA & Canada, depending on your travel.
  • Period of cover: With Genki World Explorer you are covered for up to 2 years. After 2 years, you can simply renew to a new plan.
  • Home country: Your chosen home country should be a country where you have no visa restriction and access to the national health system. However, visiting friends and family is covered for up to 42 consecutive days within 180 days.
  • Inclusions & exclusions: You are not only covered for medical emergencies but also for medically necessary treatments (ear infection, flu), initial mental health issues, and sports injuries. Pre-existing conditions and pre-existing pregnancies are not covered. Read more examples.
  • Monthly costs:  World Explorer costs you between 35,70 Euro and 128,70 Euro a month, depending on your age, the chosen deductible, and if you want to include or exclude the USA & Canada.