What you need to know about medical repatriation in the Schengen area

Whether for business travel or leisure, If you are planning to visit European countries, you are probably aware that the Schengen Area comprises 26 European states excluding Bulgaria, Cyprus Croatia, Romania, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Under the Schengen agreement, residents of the countries that fall under this area are free to move within the countries and across member state international borders without the need for a visa. Moving freely for business or leisure comes with many benefits, however, you must always get travel insurance to be prepared for any unexpected medical repatriations in the Schengen area.

It is worth noting though, that if you are visiting the Schengen area from outside Europe or from European countries that are not a part of the 26 Schengen states, you will need a visa as well as travel insurance to enter the territory. In fact, the regulatory bodies in the Schengen Area have made it mandatory for anyone traveling from a country that requires a visa to have valid travel insurance.

What You Need To Know About Medical Repatriation In The Schengen Area

What is covered by European Visa Travel Insurance?

A European Visa Travel Insurance typically covers medical repatriation costs in case of sickness or accident during your stay. Moreover, it covers emergency evacuation in critical cases; repatriation of remains in case of death; the return of a minor, accidental death disablement or injury benefit, etc. If travel takes place during the first trimester of pregnancy, travel insurance also covers expenses related to pregnancy.

However, the cover may differ according to the terms of different insurance service providers making it vital to know the specificities and clauses of your travel insurance policies regarding medical evacuations and medical repatriations. In fact, while some insurance companies cover the cost of an emergency medical flight, others only cover a part of the medevac expense. This justifies the importance of reading all details of the insurance policy to ensure that it provides enough cover before putting your signature on it should you or a loved one require emergency repatriation back home.

Additionally, it is worth noting that there are situations where an insurance provider collaborates with an air ambulance company that does not provide service in the country you are traveling to. This results in unnecessary hassles, stress and waiting times when you contact the insurance provider to get your cover.  This can make things miserable when you are stuck in a foreign land with a broken leg or just had a stroke and require immediate repatriation flights.

Thus, we recommend that you always read the insurance details and make sure you are getting enough coverage to pay for emergency medical evacuation if the need arises. You may also consider getting an additional medical cover or contact Medical Air Service directly when you need high-quality yet affordable medical repatriation in the Schengen area.

How we can help with medical evacuation in the Schengen area

If you are a citizen of a country that belongs to the Schengen area, a visa is not required and we can arrange a quick medical flight after clearing the discharge formalities from the hospital where you are admitted. 

If you are a traveler from a European country outside the Schengen area or from other countries around the world, we will assist you with the visa requirements to acquire the permission to get repatriated back home to or from the Schengen country you are located in.

Contact us

At Medical Air Service, we are global medical repatriation and air ambulance company that holds an extensive network that enables us to arrange medical repatriation to and from any part of the world. Regardless of whether or not your home country is a part of the Schengen area, we can help you get back home safely and quickly.

We have several aircraft such as jet ambulances, airplanes, and ambulance helicopters that help us cater to the specific needs of our customers. Our air ambulances are fully equipped with medical facilities and the advanced equipment needed to take care of critically ill patients in the event of emergencies.  Moreover, a medical team of a doctor and nurses will escort the most critical patient to avoid any inconvenience during transit.

When you arrive at your homeland airport after a repatriation flight, we will arrange ground transportation via a fully equipped ambulance to take you to your preferred hospital or home. We take care of all details to ensure a smooth bed-to-bed service.

If you have any queries regarding medical repatriation costs or our medical repatriation services within the Schengen area, just give us a call. We are available 24/7 for consultation. Our customer support staff are country-specific so they are familiar with your language and customs to understand you better!

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