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May 17 2017

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France Travel Insurance

By Kelby Carr. France Travel Expert

France travel insurance is an important consideration before international (or even domestic) travel. As a visitor, it is important to determine whether you need travel insurance, and which plan is best, before you leave home. Here is a guide to travel insurance.

Before You Buy France Travel Insurance

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Travel insurance will typically also cover a few extras, such as the cost to transport you home for treatment if you have a medical emergency, and lost baggage.

Types of France Travel Insurance

If you will be visiting France for a long time, travel insurance is a good idea. You can either get simple travel insurance, meant to cover the cash lost on a trip canceled due to emergency, lost luggage and medical emergencies.

You can also purchase decent short term medical insurance for trips betweem 15 days and one year which include treatment for illnesses.

If you plan to visit for a year or longer, there are many options for annually-renewable plans.

If you require a visa to visit France, proof of health coverage is mandatory before you even apply.

The good news is that France s health care system is wonderful, and actually is ranked higher than that of the U.S. by the World Health Organization.

Comparing France Travel Insurance Plans

If you do decide to buy travel insurance, look for a plan that includes:

  • Treatment for emergencies AND illnesses. Some plans also feature a small benefit (say $100) for dental emergencies.

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  • Emergency medical evacuation.
  • Trip interruption (which usually only covers you in case of the death of an immediate family member or damage to your primary home).
  • Policies with small deductibles ($100 or $250) and co-pays (most international insurance pays 100 percent of medical costs).

Pitfalls of France Travel Insurance

Buyer beware of the following out-of-pocket costs and exceptions:

  • Shop around for the best rate, first of all. Many comparable plans have a wide range in costs.
  • Watch out for low rates in exchange for crazy deductibles of $1,000 or $2,500.
  • Know that maternity treatment and childbirth is rarely covered.
  • Routine vaccinations and preventative treatment is rarely covered.
  • Pre-existing conditions, basically anything you have been treated for before or should have known existed before, is rarely covered. Some policies do, however, allow some coverage (usually around $2,500) for the sudden recurrence of a pre-existing condition.
  • Most won t cover injuries sustained while drunk or on drugs.
  • If you are getting longer-term insurance for an extended stay overseas, check to find out whether you will be covered if you return to the U.S. for a visit. Some policies require that you purchase that extra when you start your policy period.

The crucial thing is to scour the policy itself. You want to pay closest attention to the schedule of coverage or outline of benefits, which will say what is covered and at what level.

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