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Travel Insurance To Europe

Europe is a great destination for anyone from fresh graduates, through to senior travellers, since it gives you an easy opportunity to visit multiple countries during one trip, and experiencing a huge range of cultures and histories. It also means there are endless possibilities in activities you can participate in, from spending time on the beach, through to hiking breathtakingly beautiful landscapes, skiing, or a relaxing river cruise.

Map of Europe with inter-connecting pins

Do Australians need a visa for Europe?

Whether or not you - as an Australian - need a visa when visiting Europe depends on a number of factors, making it a highly complex question to answer simply. Europe is not a country, but rather a continent made up of 50 different countries. Some of these countries are part of the Schengen area: a group of European countries that have common entry and exit requirements, making it possible for travellers to move between countries without going through border controls, or needing a separate visa for each country. There are currently 26 countries in the Schengen area:

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • Czech Republic

  • Denmark

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • France

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Hungary

  • Iceland

  • Italy

  • Latvia

  • Liechtenstein

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Malta

  • The Netherlands

  • Norway

  • Poland

  • Portugal

  • Slovenia

  • Slovakia

  • Spain

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

Australian passport holders do not need a visa to enter and visit any countries in the Schengen area for tourism or business stays of up to 90-days within a 180-day period.

What makes visa requirements for Europe more complicated is the fact that many of the countries not in the Schengen area have visa waiver agreements with Australia, allowing for visa free visits of anywhere from 5-days to 6-months. But the agreements are different for each country, and you are advised to contact the Embassy or Consulate for any European countries outside the Schengen area for the latest details on visa requirements.

When is summer in Europe?

All 50 countries in Europe are in the Northern Hemisphere, with summer officially lasting from 21 June through to 23 September. However, this is also peak season, so in addition to being prepared for warm to hot weather, you should also be prepared for crowds in many destinations.

Do you need an international driver's licence in Europe?

Like the need for a visa, the need for an international driver’s licence – officially an International Driving Permit (IDP) – in Europe varies from country to country. Getting an IDP isn’t that complicated or costly, so if you’re planning on driving through much of Europe it would be better to get an IDP before leaving Australia; you can only apply for it in the country that issued your original driver’s licence. Some car rental agencies won’t rent you a car unless you present an IDP and current driver’s licence.

Do I need vaccinations for Europe?

Most countries in Europe are quite developed, meaning you shouldn’t have to worry about too many vaccinations ahead of time, apart from ensuring you are up to date with:

  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella - Germany in particular has seen an increase in measles over the past few years.

  • Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis - changes in immigration patterns have brought about an increased risk, especially for diphtheria.

  • Current flu vaccination (within the past 12-months).

  • Hepatitis A - not essential, but can help minimise your risk of contracting this foodborne disease.

Nothing ruins a great holiday like having to be treated for an illness that could have been prevented by being vaccinated in advance.

Is travel insurance necessary for Europe?

Even if you are only visiting one country or city in Europe, travel insurance shouldn’t be seen as necessary, but essential. It’s a cost-effective way of preventing unplanned spending on medical treatment – both minor and major – and replacing lost or stolen personal belonging, including your luggage. Crime rates vary considerably across Europe, while there has also been an increase in terrorist attacks on popular tourist destinations, and having comprehensive travel insurance will also protect you against lost deposits and more in the event of any travel plans having to be cancelled or delayed.

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