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Countries Where Health insurance is Mandatory for Visas

Schengen Visa Requirements

The Schengen Area is a group of 26 European countries that have abolished passport control at their mutual borders. Schengen visa applicants are typically required to show proof of travel health insurance that meets certain minimum coverage criteria, including medical expenses and repatriation, with a minimum coverage of at least €30,000. The countries that are located in the Schengen Area are:

Austria Finland Iceland Luxembourg Portugal Slovenia
Belguim France Italy Malta Slovakia
Czech Republic Germany Latvia Netherlands Spain
Denmark Greece Liechtenstein Norway Sweden
Estonia Hungary Lithuania Poland Switzerland

United States Visa Requirements

While the United States does not require health insurance as a general visa requirement, some types of U.S. visas, such as the J-1 exchange visitor visa, may require applicants to have health insurance that meets specific criteria for the duration of their stay

Here are the visa requirements for the United States for citizens of most countries:

  • Visa-waiver program: Citizens of 39 countries can travel to the United States visa-free for a stay of up to 90 days. This includes countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, and most European countries.
  • Nonimmigrant visa: If you are not eligible for the visa-waiver program, you will need to apply for a nonimmigrant visa. Nonimmigrant visas are for people who are visiting the United States for a temporary purpose, such as tourism, business, or study.

The following documents are required for all nonimmigrant visa applications:

  • A valid passport with a minimum validity of six months.
  • A recent passport-sized photograph.
  • A completed visa application form.
  • A confirmed hotel reservation or proof of accommodation.
  • A return-trip or onward ticket.
  • Proof of financial means to support your stay in the United States.
  • Medical insurance that covers the duration of your stay in the United States.
  • A letter from your employer stating that you are employed and will return to your job after your trip, or a letter from your bank stating that you have sufficient funds to support your stay in the United States.

The visa application fee varies depending on the type of visa you are applying for. The nonimmigrant visa fee is USD 160 for the main applicant and USD 131 for each accompanying person.

You can apply for a visa at the US embassy or consulate in your home country, or online through the US Department of State website. The processing time for a visa application varies depending on the type of visa you are applying for, but it can take up to several weeks.

Australia’s Visa Requirements

Australia requires certain visa applicants, such as those applying for a student visa, to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their stay in Australia. There are a number of countries that require visas to enter Australia.

Here are the visa requirements for Australia for citizens of most countries:

  • Visa-free entry: Citizens of 107 countries can enter Australia visa-free for a stay of up to 90 days. This includes countries such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea, and most European countries.
  • Electronic Travel Authority (ETA): Citizens of 59 countries can apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) online. The ETA is valid for 12 months and can be used for multiple entries.
  • Visitor visa: If you are not eligible for a visa-free entry or an ETA, you will need to apply for a visitor visa. Visitor visas are valid for up to 12 months and can be used for multiple entries.

The following documents are required for all visa applications:

  • A valid passport with a minimum validity of six months.
  • A recent passport-sized photograph.
  • A completed visa application form.
  • A confirmed hotel reservation or proof of accommodation.
  • A return-trip or onward ticket.
  • Proof of financial means to support your stay in Australia.
  • Medical insurance that covers the duration of your stay in Australia.

The visa application fee varies depending on the type of visa you are applying for. The ETA fee is AUD 20 (USD 14) for the main applicant and AUD 10 (USD 7) for each accompanying person. The visitor visa fee is AUD 135 (USD 99) for the main applicant and AUD 75 (USD 53) for each accompanying person.

You can apply for a visa at the Australian embassy or consulate in your home country, or online through the Australian Department of Home Affairs website. The processing time for a visa application varies depending on the type of visa you are applying for, but it can take up to two weeks.

In addition to the above requirements, you may also be required to provide additional documents, such as a letter of invitation from a sponsor in Australia, a letter from your employer stating that you are employed and will return to your job after your trip, or a letter from your bank stating that you have sufficient funds to support your stay in Australia.

United Arab Emirates Visa Requirements

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) requires certain visa applicants to have health insurance coverage while in the country. This requirement can vary depending on the type of visa and the sponsoring entity in the UAE.

Here are the visa requirements for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for citizens of most countries:

  • Visa-free entry: Citizens of 50 countries can enter the UAE visa-free for a stay of up to 30 days. This includes countries such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, and most European countries.
  • E-visa: Citizens of 175 countries can apply for an e-visa online. The e-visa is valid for 30 days and can be used for multiple entries.
  • Visa on arrival: Nationals of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Syria, and Yemen can obtain a visa on arrival for a stay of up to 30 days. However, they will need to have a letter of invitation from an Emirati sponsor.

The following documents are required for all visa applications:

  • A valid passport with a minimum validity of six months.
  • A recent passport-sized photograph.
  • A completed visa application form.
  • A confirmed hotel reservation or proof of accommodation.
  • A return-trip or onward ticket.
  • Proof of financial means to support your stay in the UAE.
  • Medical insurance that covers the duration of your stay in the UAE.

The visa application fee varies depending on the type of visa you are applying for. The e-visa fee is AED 100 (USD 27) for the main applicant and AED 50 (USD 13.50) for each accompanying person. The visa on arrival fee is AED 200 (USD 53) for all nationalities.

You can apply for a visa at the UAE embassy or consulate in your home country, or online through the UAE Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website. The processing time for a visa application varies depending on the type of visa you are applying for, but it can take up to two weeks.

Saudi Arabia’s Visa Requirements

Saudi Arabia requires certain visa applicants, particularly those applying for work visas, to have health insurance coverage.

Here are the visa requirements for Saudi Arabia for citizens of certain countries:

  • Visa-free entry: Citizens of 79 countries can enter Saudi Arabia visa-free for a stay of up to 90 days. This includes countries such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, and most European countries.
  • Electronic visa waiver (EVW): Citizens of 48 countries can apply for an Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) online. The EVW is valid for a single entry visit of up to 6 months.
  • Visa on arrival: Nationals of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Syria, and Yemen can obtain a visa on arrival for a stay of up to 30 days. However, they will need to have a letter of invitation from a Saudi sponsor.

The following documents are required for all visa applications:

  • A valid passport with a minimum validity of six months.
  • A recent passport-sized photograph.
  • A completed visa application form.
  • A confirmed hotel reservation or proof of accommodation.
  • A return-trip or onward ticket.
  • Proof of financial means to support your stay in Saudi Arabia.
  • Medical insurance that covers the duration of your stay in Saudi Arabia.
  • A negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure.
  • An approved paper vaccination certificate, certified by the official health authorities in the issuing country.

The visa application fee varies depending on the type of visa you are applying for. The EVW fee is SAR 200 (USD 53) for the main applicant and SAR 140 (USD 38) for each accompanying person. The visa on arrival fee is SAR 300 (USD 80) for all nationalities.

You can apply for a visa at the Saudi Arabian embassy or consulate in your home country, or online through the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. The processing time for a visa application varies depending on the type of visa you are applying for, but it can take up to two weeks.

Kuwait’s Visa Requirements

Kuwait requires certain visa applicants to have health insurance coverage, especially for work and residence visas.

Here are the visa requirements for Kuwait for citizens of most countries:

  • Visa-free entry: Citizens of 52 countries can enter Kuwait visa-free for a stay of up to 90 days. This includes countries such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, and most European countries.
  • E-visa: Citizens of 96 countries can apply for an e-visa online. The e-visa is valid for 30 days and can be used for multiple entries.
  • Visa on arrival: Nationals of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Syria, and Yemen can obtain a visa on arrival for a stay of up to 30 days. However, they will need to have a letter of invitation from a Kuwaiti sponsor.

The following documents are required for all visa applications:

  • A valid passport with a minimum validity of six months.
  • A recent passport-sized photograph.
  • A completed visa application form.
  • A confirmed hotel reservation or proof of accommodation.
  • A return-trip or onward ticket.
  • Proof of financial means to support your stay in Kuwait.
  • Medical insurance that covers the duration of your stay in Kuwait.

The visa application fee varies depending on the type of visa you are applying for. The e-visa fee is KWD 2 ($5.30) for the main applicant and KWD 1 ($2.65) for each accompanying person. The visa on arrival fee is KWD 2 ($5.30) for all nationalities.

You can apply for a visa at the Kuwait embassy or consulate in your home country, or online through the Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior website. The processing time for a visa application varies depending on the type of visa you are applying for, but it can take up to two weeks.

Qatar’s Visa Requirements

Qatar requires health insurance for certain visa categories, such as work and residency visas.

Here are the visa requirements for Qatar for citizens of most countries:

  • Visa-free entry: Citizens of 100 countries can enter Qatar visa-free for a stay of up to 30 days. This includes countries such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, and most European countries.

 

  • E-visa: Citizens of all other countries can apply for an e-visa online. The e-visa is valid for 30 days and can be used for multiple entries.

 

  • Visa on arrival: Nationals of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and the Philippines can obtain a visa on arrival for a stay of up to 30 days. However, they will need to register with the Discover Qatar website before traveling to Qatar.

 

The following documents are required for all visa applications:

  • A valid passport with a minimum validity of six months.

 

  • A recent passport-sized photograph.

 

  • A completed visa application form.

 

  • A confirmed hotel reservation or proof of accommodation.

 

  • A return-trip or onward ticket.

 

  • Proof of financial means to support your stay in Qatar.

 

  • Medical insurance that covers the duration of your stay in Qatar.

 

The visa application fee varies depending on the type of visa you are applying for. The e-visa fee is QAR 100 (USD 27) for the main applicant and QAR 50 (USD 13.50) for each accompanying person. The visa on arrival fee is QAR 100 (USD 27) for all nationalities.

You can apply for a visa at the Qatar embassy or consulate in your home country, or online through the Qatari Ministry of Interior website. The processing time for a visa application varies depending on the type of visa you are applying for, but it can take up to two weeks.

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