The difference between travel health insurance and international health insurance is one of the most confusing topics which this article aims to demystify. There are significant differences in costs, range of cover, and length of cover.
📅 Period of cover
- Travel health insurance: You can find travel health insurance providers covering from a few consecutive days up to a few years.
- International health insurance: Most international health insurance providers offer yearly subscriptions. A few providers allow monthly subscriptions. The minimum cover is mostly 1 year but the intention of this insurance is life-long health insurance. International health insurance is made to cover you long-term or even life-long.
☔️ Inclusions & exclusions
- Travel health insurance: Travel health insurance is made to cover medical emergencies during your travel. Some insurance providers cover medically necessary treatments too but it depends on the insurance provider's terms and conditions. Most travel health insurance providers do not cover pre-existing conditions, pre-existing pregnancies, any other pre-existing medical issues, extreme sports, mental health issues, and other long-term treatments.
Example: In the event, you get, e.g. cancer during your current travel health insurance cover, once this current cover ends, the cancer is now a pre-existing condition for your re-subscription. But pre-existing conditions are most likely not covered by travel health insurance. Re-subscriptions are new contracts, as you can not extend your current contract.
- International health insurance: The cover includes all kinds of medical care, including emergency and non-emergency medical treatments, preventive health care, dental and vision care, mental health treatments, cancer treatments, pregnancies, and sports injuries. Additionally, international health insurance cover vaccinations. If you have pre-existing conditions please check them beforehand with your health insurance provider as it might be subject to medical questionnaires and special terms.
- Travel health insurance: The monthly costs for travel health insurance are mostly somewhere between 25 and 100 Euro.
- International health insurance: You can expect to pay around 3 to 5 times more than what you would pay for travel health insurance.
🤓 Note: The terms travel health insurance, travel medical insurance, international health insurance, and international medical insurance are sometimes used interchangeably. Make sure to understand clearly what your insurance provider means and check the terms and conditions carefully.
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.